d*s 5 year anniversary: thank you + a special gift

this month marks the 5 year anniversary of design*sponge and i can hardly believe that it’s been that long! when i started d*s i was working a full-time job and felt that my life was really missing the sort of passion and connections with like-minded people that i desired. ac suggested i start a blog as a way to find my voice and talk about the things i love, and i can honestly say i had no idea that 5 years later i’d be sitting here running this site and finding my life full of the sort of passion and friendships that i’d so desired. i feel incredibly privileged to still be here, working with such a fantastic group of writers- and readers.

when i started in 2004, i was speaking to a few hundred of you and i can remember the sheer excitement of finding out that there were other people out there who cared about chairs as i much did. that fact alone made me so excited to get up every morning and work. now, 5 years later i feel overwhelmingly honored to speak to over 42,000 of you on the site and 32,000 of you via RSS (thanks for your patience with the RSS drama this month!). it has truly been my greatest honor and pleasure to talk to all of you each day. my friends and family know how often i say, “if it all ended tomorrow, i feel so lucky and so happy to have had this job, and produced something i’m proud of”. and that wouldn’t be possible without all of you. so from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

and as a special thank you, i wanted to find a way to give back a little something special. inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, clotilde of chocolate and zucchini, this month marks the first installment of a special year-long d*s artist series. each month i’ll be posting a free desktop wallpaper hand-drawn and designed by one of my favorite independent artists. i’ve invited 12 of my favorite artists to create wallpaper designs made exclusively for d*s; they’ll each debut their design the first monday of every month and i’m hoping that these beautiful custom pieces will brighten up your computer and act as a small reminder that i am so grateful for the joy you’ve brought into my life, and hope their artwork will do the same for you.

this month we’re kicking things off with one of my favorite women in the art world: artist, illustrator and art-director extraordinaire, deanne cheuk. deanne has created not 1, but 2 special designs this month- a gorgeous dark watercolor wallpaper and a light, colorful wallpaper (details of both are pictured above). since deanne is our first stab at the project, she’s gone the extra mile of making calendar and non-calendar versions of her designs. so i wanted to give everyone the chance to vote here whether they would like the series to continue with calendars built into the design, or without them.

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next month we’ll continue with a new artist. so stay tuned for new work by artists like dan funderburg, camilla engman, julia rothman, lena corwin, nama rococo, christopher bettig, mike perry and, my personal art-idol, jen corace.

in the meantime, CLICK HERE to download this month’s wallpapers from deanne cheuk and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support over the past 5 years. love, grace.

  1. Congratulations!! and thanks for doing Designsponge, it is one of my daily read, and a huge source of inspiration and joy. I hope you continue working on the blog as long as you keep enjoying, we all appreciate it!!
    Regards from London

  2. Kate says:

    Congratulations! The wallpapers are so unbelievably gorgeous!!! I wish I could wallpaper my life with the light one. :)

  3. theaxx says:

    TOTALLY LOVE the delicious new backgrounds! Thank you so very much! I have not voted but feel duty-bound to explain my little tale…
    When first seing the ‘August’ image I nearly freaked out thinking there was a whole calendar like this and clicked in a feverish urge to find out more… which I did to find it was only one month in which case, I have downloaded the calendar-free image. Would LOVE to get my grubby paws on an entire years worth of calendar though… hope this helps with the query…



  4. theaxx says:

    goodness, and I just have to say whilst yacking-on here that designSponge is one of the most beautifully designed, jam-packed, fascinating, stylish and VITAL parts of my day and I’m sure many other indivuduals’. So the thanks is all to you.

  5. Carrie Mitchell says:

    Kudos, Design Sponge! You are my favorite blog. Whenever I visit your site, I always come away giddy and excited. Thank you! Thank you!


  6. Martha says:

    Thank you Grace for the never ending inspiration. Over the years your site has influenced my desire to be more involved in the design fields, and now I’m hoping to start a graphic design program in the fall! Thank you for providing great content, motivating me, and others, to be creative.

  7. this is lovely artwork, thanks for sharing! as a wallpaper a repeat pattern would be ideal, so you can tile it on larger monitors.

  8. veekee says:

    congrats! honestly, d*s is better than most magazines in the genre. i read your blog every day. as a matter of fact, i was staring at a d*s post one day and thought “why on earth am i still working as an in-house graphic designer when all i want to do is design patterns and textiles?”. you guessed it – a year later, i’m back in art school, studying textiles. seriously, thanks to d*s giving me sort of lightning strike moment. pip pip, bonne chance!

  9. kari says:

    yes! thanks! it’s been nice to see the blog evolve and inspire. it’s actually super inspiring to just read these comments! i’m almost crying over here! :) keep up the good work!

  10. slowe says:

    thanks for the wonderful work you have been doing, and thanks for the RAVISHING wallpaper.

  11. nwolos says:

    congratulations Grace. I’ve enjoyed reading for five years and hope to be along for the ride for many more!!! Happy Anniversary!

  12. Zoe Pawlak says:

    Your persistance has largely contributed to my ability to live as a full-time artist! I thank you so much for all the days you have pushed ahead to commit to this fabulous community of like-minded gazers! Thanks for firing up my business and your kind inclusion of my work in your creation!

  13. I’m a new blogger and subscriber to your blog so I’ve missed most of the last five years but congratulations and I’m looking forward to the next 5! I love the wallpapers too. Thanks!

  14. Amanda W. says:

    Where would I find the newest wallpaper for September? Thanks!

  15. Alexis says:

    I have been enjoying my August backdrop, and would also like to know where to get the September one.

    1. grace says:


      it’s coming next tuesday :)



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