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.
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.