9 Minimalistic Yosemite Backgrounds

Creating background wallpapers is about the strangest thing that a designer can make in his spare time. If all I wanted were a dozen or so that I kept to myself, then it would be understandable. If they were plastered with graphic art promoting some pop product or brand, then you would assume that made sense to some marketing department. Or if I was a photographer, then it would be popular and well accepted to share my backgrounds.

But wallpapers made from photos are innumerable. We have lots of busy graphics on the Internet that supposedly enrich our lives and personalize our computers and phones. But what I see online is mostly garbage. One way or another, most wallpapers are ugly distractions. I don’t often want to see the same still photo, poster art, painting, or illustration for hours and days and weeks at a time on my displays. Here’s yours truly, when I wrote about my last released set of background pictures:

I love the artistic and enriching qualities of desktop wallpapers. For the longest time, they have been the one sure fire way to personalize our computers. But since I spend a lot of time with computers these days, I have found it very important to add clarity to my digital workspace. I want simplicity that will match the way my mind wants to work. There isn’t time for eye-catching desktop backgrounds if I want to give my full concentration to my agenda.

This has led to what I’ve dubbed the Focus Collection. When it’s all said and done, I want to deliver 12 of these collections. Today, I give to you Focus Collection III.

These nine wallpapers are inspired by OS X Yosemite. Five of them are based on the Mac’s own Yosemite background pictures. The other four are also based on photos from Yosemite National Park.

They are earthy and atmospheric in color. They look-and-feel like you’re viewing the great outdoors through frosted glass. You can’t make out any of the details, but you know Yosemite is on the other side. They compliment the design style of OS X 10.10. And I’ve designed them in 16 sizes to fit all Apple display aspect ratios, and then some. Enjoy.

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.