Progression of the Iconic Background

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You probably know this image as the default Windows 7 background, to Denise Trabona it is the Windows 7 Iconic Background. She joins us to walk us through the progression from concept to finished product. See what might have been a very different looking background and get a feel for what designers consider when looking for a graphical representation of Windows 7.

Don't miss our previous chat with Denise on the other backgrounds that helped define the personality of Windows 7.

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    Rodney McKay

    After watching this video i feel a little bit guilty. I have changed the background image within the first 30 seconds after the install ;)Anyway, thank you for all the effort you put in to this.

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    Spongman

    I like the way that the windows logo looks like a "7" if you let the blue pane blend into the background in your mind. was that intentional?

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    Corrector

    Yep, within 5 mins changed to a solid background as well. Yes, the new background is cool, but the only usable background is a relatively dark solid one, e.g., 13/104/107 (RGB)

     

    Sorry

     

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    androidi

    I think it's a good background for displaying it on shop computer screens. And would think that may've played a role in design (haven't watch video yet so just a guess). But it's not laidback enough to keep when actually using. I like the Architecture and some of the Landscape background shots that come with Win7, so I picked the best of those for rotation.

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    Sven Groot

    It's a nice image (and I don't have issues with animals unlike Zeo), but it's too bright. Especially since the taskbar and window frames stay transparent when windows are maximized (which I still think was the wrong decision), nothing but really dark backgrounds work for me. I use a picture of Saturn taken by Cassini, which is not only beautiful but also mostly black around the edges. Smiley

     

    EDIT: I use this image.

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    vcomrhencke

    I actually really like the bird and butterfly.  It complements the tree and grass, and adds this nice sense of natural beauty to background.  

     

    For the first time, I have actually kept the default Windows background in Win7 for several months now, with no urge to change it. Smiley

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    LarryLarsen

    If I tell you the butterfly is for MSN, will that help? Smiley  I don't know but I'm asking for you. Wouldn't take but a second of photoshopping to remove.

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    LarryLarsen

    As to why:

    "The butterfly doesn’t stand for MSN. I’ve been surprised but you are the only second person to ask that! Figured we’d get that question more. Wink Both butterfly and bird and really all were meant to be globally acceptable. We played with following some of our earlier thinking about objects but from a geopol standpoint it’s impossible to find things that are meaningful on culturally on-point everywhere, and in some cases downright offensive. Not even a coffee cup or a car works. So we went with nature-oriented objects which feel open, atmospheric in the case of the bird and butterfly, and are more universal and inspiring." - Denise Trabona

     

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    biaachmonkie

    Maybe its because birds and butterflies often fly into windows? Perplexed

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    ahumeniy

    I prefer the one with the fish I saw in RC. However I actually use a custom ThinkPad-themed background:

     

     http://slifer-art.deviantart.com/art/ThinkPad-IBM-152497000

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