Update (12/7): Google has released another “making of” video, this time for a different set of default wallpapers on the Pixel 2. The wallpapers, which appear in the “In the shadows” section of the wallpaper picker, were made by fine art photographer Nicholas Alan Cope out of folded sheets of paper.
“Single-fold origami struck me as really beautiful, accessible and infinitely complex,” says Cope. Check out the video above to see some sample shots of the process.
Original article (11/30): If you own a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, you might have noticed some of the more abstract-looking wallpapers in the “Come and play” section of the Wallpapers app. If you ever wondered how Google ever made those awesome wallpapers, wonder no more, as the search giant gave us a glimpse into what it takes to make them.
Designers Leta Sobierajski and Wade Jeffree are the individuals responsible for the new wallpapers, which were created using various hand-painted foam shapes, fishing line, and various backdrops. In other words, the wallpapers were not digitally drawn or created, though I’m sure computers were still use to process the images.
According to the designers, they “loved the idea of working physically to create something digital.” Thankfully, the results are just as stunning as the idea, because no matter which of the nine wallpapers I pick, it looks awesome on my Pixel 2 XL. Even better, the wallpapers take the phone’s 18:9 display into consideration, filling all the corners with the different imagery.
It might seem like a silly thing to get excited over, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that every time wallpapers for a new smartphone are available, people get excited over them. It also helps that, from where I’m sitting, manufacturers seem to be putting more thought into what they want their wallpapers to look like. At this point, some people can differentiate between wallpapers made by Google, OnePlus, and Samsung.
As it pertains to the wallpapers seen in the video above, they are exclusive to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Of course, some folks have likely uploaded these wallpapers to the internet, so I’m sure you’ll find them somewhere.