Winner Announced! UO Libraries' 2019 Digital Wallpaper Design Competition

Winning 2019 wallpaper design features sunset over a duck pond.

The UO Libraries Systems Department is pleased to announce the winner of our annual contest to design new digital wallpaper for the library's workstations and internet kiosks.

Lauren Hutter, a first-year art major in the College of Design, created the winning entry that will be used on 500+ computers throughout all seven UO Libraries branches in the upcoming academic year. She receives a $500 prize and a certificate of recognition.

Hutter explained that her winning design, which features a sunrise over a duck-festooned lake, does not represent a real location, but was nonetheless inspired by the natural splendor of the Pacific Northwest.

"I noticed when I moved here that Oregon has a lot more conifer trees than we do back home," said Hutter, who grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. "Of course, the design also features lots of ducks--but the accomplished bird watcher may be able to spot that not all of the silhouettes are actually ducks. For some of them, I used geese and loons."

Avian anatomy is not the only area where the artist was inspired by university branding, but wound up innovating beyond the expected.

"I considered doing a green and yellow color scheme at first, but that didn't work too well. In the end, I created the image in several different color schemes and had my friends vote on which one I should submit."

2019 marked the eighth year of the digital wallpaper design competition, which is open to all UO students. UO Libraries received 20 entries from 14 artists. The winning design was selected by a committee of students, a faculty member, and library staff.

Congratulations, Lauren!