January 1, 2013

The Shawshank Resolutions: Digital wallpaper inspired by the film “The Shawshank Redemption”

A movie that I watch on repeat, up there with “Casablanca” (1942) and “Shane” (1953), is Frank Darabont’s “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994). When I first saw it, I did not realize it was based on a story by Stephen King. Darabont adapted King’s novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.” Excellent screenplay. Good storytelling, full of affect.

“The Shawshank Redemption” has achieved an extended shelf life on cable, occasionally running throughout a weekend. I watched it again recently and was affected by these lines in the film:

“Terrible thing, to live in fear.”

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things,
 and no good thing ever dies.”

“It comes down to a simple choice, really.
Get busy living or get busy dying.”

Initially, I was inspired to design a small poster. But then I turned toward making desktop wallpaper—something I’ve never done before. I honed in on just one wallpaper, but in the process, while finding and reacting to color combinations, I mulled over certain elements. They were cast members: a rock hammer, hay and the ocean. For those who have not seen “The Shawshank Redemption,” these elements play an important role in the story’s overall narrative and aesthetic. They also act as complementary backdrops to motivational and reflective quotes, which serve well as constant reminders to keep going—in a hopeful and determined way.

Download “The Shawshank Resolutions”

Each version’s compressed folder contains display sizes for desktop, including iPhone and iPad, plus sizes for retina display.

Download Rock Hammer version

Download Hay version

Download Ocean version

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The typefaces: “Haymaker,” designed by Trevor Baum, part of the Lost TypeCo-op, was used for the headline; “Walbaum,” designed by Justus Erich Walbaum, was used for the quotes.

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