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Anna Gabali – Multimedia Lecturer – Digital Artist

Understanding display technology and creating wallpapers tutorial Level 2

Posted by on Jul 9, 2011

Understanding display technology and creating wallpapers tutorial Level 2

This lesson is part of a 12 weeks tutorial teaching students about different Digital Design techniques, this lesson is targeted at level 2 groups (NOCN, BTEC, CITY & GUILDS). This tutorial sample is a good base for students to start demonstrating understanding on screen technology. Teachers have to implement their own techniques with this material.  This tutorial last for 12 weeks, because students have to build their own portfolio. 

Lesson Objectives:

  • Introduction to display technology
  • Creative use of Software to produce different types of wallpapers


Mobile phones, Internet, Library, 

Starter Session Show us/describe your wallpaper on your phone and tell us why you have chosen this one. A wallpaper is your device home screen.

 Activity 1-

Search for “wallpaper” using a search engine and see what’s coming up. Choose a nice wallpaper and tell us why you have chosen this one. 

Activity 2 –

Use the library or the Internet to fill in the following table


Main Uses

Define the technology (Exercise)



Find information on the Internet and the library about LED technology.



Find information on the Internet and the library about LCD technology.



Find information on the Internet and the library about Plasma technology.




Find information on the Internet and the library about Plasma technology.

Activity 3

In small groups find the defnition of

  • Display Size
  • Aspect Ratio

You need to wright a small group report. (Continue this exercise as homework, working with your team using different communication channels; blog, social networks, e-mail, mobile networks etc….)

Activity 4- Creative Exercise

Produce and install a wallpaper on your phone. You can make your image using Photoshop or Illustrator; just make sure you save your work at the appropriate size for you phone. Meaning you have to make sure that you research your phone type screen size, and also you need to save your image at the right resolution. 


  • Research your phone screen size and resolution
  • Research different designs (proof must be on sketch book or mood board)
  • Sketch, Sketch, Sketch ideas…………………….
  • Design using software
  • Upload and Test the wallpaper on your phone (using USB, WIFI, Bluetooh, facebook, or e-mail)
  • Show me you design on your phone and print and mount your final design 
Extension Activity
Microsoft is running a competition for the best wallpaper using their logo. Remember the magic work here is corporate branding for screen. Design a Corporate wallpaper that can fit both a Microsoft product (tablet/mobile), and computer screens.
Q&A on screen technology
Blog/Log book entry 


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