Through playing with a mix of paper stock, lighting, colour, pigments, texture, tone, finish, shadow and depth, the ‘paperscapes’ give the impression of various 3D forms, acting as optical illusions, whilst appearing as precise as a digitally created image.
The palette for the Marshmallow wallpapers has been kept to Google’s four core colours, with occasional accents of neutral grey. Along with paper, other surfaces were experimented with to produce various tones and textures, including grainy powers to suggest pixelation and troughs of coloured water.
“We wanted to work with surfaces that had a subtle and sophisticated texture, organic to the touch and graphic in composition. After experimenting with different things we came to the conclusion that most materials were too dominant to work in this series,” says Kleiner. “So instead of combining lots of materials we tried different shades of colour. Painted surfaces, colour pigment powders, floating ink and the like.”
Google commissioned Kleiner to created the wallpapers for the new Android Marshmallow operating system, which launched on 5 October 2015, following on from a similar project for the Android Lollipop last year by Klein, coinciding with the release of Google’s Material Design guidelines. (Check out the Google video on the making of their visual framework for more).
The new wallpapers will be the default for both smartphones and tablets once they have been updated to Marshmallow. Google have also two of the wallpapers in blue and red, available to download from the Google Design site now.