A splash of color to your browser: Artist Themes for Google Chrome

October 5th, 2009

In the most recent stable release of Google Chrome, we looked at ways to make a snappy, simple browser even more customizable, and we’re happy to hear that you’ve enjoyed personalizing Google Chrome’s look and feel with a few of our early themes for the browser.

Today, we are introducing Artist Themes for Google Chrome. We invited leading artists, architects, musicians, illustrators, filmmakers and fashion and interior designers from across the globe to create artwork for an unusual canvas: the modern web browser. The result is a vibrant fusion of art and technology, with a hundred Artist Themes that we hope will add a touch of inspiration and delight to your web browsing experience with Google Chrome.

One of our favorite themes comes from Yulia Brodskaya, whose innovative paper art techniques and passion for typography and illustration have brought her into the international spotlight. We were particularly intrigued by Yulia’s approach to the design challenge at hand, explained in her own words:

I was really curious to see how the traditional paper craft, which I use for creating my work, can be applied to the Google Chrome browser. I made a quick pencil sketch first, choosing the two main elements for my theme: green jungle leaves for the top and a very colourful parrot to accompany it. Then I followed my usual working pattern and created a physical artwork out of edge glued paper stripes. I used the photographs of the paper leaves and parrot to design my theme layout, and sent the resulting mock-up to Google designers who brought the whole thing to life.

Yulia’s original pencil sketch


Yulia’s final theme in Google Chrome


We’re honored to have the opportunity to work with a hundred artists around the world, including Jeff Koons, Jenny Holzer, Karim Rashid, Jonathan Adler, Oscar de la Renta, Anita Kunz, Tom Sachs, Kate Spade, Donna Karan, Kid Robot, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Graves, Todd Oldham, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Mariah Carey, and Wes Craven (and that’s just to name a few!). Many, many thanks to all the artists for lending their vision, imagination, and hard work to this collaboration.

If you haven’t tried Google Chrome recently, download the latest version and give the Artist Themes a whirl. If you’re already using Google Chrome, you can check out the themes gallery and try on your favorite Artist Themes.

Posted by Glen Murphy, Software Engineer, and Mark Sabec, Associate Product Marketing Manager