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By Raena Jackson Armitage

Free: 10 Tasty Twitter Backgrounds

By Raena Jackson Armitage

The recent SitePoint Twitter background competition attracted a stack of stunning entries. Check out the winning entries below, and learn how you could design the official background for the SitePoint Twitter feed.

Our judging panel had a stack of outstanding entries to choose from, and the results are below for you to enjoy — ten tasty Twitter background images that you can use on your own Twitter profile. Feel free to download and use any or all of these beautiful images as you see fit. All images are available for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license, and we’ve even zipped up the lot as a single download:

Download all 10 Twitter backgrounds (zip file, 4.6 MB)

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The images are listed here in alphabetical order, according to the creator’s first name.

In the northern hemisphere, spring has definitely sprung. This bold, flowery offering from Allan MacGregor certainly matches the mood of the season.

A flowery Twitter background from Allan McGregor
Dozens of springtime flowers (download a larger version of this image)

In the southern hemisphere, however, it’s autumn—so here’s some green, gold, and red foliage from Anna Ullrich. There’s a surprise in store for those of you with a large monitor.


Funky fall colors (download a larger version of this image)

Our next design comes from Chad McMillan, and features flames and a cityscape. It’s a bit like a poster for a blockbuster action movie.


Great balls of fire! (download a larger version of this image)

Cordelia’s entry is reminiscent of a CSI crime scene. Tweeting on topics that are dark and sinister? This could be the perfect fit for you!


Suspicious evidence (download a larger version of this image)

Neal MacKinder has opted for a scene that evokes a warm log fire and Grandma’s home-made apple pie … or maybe that’s just me.


Paisley and ducks (download a larger version of this image)

Djurdjica Selec introduces herself with some text and a cute illustration—a great way to allow her personality to shine through!


Creative character (download a larger version of this image)

Phil Franks combines a warm wood texture with free-flowing, hand-drawn curls and swirls.


Doodled curves (download a larger version of this image)

Ram Electroskan offers a colorful landscape populated with cheeky cartoon birds and sea creatures.


Twitterscape (download a larger version of this image)

Sébastien Thiroux evokes the mood of a dark wintry day with these curvy clouds.


Moody clouds (download a larger version of this image)

Finally, Shira Gutgold’s SitePoint-themed design uses our logo in an unusual way—embroidered onto fraying fabric!


SitePoint stitches (download a larger version of this image)

Congratulations to our talented winners, who’ll each receive a copy of two of SitePoint’s most popular design books: The Principles of Beautiful Web Design, by Jason Beaird, and Sexy Web Design, by Elliot Jay Stocks.

We’d like to thank everyone who submitted designs. There are some extremely accomplished SitePoint readers out there, and our esteemed judging panel spent a long time deliberating over which were the very best. We’d also like to thank those hard-working judges: SitePoint Forum members Dark Tranquility, Datura, Nadia P, Varelse, Ingoal, DaveMaxwell, and molona.

99designs-logoThink you can do better? Why not have a shot at designing the official SitePoint Twitter background? 99designs today launched the new Twitter background category, and to kick things off we’re offering you the chance to design the background image that will be seen by SitePoint’s nearly 30,000 followers — and win $300 for your trouble! Check out the contest over at 99designs.com.

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