If you’re a designer, you’ve probably come across Unsplash, the free stock photography site that has exploded in popularity over the last few years. They have absolutely stunningly good photos you can use in your commercial design projects. They also happen to be a great place to get photos to use as desktop wallpapers.
Enter Irvue, a simple little utility that lives in your menubar that pulls photos from Unsplash based on your preferred channels and displays them on your desktop.
Irvue is like many other auto-updating wallpaper apps in most respects. It allows you to adjust the timing between new wallpapers loading, setting keyboard shortcuts to change them manually and animate the transition between old and new images.
What sets Irvue apart is its short list of unexpected features. One such feature allows you to limit preferred images to portrait, landscape or both. It also offers image blacklisting, so you if you don’t like a particular image you can block it from every showing up again. Another great option is the ability to decide if you want different images to appear in multi-display setups.
But the truly great feature is Irvue’s ability to switch the macOS’ theme from light to dark mode depending on the image itself (see the image above).
Irvue is free, so give it a try if you’re into having different desktop wallpapers with no fuss.