I’ve had a free Mapbox account for years now to play around with digital cartography. But recently, I’ve discovered a really good everyday use for it. They wrote this cool blog post about using their API playground to create wallpaper images. They have some really amazing map styles to choose from and you can pick any place on the planet at a zoom level of your choice. Here’s my home, the north of Hamburg, rendered Linux-terminal style:
In their example, they’ve used the technique for iPhone wallpapers, but you can just as easily create wallpapers for your desktop – as evidenced by my ultra-wide choice above. Just make sure you select the “@2x” Retina option, to get a high enough resolution at your chosen aspect ratio.