Desktop Wallpaper Calender: March 2008


Creativity is all about being stubborn, reluctant, uncompromising or simply different. Unique ideas are becoming necessary, conformity to standards superflous and pointless. Few weeks ago we’ve published an overview of some (really) stunning desktop wallpapers1. Researching for some excellent wallpapers, we’ve stumbled upon Patricia Villanueva’s weblog2 with her sometimes bold, sometimes intriguing, sometimes crazy, but always creative, unusual and incredibly personal works.

That’s why we’ve contacted Patricia, a 29-year-old graphics designer from Mexico-City, and asked her to create English versions of her monthly desktop wallpapers for Smashing Magazine. Patricia agreed. Result: a very special desktop wallpaper calendar for March 2008.

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You can download the wallpaper in 4 widescreen resolutions. A .zip-archive with all resolutions is packed in a wallpaper-pack and is also available for free download:

Here is how Patricia described the motivation behind her work: “The meaning of this wallpaper is really simple. My life nowadays is very confusing, a very personal situation. I’m in this constant turmoil, I have to make up my mind with these two big elephants. I’m fine, but I have to decide what I want to do.”

Please notice that we respect the ideas and motivation behind artists’ work which is why we’ve given Patricia full freedom to explore her creativity and express her emotions and experience through her work. And this is also why the theme of the wallpaper weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but designed from scratch by the artist herself.

Thank you, Patricia!

Please notice: we are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. You don’t know it yet, but your work may be featured in one of our upcoming posts.


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  1. 1

    Great work good design congratulations Patricia : )

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    Oh yes !! I´m very happy to see this great proposal of Patricia here. Congratulations Patricia!! I´m very proud of you, you know that.

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    Felicidades patricia muy buen trabajo

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    ¡Felicitaciones Tocayaza! Your calendars always rock! :)

  5. 5

    Nice image! I like it… it really works.

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    Congratulations Patricia! nice Work

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    Im less than impressed, i would expect better quality from SM.

    “a very special desktop wallpaper calendar for March 2008.”

    Its the same as the march from her self, this one is only in english and add a bad anti aliased logo to it, that doesnt match the colors of the overall design.

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    how old is patricia? ^^
    anyway, great work!

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    nice job.

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    Nice. But, it’s a shame that I can’t use it because I don’t have a widescreen monitor :(

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    Wooooo, fantastic!

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    Nice graphics …

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    Afraid it won’t be appearing on my desktop any time soon, I think you secretly knew you’d get a split opinion on this one but thats what art is all about you’re never going to please everyone all of the time.

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    On WallpaperStock you can find more desktop wallpapers for your desktop

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    It’s ok. I’ve been gettin desktop calendars from for awhile now.

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    This is very poorly done, I would expect better from smashing.

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    Seems interesting.

    Keep going!

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    nice clipart mix, though not very usable indeed…

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    hei, i think that could be better.

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    very nice wallpaper.. thanks SM..

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    Hate to say it but I feel the same way… Wont be appearing on my desktop anytime soon. :( sorry.

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    very poorly done.. model n elephant should be removed.. !

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    cool… boss :-)

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    Somebody got paniqued by the pressure and performed poorly, really not what expected for smashing magazine, I know its not your fault, her other work was not too bad as this one.

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    Could it be that SM has jumped the shark?

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    It’s good of Smashing Magazine to share things of this nature, I love it… although I’m not a big fan of this wallpaper.

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    Sweet looking

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    Mac only.

    Here is an action/script that sets your desktop to the current calendar.

    If Smashing Magazine would organize the calendar structure, I bet the script could be modified to work.

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    Nothin smashing about it, not up to the standards set by SM.

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    I love it! It unusual and pretty darn cool :)

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    what a load of crap.

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    this is a piece of crap ,,. u could have done it better….u must make it ….
    sorry to say this.. i’m disappointed.

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    It’s a bit different, I like it! For those who say it’s crap, grow up, no ones asking you to use it.. If you don’t like, move on to the next post. It is free afterall…

    Keep up the good work SM!

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    I downloaded it. It is graphically complexed yet clean and intense.

    I was a bit disappointed though. I thought there would be some kind of change in or animations.

    It is still quality stuff.

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    is that a typo, or does it really spell “calender”
    don’t confuse me, my English is bad already

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    @MK: Indeed, it does appear to be a typo.

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    Thank you very much Patricia and Smashing Magazine for this beautiful gift. I love it.

    And to those in this comments thread complaining about a free (yes free!) download from a free web site, because it’s not to their particular taste – Really? Did your mothers not teach you manners?

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    Great wallpaper, I will certainly use it in on this month :-)

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    Seems interesting.

    Keep going!

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    Thank you so much Smashing =)

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    la niña graphics aka elena

    March 16, 2008 5:16 am

    es que la gente no tiene otra cosa mejor que hacer que dar el coñazo?

    pat, el wallpaper mola, y sobretodo, no podemos dejar que críticas tan “constructivas” como decir que algo es crap nos afecten.
    Las críticas constructivas si están bien, aportan y se aprende. Pero eso no merece la pena ni leerlo.
    besos from madrid

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    what no 1280×1024 ?

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    Sorry to say, but I don’t think the wallpaper is good even though it’s a visualization of the author’s personal situation.

    Creativity, maybe, but it’s not a good “wallpaper”, IMO.

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    Some shameless self promotion, but my brother Allan and i are creating weekly graphics on our site,

    Cheers SmashingMagazine for a awesome design resource.


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    Sorry but I don’t see all the creativity and greatness that some of you are talking about.
    Just some mixed photos, some common brushes.. just that. And all the composition liooks like there is no idea, looks like “oh what should I put? ok elefants, a girl, plants.. oh a cock should be nice!”

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    this may be not a good one. But it only made all of us to create and view creative wallpapers

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    it so good.

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