Friday Freebies: Font, Icons and Wallpapers


Free stuff always comes in handy. Particularly if it offers a high quality one would usually expect from a quite costly commercial product. The latter holds particularly when it comes to typefaces and icon packs. On the other hand, when you are looking for some excellent desktop wallpapers to spark your creativity, it’s just damn hard to find the good ones. Well, not any longer.

Below you’ll find some excellent friday freebies — a high-quality font, high-resolution wallpapers and icons as well as a free WordPress admin theme. If you have any further suggestions please don’t hesitate to share them in the comments.

Friday Freebies

Free Font: Museo1 (official site, semi-slab serif font, OpenType)
This OpenType font family comes in five weights and offers supports CE languages and even Esperanto. Apart from ligatures, contextual alternatives, stylistic alternates, fractions and proportional/tabular figures, MUSEO also has a ‘case’ feature for case-sensitive forms.



MUSEO font family has five weights (100 300 500 700 900). 3 weights are absolutely free (300 500 700) and 2 are commercial (100 900). To download the free weights you need to register. Designed by Jos Buivenga, the designer of Anivers4, Diavlo and Delicious which can be downloaded from his site as well.

Dragon Soft Icons5
A set of 6 free business icons, including the themes user, toolbox, printer, disk, column chart and briefcase. Free for non-commercial use.


SocksOff Wallpapers7
A high-quality collection of high-resolution wallpapers which are free for personal use only.



Free High Resolution Wallpapers10
Crestock offers a selection of sexy, abstract, nature and photographic wallpapers, both widescreen 16:10 (1440×900, 1680×1050, 1920×1200, 2560×1600) and full screen 4:3 (1024×768, 1152×864, 1280×960, 1600×1200).



Vlad Studio Wallpapers13
Vlad Studio presents a growing collection of artistic wallpapers in a variety of resolutions. The ones listed below are the new ones.



The Desktop Wallpaper Project16
“Here’s the plan: I’ll be releasing one desktop wallpaper every Wednesday morning (California time) until I run out of wallpapers. They’ll be free to download, and come in a multitude of monitor sizes, as well as iPhone and PSP versions just for the fun of it. As of writing this, there are 60 artists involved with the project, some of them providing multiple wallpapers.”


Fluency WordPress Admin Theme18
An extended and more user-friendly WordPress admin interface, designed by Dean Robinson. The menus are rearranged; main menus are down left and sub menus are placed across the top.


To install the theme download the zip file, extract the contents and upload the whole ‘wp-admin-fluency’ folder to your web server. Then go into your WordPress admin and go to the ‘plugins’ page, activate ‘Fluency Admin’ and you will instantly be using the theme. A nice alternative to the Admin Drop Down Menu plugin20.

Further Resources

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Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He runs responsive Web design workshops and loves solving complex problems in large companies. Get in touch.

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    Hey, you included my tutorial the other week (link) in your sideblog, I added 3 wallpapers to the bottom of the article, wondering if you would like to add it into your ‘Further Resources’ part or something :)

    Love the resources btw, I’ve seen that girl wallpaper before! :D

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    Man, I love that WP theme!

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    Hey, thanks for mentioning ‘Fluency Admin’, much appreciated.

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    Museo is nice…real nice, thanks ;)

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    Wow, that Fluency admin theme looks gorgeous! Thanks for pointing it out, other admin themes never looked that much different. I’ll probably wait until WP 2.5 is out to see what the new admin section is like there first, but I can see me changing to this very soon!

    Thanks for more wallpaper sites too, I love changing up to a nice new wallpaper!

  6. 6

    Thanks for the nice freebies I like the wallpapers very much.. Nice vivid colors

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    Wow, the WordPress Admin Theme is very nice.

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    Yes I must agree, the admin WP theme is delicious and more functional than oryginal one.

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    Thanks for the list, awesome!

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    I love wordpress admin theme and it works with WP 2.5, so thumbs up :)

    Great collection of wallpapers.

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    Thanks so much for mentioning my Vladstudio website! I am hardly working on new wallpaper right now, expect it in 2-3 hours :-)

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    Yeh to Friday Freebies! Thanks. :)

  13. 13

    Wonderful freebies and a very cool wallpaper, thanks again!

  14. 14

    another great wallpaper collection for my desktop :)

    i do wanted to see some typography art wallpaper tho..

    did something like that exist?…well anyway dean’s admin theme looks tempting:)

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    Man, you guys are putting out some awesome content! Keep it up!

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    Wow, That wordpress admin theme/plugin is awesome, Thanks for the share!

  17. 17

    This is again a excellent collection, keep up the goodwork.

  18. 18

    What is up with this “MEN”talitiy of pushing images of naked bodies (especially that of women)?
    Come on! I expect better of SmashingMagazine! There’s many other images that can be presented rather than these.

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    Those pictures are SH*T!

    What is happening to this magazine?? There’s not a hint of good photograpy/post-processing in those images, they look really unnatural, over-saturated skies and grass. You could just as well divide your screen in 2 green/blue stripes and it would look even better!!

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    Fluency admin theme for WordPress is very nice! This is a very liked me. Thanks!

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    This might be very helpfull for the better layout thank you very much

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    Wow, I’ve been a follower of Smashing Magazine for a while and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a NSFW tag before. Is Smashing starting to get a little more racy? Anyway, thanks for letting us “at-work-browsers” know ahead of time so we don’t get fired. You might want to include that on its own page or enable a rollover so it’s not exposed on the main page.

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    Thanks for Fluency, great admin theme.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    March 14, 2008 2:45 pm

    The “NSFW”-image was removed. Sorry for inconvenience.

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    There are much better wallpaper sites out there. I am a huge fan of your articles but it seems this one is low on time spent :)
    my top 3 wallpaper sites are:

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    March 14, 2008 3:53 pm

    Please notice that this article wasn’t supposed to be a best of, it’s just few references to some useful resources which we’ve found over the last weeks. Please consider them an addition to our further posts – see the references listed below this post. Thanks.

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    Lovin’ the wallpapers. Just got about 8 or 9 new ones from this aggregation. This is one of the many reasons you’re my favorite web-related content site. Thanks!

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    Wow, just an nice ass is “NSFW”?

    Getting fired for this? I wonder what would happen if it was tits or even worst… Your boss would burn your house and kill your entire family, I guess.

    It’s a really sad world… and sad to censor the post just because of some imature readers (or imature readers bosses)

    PS : I’m from Europe, I guess these NSFW guys are from the US…

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    Wow, just found this blog. Great work! Great wallpapers! And really great information about fluency WP admin.

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    This might be very helpfull for the better layout thank you very much

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    Love the wallpapers and most definitely adore the fluency admin theme.

    @ Thibaut: I guess we (on the old continent) take nudity a whole heck of lot easier than across the pond. But hey… each to its own :)

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    Always a BIG thank you!

  33. 33

    Thanks a lot, love the first wallpaper.

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    What a day – I got my lunch for free, I had nine stamps on my cafe nero card – so got my free drink and then BANG you guys give me more free stuff!!!! Keep up the great work – your keeping me creative!

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    Nooo! I saw that super-hot wallpaper on Friday and then came back on today to download it for my home PC and its gone! Anyone know where else it is hiding on the net, or can put it online for me to download? Please help, you know which one I mean…


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    Why my previous comment didn’t appear here?

    Bliss Like is a RIP of my Waiting For Sunset wallpaper, released back in January 2005.

  37. 37

    Ечл for new admin theme. They very beaty

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    I’ve been using Fluency for a little while now and it is great, it looks so much better than the default theme which IMHO looks terrible.

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    casas en catalunya

    March 20, 2008 7:33 am

    Fantastic wallpapers and most definitely love the fluency admin theme. Good work.

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    i love the new wordpress theme … eagerly wiating for the new wordpress version too

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    Excellent design site!!

  42. 42

    Funny picture… looks like worms coming out of the trees!


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    Great resources. Thanks!

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    Wow! “Two roads” is the best! It`s on my desktop! Thanks a lot!

  46. 46

    Nice wordpress admin theme.

  47. 47

    Awesome I saved most in all sizes but the long legs and G-string did it for me. thank you very much


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