Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: Join in!


The monthly wallpaper series was first launched in early 2008, back in the time when we started searching for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Since then, we’ve had remarkable desktop wallpapers1 designed by various artists from all around the globe. It would be our pleasure, dear readers, for you to share your artworks with all of us and we heartily welcome you to join in the monthly wallpaper submissions here on Smashing Magazine!

How Do I Participate?

To get started, please read the Smashing Wallpaper Guidelines42 first.

The Smashing Wallpaper Guidelines42 provide you with all the information you need to know!

What Do We Expect?

Please feel free to browse through our selection of desktop wallpapers5 to get the idea behind what is needed to get featured on Smashing Magazine. Please consider that not every wallpaper will be published as we’ll carefully analyze each work and will select only those wallpapers which have the most creative and artistic potential.

In order to be featured, the wallpapers need to send a message across — not simply some sort of advertising. We are sure that you would be quite proud if you knew that a great number of people across the globe are using your desktop wallpaper on their computers!

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A desktop wallpaper from one of our old collections7

The wallpapers are published in the beginning of every month. Notice that we respect the ideas and motivation behind each and every artist and their work which is why we give you the full freedom to explore your creativity through your artwork. And this is also why the theme of the wallpaper isn’t anyhow influenced by us, but designed from scratch all by yourself!

Feel free to design bold, intriguing, crazy, personal, but creative, unusual and absolutely stunning wallpapers.


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    You’re design work is amazing, I am loving the wallpapers – I’m probably no match tho ;-(

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    Good Idea.. So the readers can also participate with the SM Journey

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    Excellent idea! I’ll definetely join.

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    Sounds awesome! Hopefully I can find some time.

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    Sounds great will give some of my wallpapers a go.



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    Hopefully I’ll get a free afternoon to submit something.

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    Great idea, I won’t miss the contest this time!

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    Rules Ever-M.Senthil Kumar

    March 20, 2008 7:50 am

    Great..I will surely join

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    Cory von Wallenstein

    March 20, 2008 8:20 am

    I don’t suppose there is a specific RSS feed to view the submissions? I didn’t see one…

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    March 20, 2008 10:25 am

    @all who wanted the vector-based version of our logo: we’ve contacted the designer who has created the logo for us — we hope we’ll be able to get a vector-based version as well. However, please notice that the Freehand file is included in the package and is actually a vector-based logo.

    @Cory von Wallenstein: no, there is no specific RSS feed to track the submissions.

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    Look forward to the results.

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    Sounds awesome! I will surely join…

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    Are we allowed to post our entries on our own blog or deviantArt or are they supposed to be Smashing Magazine only downloads?

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    sandie sørensen

    March 24, 2008 11:53 pm

    I’ll try to give it a go too.
    I like the concept!

    I really look forward to seing all the different contributions.

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    Awesome! I’m absolutely going to get busy with this one!

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    will try to participate too.

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    Just sent mine in…. Phantasmagorical!!

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    I’ve just realised how much I admire your comments design and style, the colours and design are very calm and respective to the page content, however your current footer is a bit rough- header is graphical why not the footer?

    I’ll try to enter when I get time too, just one more question:
    Is your site a blog, like run by wordpress or something? It is really cool and I love your site.

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    I was wondering if we can only use the S as a logo, as I tried to design a wallpaper and if I only use the S then it would fit nicely in the overall image and if I use the “smashing magazine” as well then I would need to move it around,


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    Count me in! :-)

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    I am in!

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    I’ve been a huge fan of SM wallpapers, expect a submission for December :)

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    Sent them now..wondering if it isn’t too late!

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    I will join and submit my artwork here..thanks man!

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    Instead of participating as an individual, can I participate as a company?

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    It’s really nice..!!!!

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    Can we submit more than one?

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    Great, I love your wallpapers!

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    They’re quite good… Thanks!

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    I just post my wallpapers with calendars for April2009!

    Hope you will enjoy.

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    I’ll give it a try.. even though I don’t think I’ll have a fighting chance against the other SM users. :D

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    Oh! Yeees! Very nice! :)

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    The requirement of having a ‘smashing magazine logo’ dissuades me from using calendar wallpapers as desktop wallpapers. Maybe the requirement could be reconsidered, or possibly the logo placed near edge of wallpaper so as to be unobtrusive. Thanks

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    Cool… :D

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    Cathedral Graphic Design

    July 8, 2009 4:04 pm

    I’m working on mine at the moment – is it still required to have the nocal versions? The calendar is a necessary part of my design grid ^_^ It might look strange with something else in there.

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    My birthday is in August :-)

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    great… i will try to create one to participate!

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    Are you gonna give away prizes for selected entries?

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    @ SM: I want to send my wallpapers to you but I didn’t find any link or email address to send my work for feature from two hours, please help me. Thanks in advance & sorry for my bad english.

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    Fantastic idea- I love getting my desktop images from this site every month but I live in Australia and it seems they all relate to American Public holidays/ weather etc. Can someone please come up with somthing that related to Australia! :) Cheers

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    will surely join

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    Just found out this… will send a design for december ;)

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    would be nice to add 1024×600 for netbooks… I always struggle to find good wallpapers for my netbook.

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    Very nice! I’m in!

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    hmm I’m still confused how to join..

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    Great Idea – Need to have our creative juices flowing:-)
    Can I still join the contest and what is the last date of submission?


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    wow, breathtaking. keep up good work, folks! you are one of a kind!

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    hello every one where can I change my avatar……^ ^

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    Excellent magazine and terrific idea! Since found, I use these wallpapers monthly. Hope to join in soon!

    Q: Which FORMAT do I use to include the wallpapers in the Submission Email?

    1- Email a ‘.zip’ file containing the wallpapers.
    2- Email a link to download the ‘.zip’ file containing the wallpapers.
    3- Email with links to download each wallpaper.

    The ‘.zip’ containing all wallpapers could exceed a providers email attachment size limit. :(

    A: ?

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    I just made a calendar wallpaper for this month and now I want to show off my work.
    Would be great if you can comment on this one!
    Do you like it? Do you hate it? Tell me because I would like to join this monthly!

    Here´s the link


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    This was really a nice idea.

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    OK I may be a little slow . . . but if I was to submit a calendar in the next few weeks it would have to be for march or april??? And in total I would really need 14 files (different sizes and the two versions, one with a calendar and one without)…?

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    I will join one day!!

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    Definitely join for the next month…

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    I am with DELADE, how do you send all of the wallpaper files in an email? The total size of the files exceeds email attachment limit. Help please.

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    SM team,
    The set of wallpapers without month-dates should also have SM logo or it can be taken off?

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    please continue this for the next twelve months! the works submitted are lovely!

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    will SURELY join! :)

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    William Hawke Bassignani

    May 10, 2010 3:24 pm

    Someone should change the “What do we expect” sample. It doesn’t follow that “English-only” rule in guideline #1.

    Just saying :-D

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      I agree… I often see calendars in other languages. I want to submit one next month for Mexico’s bicentennial. I would make the calendar in Spanish, but I’m afraid it will be rejected, so English it is. Maybe the rule should be Latin characters?

      I wish they were clearer about other things, like adding resolutions to the list, and whether to zip the wallpapers, and what happens if it exceeds the size limit.

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    Great Job ………………………………………………

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    this month it’s
    mi b-day :D

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    I have tried designing wallpaper as suggested here.

    However I am unable to find a product that will hold it firmly to the wall. I suspect that it might not be the kind of wallpaper I was looking for.

    I called my local DIY shop in the end. They had some great suggestions and my dining room now looks really good.

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    thx for making the first day of each month a big surprise~

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    interesting that calendars must be in English, unlike the sample.

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    Requesting some Summer entries. I’m in the southern hemisphere! :)

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    Sounds very interesting! Will definitely give it a go sometime!! :)

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    Sorry for my ignorance but what exactly the meaning of this “pack the wallpaper in one archive”? Do we need to put the files in one folder and zip them or select all the files and zip them??

    Second thing: If I want to display my wallpapers in feb 2011, do I need to send my artwork 2 days before the feb 2011 month starts??


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    I am ready to send my wallpapers for April 2011 and the zip file size doesn’t allow me to send it using gmail or any other email as it exceeds the 25MB limit.
    Do you have any suggestions how to send the file? (33MB)

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      Smashing Media Customer Support

      March 17, 2011 2:19 pm

      Dear Agnes, you could upload the file to any service which allows to store data online and just send us the download link.

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    I wanna send to The designer “thanks a lot”

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    Ambarina Altaf

    July 1, 2011 9:43 am

    I’m definitely going to send my design… I’ve always wondered how do we get our art featured there, didn’t know it could be this simple..:P YYYESSSSSSSSS I’m definitelly IN :D
    thanks alot SM :D

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    I just sent mine in for August!

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    mmm im gonna parcipate….!

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    Is there any possibility to get by mail a notice for new wallpapers ?

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    Burhanuddin Tezabwala

    November 1, 2011 1:19 am

    This seems to be a nice Idea! I never knew, we can submit our designs as well.. Will surely try to contribute my artwork :)

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    I’ll definitely consider joining in one of your monthly contests! They look really cool.

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    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this post and also the rest of the website is very good.

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    Wow, this is amazing! Will certainly try next month!

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    Hi~ I noticed that the 1366×768 resolution isn’t part of the choice in the form.txt file and we’re not allowed to make changes to the structure of the form… so, shall I leave the form as it is and include my 1366×768 wallpaper in the .zip file?

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    I have Illustrator CS5 and the Smashing Magazine logo is made with a newer version. So I can’t open the eps … :/

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    Thank you for the new guideline! It’s much easier to refer to the pdf than searching for the instructions on the website ^^

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    Would you be able to get me in contact with one of the artists? I would like to ask him for a February 2014 calendar.

    Thanks for the help!

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