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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    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


  2. 103

    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)…?

  4. 205

    I will join one day!!

  5. 256

    Definitely join for the next month…

  6. 307

    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.

  7. 358

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

  8. 409

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

  9. 460

    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.

  11. 613

    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~

  15. 817

    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….!

  24. 1429

    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.

  27. 1582

    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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