Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: June 2008

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Desktop wallpapers can serve as an excellent source of inspiration. However, if you use some specific wallpaper for a long period of time, it becomes harder to draw inspiration out of it. That’s why we have decided to supply you with smashing wallpapers over 12 months.

And to make them a little bit more distinctive from the usual crowd, we’ve decided to embed calendars for the upcoming month. So if you need to look up some date, isn’t it better to show off a nice wallpaper with a nice calendar instead of launching some default time application?

This post features 15 free desktop wallpapers, designed by 15 designers across the globe. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free.

Please notice:

  • all images can be clicked and lead to the preview of the wallpaper;
  • you can feature your work in our magazine1 by taking part in our desktop wallpaper calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?

So what wallpapers have we received for May?

Whale

Available in 12 desktop resolutions — both widescreen and fullscreen. Designed by Vlad Gerasimov2 from Irkutsk, Russia.

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Stay Creative

“The wallpaper is an illustration based on this Picasso quote: “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”. In the illustration, the adult is looking through the wall at his creativity from childhood trying to get it back.” Designed by Tim Newton29 from USA.

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Tribute

“This design is a personal interpretation of June in Macedonia: beautiful sunny days, red poppy fields and Nikola Madzirov’s poetry40. A personal tribute to all the beauty in this world. Girl image inspired by Banksy.” Designed by Meri Donevska-Kosturanova41 from Macedonia.

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Beginning of madness

“When I thought what was inspiring me in May, the mind filled me with flowers, and when I wanted to do the calendar of June I saw it quite full of boil, quite green. Then I found a tutorial in “psd tuts” that helped me to fulfil the wallpaper. The motive of the phrase that it accompanies is the feeling euphoria that transmits me this month.” Designed by Alba Soler49 from Spain.

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Eternal Sunshine

“Designed completely in Photoshop. My idea to this timetable was based on the prophecy and Maya, all that power and magic secret that there are only in the pyramids in Mexico.” Designed by Miguel Angel Lozada from Mexico.

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You Slag

“Looking forward to another hectic summer in Brighton…” Designed by Mark Hurrell63.

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Rhino

“I suppose that I got influenced by the works of Scott Hansen. I just love the retro feel in his designs. Furthermore I used brushes which were meant to emulate the effects of James White. I wanted to have these different sections which form an entity, sort of like when you look through a window and the frame is hiding parts of what is behind. The origami rhinoceros was the last element I inserted and finally gave rise to the title.

The final design is not what I had sketched out but it never is for me. I need a basic idea and then just play around until I’m happy with it.” Designed by Franz Jeitz70 from Luxembourg.

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Nec scire fas est omnia

“It is impossible to know everything” horaz – well true, but not to worry as I learned in life and business, it is better to know a lot of educated people from different disciplines, then you’ll know a lot yourself. And in the end, there is always Google and Wikipedia.” Designed by Dirk Worring81 from Krefeld, Germany.

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Daydream

“I love daydream, when I fall in the daydream,everything is strange, it’s a surrealistic world. Everything has their own soul and live in the unique way, no pain, no goal, just enjoy the imagination.” Designed by Dan Chetao.

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Umbrella

“Umbrella, sky, lights…..and the girl is so pretty!” Designed by Cléo Morgause102 from Brazil.

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Retro Summer

“Well, June it is the month where the summer starts, and when i think in Summer, i think about California and the Beach Boys, and when i think in that, i start to think about retro stuff, and then retro design!” Designed by Bleed113 from Mexico.

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The DJ

“The wallpaper isn’t created only for DJ-fans or people who’ve seen DJ’s at work. The wallpaper can really give a warm feeling to everyones desktop. And after all, aren’t we all DJ’s of our lives?” Designed by Vincent Vander Cruyssen120 from Belgium.

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June Feelings

“Tried to catch the feeling of getting “wings” in the starting of the summer.” Designed by Olariu Alex132 from Romania.

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June Bug

“This inspiration came when we heard that the Cicadas are coming again this summer. And although not of the cicada family, Junebugs can be nearly as annoyingly creepy. The design incorporate a visual pun on the back of the ‘creature’, as well as a near subliminal ghoul face up above within the darkness.” Designed by Michael Langham140.

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Date and Time

Designed by Grikshmi Manandhar151 from Nepal.

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Join in next month!

Please notice that we respect the ideas and motivation behind artists’ work which is why we’ve given artists full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience through their works. And this is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but designed from scratch by the artists themselves.

Thanks to all designers for participation. Hopefully, in June we’ll receive as many entries as in May. Join in next month and smashing June, folks!

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  1. 1

    First!!! Ya… I’m one of those people…

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    Nice. I really like Vlad’s work!

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    daniel.sedlacek

    May 30, 2008 6:05 am

    Hey guys come on, who in this days uses one monitor?? All the wallpapers I see all over the internet are square like … Widescreen please!!!!!

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  4. 4

    Simply AMAZING !!

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  5. 5

    Wow, “June in Macedonia” is really beautiful and inspiring. And I love poppies. Thanks a lot for this great selection !

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  6. 6

    Thank you all! I look forward to these calendars every month now. Stunning stuff.

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    ferdinand (Franz Jeitz)

    May 30, 2008 6:29 am

    yay I made it into the selection. Looks like Bleed had the same inspiration like me when it comes to fonts :) Tribute is so beautiful!

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  8. 8

    Great collection, I really love the wallpaper from Vlad Gerasimov. It’s absolutely beautiful!

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  9. 9

    This is such a brilliant idea, many thanks to SM and to the contributing designers. Now my only problem is to decide between Vlad Gerasimov and Meri Donevska-Kosturanova. I’m off to google for a way of getting Windows to alternative the desktop image each day…

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  10. 10

    Wow!!!
    Great job Meri! Tribute (June in Macedonia) is simply PERFECT!!!!

    Thanks

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    John Moorehead

    May 30, 2008 7:14 am

    Thanks for these! It is nice to have a new wallpaper each month from Smashing.

    I suggest some kind of filter that blocks the the first post if you use the word “first”. We can’t handle the immense pressure of the first comment.

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  12. 12

    Really great backgrounds! I’ll start to use some of these now…

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  13. 13

    Amazing works …

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    They are all great but the DJ is simply awesome!

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    Are you sure....

    May 30, 2008 8:15 am

    Looks like “Tribute” should also credit Banksy for the use of the girl…

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Balloon-Limited-print-Banksy/dp/B0007SQT7S

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    Re: Are you sure…

    I was actually coming here to comment and mention the same thing, that image is a direct “rip” or copy of the work by Banksy and as such he should be credited as well.

    The wallpaper is beautiful, but give credit where credit is due.

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  17. 17

    Second of them is great!

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    Re: Are you sure…,Rich

    Thanks for commenting on the Banksy image, I remembered to give credit to Banksy while developing the design, but ultimately forgot to mention that in the brief description.
    I contacted Smashing Magazine Editors and as you can see, Banksy has been given proper credit!

    Thanks for your kind words ALL and thank you Vitaly for being so expeditive!

    Meri

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  19. 19

    yeay happy to be here :) awesome works from everyone !

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  20. 20

    Umbrella its my creation!!!!

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  21. 21

    Very nice, great idea as well

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  22. 22

    Awesome.
    Normally I see one that really stands out, but this month it’s going to be a hard choice which one I use.
    Thanks guys!

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    This is a great idea, beautiful images.

    The link for Stay Creative 1680×1050 with calendar (http://88.198.60.17/wallpapers/june08/june08-stay-creative-calendar-1680×1050.jpg) loads the 1920×1200 image.

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  24. 24

    Your Eternal Sunshine 1680×1050 is actually 500×312.

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  25. 25

    Yay for June wallpapers! I love this series you have going. Absolutely fabulous!

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  26. 26

    These are really cool wallpapers…………..

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    Fantasic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All of them

    Can’t wait for next month’s collection

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  29. 29

    Wonderful wallpaper by Vladstudio!

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    May 31, 2008 1:44 am

    @Rocco, eccentric: thank you, the images were updated.

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    Ummm.

    Was the retro one a reprint from last year? The dates are wrong.

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  32. 32

    FYI, The calendar for Retro June is incorrect. June 1st is a Sunday, not a Monday.

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  33. 33

    Why there are only few wallpapers with 5:4 proportions ? ; /
    I guess many people have monitors with 1280×1024 resolution :C

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  34. 34

    the calendar retro summer is wrong. This year june starts in sunday, not monday

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  35. 35

    i cant understand why when i save any off those walls the file is empty !! why ??

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    I would like to thank Vincent Vander Cruyssen for gracing my screen with an amazing work of art. The DeeJay rules, man!

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    Guys, there was a HUGE mistake, but now i’ve send the wallpapers whit the correct calendar to the editor.
    Sorry!!!

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    oh, by the way, i like June Bug, and June Feelings.
    Congrats!

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    Gustavs Cirulis

    May 31, 2008 1:35 pm

    This month they’re really great! Thumbs up.

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    As extraordinary collection as usual :)

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    June 1, 2008 3:14 am

    @Bleed: thanks. The images were updated.

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  42. 42

    funny, June Bug is called May bug (meikever in dutch) in the Netherlands. Should’ve been last month then. Lovely wallpapers again.

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    Why not use vector?

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    Meh, these are some really good-looking wallpapers, but I think the big, prominent Smashing Magazine logo ruins them. I don’t want a huge ad on my desktop. What about a subtle text link in one corner that says “http://smashingmagazine.com” instead?

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    I love that ladybug’s wallpaper, it would be cool to have one like that with a spider instead.

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  46. 46

    Some html errors in Beginning of madness.

    Btw, great stuff. Liked it.

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    sandie sørensen

    June 1, 2008 10:50 pm

    Thanks again.

    I’ve downloaded june feelings this time allthough I also like the grassy june og the artist, that I unknowingly have downloaded since the beginning. :)

    I love the curls and stuff in june feelings, but I think perhaps the colors are a bit to dark for that “summer-feel”.

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    Nice wallpapers :)

    The Tribute one in 1680*1050 links to the Retro one.

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    Last one is great. Friggin kool.

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    rogers sampaio

    June 2, 2008 9:14 am

    Hey, guys I could send Mine on time, should I send it or wait till the next month?

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    rogers sampaio

    June 2, 2008 9:15 am

    I mean, I couldn’t :)

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  52. 52

    The whale one is amazing!

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  53. 53

    Thank you so much!!!

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  54. 54

    Simply but supper. Nice great job.

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  55. 55

    I wish I knew how to harnes creativity like these people do. Amazing!

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  56. 56

    oh finally found it *g*
    great!!

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  57. 57

    how do you download these wallpapers

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  58. 58

    Right click > Set as desktop background… I’m using Vista.

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  59. 59

    very nice designs!!!

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    I don’t know if anyone’s mentioned this yet, but some of the calendars are wrong! Namely “Whale”, “Beginning of madness”, etc. June starts on Sunday, not Saturday! At least they’re not all wrong…

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    simply superb…

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  62. 62

    The “june Madness” 1680×1050 link is broken. It should be http://88.198.60.17/wallpapers/june08/june08-madness-calendar-1280×960.jpg

    It seems as if the closing quote is not being read properly.

    Also, the 1280×960 is missing the end quote.

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    Also, the 1680 version of Tribute links to Retro.

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  64. 64

    hentaiplus.tk kicks ass!

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    thank you sandie sørensen,

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    Danhbaweb20.com

    June 12, 2008 8:04 pm

    Thanks you very much.

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    jesus de leon ortega

    June 18, 2008 9:48 pm

    Nice. I really like Vlad’s work!

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    i printed out the retro black, red and yellow one for work…but it’s not a 2008 calendar, the dates are off :/

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    ur all work is so nice i m impressed with ur work

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    whale : Calender of june is really nice.

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    good work

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    good work

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    It is the test of human brain in modern age.

    Google is great to lead a way of glory and creation in the world to pass on new generation to make this glob more beautiful and full of aspirations.

    Mu rad shah

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