Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: August 2008


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 24 free desktop wallpapers, created by 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 which wallpapers have we received for August?

Typography Technopop

“I love visually transcribing music, and having recently acquired some great Kraftwerk albums my inspiration ran rampant. The wallpaper is a transcription of Kraftwerk’s song Techno Pop.” Designed by Jonathan Haggard2 from United States.

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Signalnoise A/V

“This is the abstracted idea of globalized television broadcast that came about in the 1940s to 1960s. The multicolored designs are my rendition of audio/video waves mingled with television feedback, which is how I imagine these signals floating above and beyond our planet. Even though they are, ultimately, invisible.” Designed by James White12 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Dolphins are so 90′s…

“For me august equals summer. And what says summer better than the ocean? So i took the colorful theme from our website, threw in some waves, dolphins, cool summer sky and… some halftone patterns and mixed them all in.” Designed by Adaptd.com23.

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Monster Sushi

“Monster Sushi and is a product of procrastination — I came up with this character when I was putting off filling out some very important forms.” Designed by Regina Silva34 from Manila, Philippines.

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August Fruit

“One of the things that pop into my mind when thinking about August is fruit – besides summer and warmth. Plus I’ve just discovered the Museo font and I thought it would be perfect for the job.” Designed by Piotr Godek45.

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Night Fire

“The inspiration for this wallpaper came from a beautiful night sky and the flames of a bonfire flying up to the sky.” Designed by Henrik Wissing55 from Germany.

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August siberians

Available in 12 desktop resolutions — both widescreen and fullscreen. Designed by Vlad Gerasimov66 from Irkutsk, Russia.

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Bird In Hand

“I made this image in reaction to what has been a very grey and wet English Summer and also to inject a little color and karma to my day. I hope it does the same for you.” Designed by Scott Jackson81 from UK.

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Water Mellie

“She looked at me with that curious expression when I was swimming in my pool one lazy afternoon, thinking “Better not dive in!” While her mind follows the flow of the water, wave by wave. In fact, she was wondering how swimming feels like!” Designed by Athena Emi from Hong Kong.

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“Carrio has been designed in architectural terms.., like an idea for seatting on!” Designed by Ricardo Guillamondegui102 from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Refreshing Bubbles

“In this wallpapers the summer concept goes directly related to the high temperatures. For this reason I have wanted to dedicate the calendar of August, the warmest month, to the refreshing summers baths. The principal image is of an advertising cut of the 70s.” Designed by Alba Soler117 from Spain.

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Summer Time

“I’ve seen this guy several times taking a nap on the grass while I have my lunch in the park (Old Port, Montreal). He seems to be enjoying summer. I wish I could be as relaxed as he is.” Designed by Patricia Montero de Cabana124 from Maracaibo, Venezuela.

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3D Type

“I have fresh new wallpapers for you to give away for free this august. I chose autumn-like colors, and the theme is: typo-loving, and art nouveau.” Designed by Sandie Sørensen137 from Denmark..

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This wallpaper is based on the photo the designer has taken in a field. Designed by Radek Adamczewski148 from Poland.

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“The typography is based on ITC Garamond, and while drawing I just started pulling random stuff, floating in my mind, into the design.” Designed by Arthur Dam159 from the Netherlands.

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Miscellaneous Days

“This version of a monthly calendar is about GTD (“Getting things dropped”) on your desktop: you can use the calendar to drag all the files on your desktop to certain days, when you expect to (hopefully) be working on them. If you didn’t make it – no prob – just drag them to the next day! For the time after August 2008, you can use the wallpaper for weekly “getting things dragged and dropped” on your desktop. It’s easy – and I hope it’s efficient.” Designed by Michael Schmidt166 from Austria.

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My Fragile World

Designed by Maryam Kazerooni177 from US / Iran.

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Geometrical Flower

“This design is a big geometrical flower pattern, with each flower made up of smaller abstract patterns. Inspired by Escher and old Japanese Kimono designs; The patterns and abstract lines create a chaotic blossom full of movement.” Designed by Daniel Edmundson198 from Pernambuco/Recife, Brazil.

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Purple Flame

“I’ve tried to make an ethereal, minimalistic wallpapaper. No collages or photomanupulation. I really like “relax images” in my workspaces. And I love purple!” Designed by Armando Sotoca209 from Spain.

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Independence Day Of Pakistan

“When August comes it remind me of 14th August 1947 when my lovely country Pakistan was came into being. So, I am dedicating this wallpaper to all the lovely people of my country. This wallpaper contains National Monument (Pakistan) which is located in Islamabad.” Designed by Altaf Sayani220 from Pakistan.

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Smashing Poker

Designed by Wade Bekker231 from Cape Town, South Africa.

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Burning Sun

“August is the month filled with sunlight, yellow and sand, beach. The sun in this wallpaper comes from a mosaic a made for a table.” Designed by Nadeschda Broere238 from Holland.

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Funny Grey

“I just wanted to play with nice typography and make a composition for this special month. I chose Elephant – one of the most marvellous fonts I’ve ever seen. Despite of the winter chilly days passing now in Argentina, I just marked out the first day with warm orange for one reason: it’s my birthday. Oh, by the way, the baby girl is my daughter Carmela against pollution and in favour of her plastic rabbit.” Designed by Martin Pruvost from Argentina.

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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 August we’ll receive as many entries as in July. Join in next month265 and smashing August, folks!

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  1. 1

    Cool wallpapers! Love the ‘Dolphins are so 90’s…’ and ‘Pakistan Independence Day’ ones.

    Cheers Smashing!

  2. 2

    Really liking the new calendars, it’s great you have so many, you now just need a program like desktoptopia so we can change them everyday!

  3. 3

    I have to say that I really like Schmidt’s idea, though I usually dislike cluttered desktops. But I just may use this because I use my computer much more than I look up my planner and to-do lists. Thanks :)

  4. 4

    Some radical wallpapers I must say and well done to everyone.
    Simply love the ‘Smashing Poker’ one.

    Thanks so much Smashing!

  5. 5

    Name (required)

    July 30, 2008 4:32 am

    These wallpapers are awesome if you’re of the female persuasion. Oooh, pretty.

  6. 6

    Thank you guys for you hard work! Great results. Love you {}

  7. 7

    I’ve heard about Smashing Magazine and the wallpapers. They are really great and I like “Purple Flame”.

    Can’t wait for September….

  8. 8

    In love :D

  9. 9

    These are awesome! I took the dolphin one, which I’m about to set as my desktop, and My Fragile World. :)

  10. 10

    I like Michael Schmidt’s idea! Very original (at least I haven’t seen it before), simple and maybe powerful (in combination with one of those for putting sticky notes to desktop). Thanx for that, I’m gonna give it a try…

  11. 11

    I visit this site for a lot of time , but never had the will to post a comment , but on this one god those are BEAUTIFUL WALLPAPERS in true meaning of the word.
    Good job creators and Smashing Magazine.

  12. 12

    I like them a lot, but somehow I feel l liked the ones for July better.

  13. 13

    Oh, I just LOVE this posts!

  14. 14

    I love the Purple Flame one, it looks so elegant..

  15. 15

    wow, so many pretty wallpapers, I can`t hardly decide …
    but I think I will choose the night fire, love it very much!

    great! thx a lot!

  16. 16

    I just love it >

  17. 17

    I love the design by Alba Soler, so much so that I did one back in 2002!

    Not saying he ripped my design but seems awefully close.

  18. 18

    Hi! Thanks for including my Monster Sushi wallpaper! :)

    - Reg

  19. 19

    Thx for including my wallpaper!

    Jason K (phirebrush owner maybe? :) ) Woah, seems very similar. Stock photography?

  20. 20

    thanks for these – fantastic! i look forward to it every month :-)

  21. 21

    i love monster sushi! thank you!

  22. 22

    wow! I love this months choices. now I just have to choose one. Thanks for a great b-day present smashing!

  23. 23

    Michael Schmidt

    July 30, 2008 10:17 am

    Thanks for adding my calendar to the list! I’m pretty excited people like it. Thanks @Danna, @Pepa!

  24. 24

    ı like that

  25. 25

    @ Skeku: yep, that is I ;) Yea, I had the image (girl in barrel) from a stock site years ago, but the overall feel seems and such feels a bit close. Oh well.

  26. 26

    Hi editors
    Many thanks for posting my Water Meillie “Cat” wallpaper!

    ATHENA -

  27. 27

    Спасибо большое! Hello from Rossia!

  28. 28

    Oh this stuff is awesome. Definitely going to submit some calendar designs.

    I love this magazine.

  29. 29

    I love “My Fragile World”, and I think that “Smashing Poker” is simply smashing! I’ll be using them as my wallpapers for August.

  30. 30

    Another awesome selection. Thanks guys!

  31. 31

    Fantastic job guys!!!!

  32. 32

    Love the idea behind
    “Miscellaneous Days”

  33. 33

    “August siberians” wallpaper is very attractive,I live it.

  34. 34

    I’ve been waiting for weeks. Love the new wallpapers. I went with fragile world. Thanks! Already looking forward to September.

  35. 35

    its amazing thanks for the calendars

  36. 36

    i really enjoy of these images, thanks all of you!

  37. 37

    great work.

  38. 38

    Love the wallpapers. But “summer time” is too small :(

    I really like “burning sun” but the calender is behind my dock.. sadly..
    So I’ll try the siberian.

  39. 39

    wow these are great once again. You can get so much inspiration from all the different wallpapers. I forgot to submit mine this month. You can get it from here though. Hope you like it.

  40. 40

    Hey guys,
    Thanks for posting my wallpaper “Smashing Poker”!

  41. 41

    Glad to see Independence Day Wallpaper


    A proud Pakistani….

  42. 42

    Simply fabulous collection of wallpapers.
    Specially ‘August Fruit’ and ‘My Fragile World’ has nice and cool combination of colors.

  43. 43

    They’re all so tacky… Signalnoise’s the best by a long distance. Get off the pop design choices guys, the web is vast, go look for original creative stuff.

  44. 44

    The one with the cat rules!!! Already on my desktop!
    Thanks and respect!

  45. 45

    thanks a lot guys..ur designs were awesome!! thanks again..emm why dont we have a bit smaller for smashing logo.sometime quite contrast with colour there.

  46. 46

    Tacky all wallpapers? Haha, I don’t think so ;) Regina Silva, Maryam, Scott Jackson…There are a lot of good jobs.

    Signalnoise has a lot of good works too, but every time it’s the same thing with multicoloured glows. I’m not saying his works are bad but I think it’s too repetitive.

  47. 47

    I wish you would have 1280×1024 as a size choice. thanks

  48. 48

    Quote Catcher Website Design

    July 31, 2008 8:35 am

    I really liked Monster Sushi, very different.

  49. 49

    Thats so smooth and cool. Just what i like. Thanks!

  50. 50

    I was just wondering why my wallpaper pack ‘Wake Up’ wasn’t it in?
    Maybe there went something wrong. And if it didn’t, why wasn’t it featured? I tried to mail, but no reactions. My mails probably get stuck in your spam box or something, although I’ve sent you wallpapers before with success.
    My first mail had as subject: [Desktop Wallpaper Calendar] August 08, Wake Up.

  51. 51

    Brigth colour and cool designe………

  52. 52

    I love “Summer Time”.
    Great work!

  53. 53

    1280×960, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1920×1200, why not 1280×1024?
    It is not problem to resize any of this, but I think that 1280×1024 resolution is pretty common.
    Am I right?
    I almost forget, very nice collection of WP.


  54. 54

    love micheal schmidt’s wallpaper! there’s a 23 where the 12 should be, though….

    hope you do one for september! i would love to use it for school and such

  55. 55

    I’m already a fan of Vlad Gerasimov’s work, so just placed his August Siberian Wooden House on my desktop. Love it.
    Another plus is that he’s got my native resolution 1440×900 which is pretty rare among other presenters here.

  56. 56

    What about a 1280×800 wallpaper for MacBook users, eh?

    Otherwise, awesome job. Special mention to Regina Silva… you make me so proud to be Pinoy! :D

  57. 57

    I truly love Michael Schmidt’s background concept. My only problem is that I am an desktop icon minimalist. But, it gives me an idea… Maybe just use notepad files with the list of items.

  58. 58

    I’m really excited how many of you like the getting-things-dropped idea and find it useful. I bet I am going to do another one next month ; )

    My concept is for desktop power users, that’s clear. A minimalist (like me) who hardly uses his desktop, may like one of the stunning examples from above.

    I kicked this one out in such a hurry – that’s why there’s 23 instead if 12… sorry

  59. 59

    Great post as always. Love Smashing Mag!!!

  60. 60
  61. 61

    Yaaah! its pakistan’s birthday :D

  62. 62

    Cool wallpapers!

  63. 63

    So many summer themes :(

    Guess nobody bothers about us in the southern hemisphere!
    Downunder, we are in the middle of winter right now.

  64. 64

    son un precioso ejemplo de la creatividad del ser humano ,disfrutemoslos y gracias por poder compartirlos ayudemos a q mas personas en el mundo puedan tener en su PC un calendario q es diferente a todos felicitaciones desde P E R U ……….

  65. 65

    Really awesome, Keep rocking… ;-)

  66. 66

    Umm, really cool backgrounds but only a few 1440×900 ones.

  67. 67

    Really good. thought July’s were better though. still amazed at the different tallent that comes through!

  68. 68

    thanks for this, it is all great,..

  69. 69

    Yes Diego(12) , i also feel the same.. The july wallpapers were much more cool than this month’s wallpapers…
    Anyway this month has been more of the gentle looks and simple designs.
    Thank you

  70. 70

    Odipo Brian Sospeter

    August 15, 2008 1:33 am

    Hi people, I love the wallpapers very much. I think they are giving me an interest to know more about adobe illustrator. Nice people.

  71. 71

    Very very good wallpapers, but first place for Henrik Wissing. Congratulations.

  72. 72

    Great but missing 1280 x 800 (MacBook)

  73. 73

    really nice wallpapers, great design ;-)
    i love them

  74. 74

    Hi! thanks for putting our wallpaper. Could you just change the credit from “Daniel Edmundson” to “mooz” ? It’s the name of our studio here.

  75. 75

    Where is our September calendars? =(

  76. 76

    it’s pretty lovely.I’m so loving it!

  77. 77

    really smashing mag!!!
    Check out

  78. 78

    hi i am alvera i love sharukh very much

  79. 79

    Independence Day of Pakistan and my Fragile Life is awesome. Magnifique work.

  80. 80

    Amazing calendars….

  81. 81

    something wrong abaout the date in the should begin saturday with 1 august not friday

  82. 82

    i like smash magazine this is very very interesting magazine please please give a stories in the smash magazine.
    i love this magazine.

  83. 83

    please paste katrina photo.

  84. 84

    cute cudly girls

    May 5, 2010 5:06 am

    give some sterling knight’s picturez cauz we love his songs plus his face

  85. 85

    I lone you pakistan

  86. 86

    well smash is really nice but its costly thts why most of the students like us dont afford to bye it>


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