Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: September 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 30 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 September?

Places in London

“All of the wallpapers are with the theme of various places in the city of London. These photos were taken as a part of a project for a friend studying architecture and they turned out so well that I decided to make them as wallpapers. You can also see a few more London Wallpapers which I posted on my blog2.” Designed by Kishor Krishnamoorthi3 from Hyderabad, India / University of Essex, UK.

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Unknown Path

“Railroad photo by Richard Ryerson Photography34. Designed by Sean Canady35.

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Jeans World Maps

Available in 12 desktop resolutions — both widescreen and fullscreen. Designed by Vlad Gerasimov46 from Irkutsk, Russia.

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“I designed this wallpaper because dark backgrounds work best for ease of use. I also put a fun funky abstract shape on the left side for an interesting composition.” Designed by Chad Engle61 from WV, USA.

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Dangerous Dinner

“This wallpaper is an illustration about the underdog — never underestimate the little guys.” Designed by Tim Newton72 from United States.

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Autumn Moonlight

“A photographer and his model shoot under the light of the full moon in autumn. As autumn approaches, what better to do than a photo shoot with the girl you love in the countryside?” Designed by Yin Shan Ho83 from Hong Kong, China.

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Sacred Tree of Wisdom

“The theme for my wallpaper i got from the Kung Fu Panda movie. There is a Sacred Peach Tree of Wisdom which master Oolong planted. I liked the colors of it especially the moment when master left the earth along with the leaves. This magical feeling I’ve tried to show in the wallpaper also.” Designed by Tanya Shevkunova94 from New York, USA.

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“Photo by Anja Gronwald · Photoshop by André Barges.” Designed by Loading-Now105 from Rostock, Germany.

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Hat Fashion

“This design came about from an illustration that I did after being inspired by some old fashion magazine covers and illustrations that I’d been looking through. The final product is very different from my original point of departure which was much more summery, but hopefully it fits better now as we’re moving into fall.” Designed by Tessa Matsuzaki113 from Vancouver, Canada.

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Surrealism Phantasmagorical

“I wanted to put together a surreal dreamlike design born out of a simple image. 2 of my friends are in the main picture taken on a walk around the city one overcast sunday afternoon. The idea was to bring some kind of life into what it’s like in a city – even when it’s not sunny – but with a twisted futuristic edge and yet still organic.” Designed by Richard Hopkinson124 from Manchester, UK.

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Forgotten Beigns

“This wallpaper is inspired in my last flash site “Seres de los Reinos olvidados” (Beigns from the forgotten Kigdoms, in english) a Fairy tales site for kids. Designed by Camilo Jones135 from Medellin, Colombia.

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Seasons Autumn

“The motivation behind the work lies in Finland’s beautiful landscapes and scenery. The idea to do this came when I was at a cottage this summer. I wanted to capture the true essence of this beautiful season. Go out and enjoy it. It’s colourful and quiet.” Designed by Miikka Saari146 from Finland.

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Red Green Orange

“It was very hot week, with temperatures above 36oC, and it look like asphalt was melting. I was sitting in my favourite caffe drinking “campari-juice” and there was one slice of orange in glass, and it was looking so refreshing.” Designed by Nikola Lazarevic157 from Serbia.

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Gentle Temper

“I am trying to create a vigorous image with a blend of gentle and soft side of the sea. There is always a cycle at work in nature, an understanding almost that forces are to work hand in hand. I hope to convince people to experience this aspect of nature with my wallpaper. “Gentle Temper” is inspired by poet, John Keats’ “On The Sea” poem. The words “gentle” and “temper” beside each other provide an interesting paradox.” Designed by Ee Venn Soh168 from Malaysia.

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Pupil People

“The story is pretty simple – some of my friends are teachers and I know how they miss their scamp children on the second day of vacation already. So here we are, September is here and they’ve got a chance to love each other again.” Designed by Karel Hejkal179 from Litvínov, Czech Republic.

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On The 197

“This girl was in front of me on the 197, Rosemont, the bus I take everyday to commute. She was extremely unquiet, I’m happy with the result, though.” Designed by Patricia Montero de Cabana190.

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Autumn Rasta Colors

“I love the colors of the falling leafs in autumn, the green, yellow and red leafs reminds me the rastafarian culture and reggae music. Also, September is a very rainy month in my city. This is how I represents this concepts.” Designed by Jon Garza203 from Mexico.

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Yosemite Beauty

“I shot this photo last year in the Yosemite National Park. The natural beauty inspired me and because of I shot it in September I thought it’s a perfect base for a wallpaper for this month.” Designed by Manuel Ressel214 from Germany.

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When type meets texture

“I wanted to experiment with both type and texture. This wallpaper is the result.” Designed by Greg Ponchak227 from United States.

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Goodbye Holidays

“This wallpaper it´s a little bit melancolic with the holidays: car, beach umbrella, happiness, postcard, picture… In september leaf start to dry and i have impress in the wallpaper; we say goodbye to the holidays, a lot of people is sad but we can start watching the beauty of the nature.” Designed by Baskontix from the Basque Country.

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Vectors in Front

“Think about the preponderance of concept. Lapses of fluence like first stammerings of the form. Sketches. The polysemy of the image. The chaos like rhythm. The golden rule. Intuition, feelings and colours. Vectors in front. The independence of taste.” Designed by Martin Pruvost from Argentina.

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“This started out as inspiration piece for the redesign of my site, but the more I started fooling around the more it became clear that this would be more appropriate as a wallpaper. So – tada!” Designed by Elly264 from New Zealand.

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All you need is feed

“The idea is simple, all you need is within reach of a feed. God bless you XML!” Designed by Eduardo Cruz275 from Oaxaca, México. The RSS-icon was designed by Dirceu Veiga276 and is available for free download277.

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Cacao Mood

“This idea comes from our studio name, Cacao-Büro, and it shows what we feel when we design, we are happy because we design, like a little boy with a chocolate bar.” Designed by Cacao Büro288 from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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“My September wallpaper was inspired by all the death I have experienced around me over the past year. Friends, family, and loved ones not losing their lives, rather beginning new ones. I found a verse in scripture that really stood out to me about what was going on around me – Death has been swallowed up in victory. ” Designed by Mike Monts De Oca299 from United States.

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Return to work

“For the calendar of this month I have wanted to treat the idea of the farewell of the summer and the return to the work. The aim is to inject adrenaline whom it sees in order that it begins the new labour year with a lot of energy. Now we have to correct days in the calendar until the next holidays come.” Designed by Alba Soler310 from Spain.

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Miscellaneous Days

“This is another version of my monthly calendar 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!” Designed by Michael Schmidt317 from Vienna, Austria.

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Independence Day Of Chechen Republic of Ichkeria

“When September comes it remind me of 6th September 1991 when my lovely country Chechnya was came into being. So, I am dedicating this wallpaper to all the people of my country. This wallpaper contains coat of arms of Chechnya (which have been modified by me).” Designed by CheDesigner324 from Chechnya.

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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 September we’ll receive as many entries as in August. Join in next month335 and smashing September, folks!

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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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    This post is incredible..!!


  2. 2

    The next month I participate..!!
    Sorry for my english..!

  3. 3

    Same here
    Next month I’m in.


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    Link to the 1440×900 version of the „On the 197” wallpaper with calendar points to a version without calendar.

  5. 5

    Excellent collection as always. I think the sugust collection was much better though.
    I am using “unknown path”
    Anyways digg it guys if you like it.

  6. 6

    Damn I’m in love with these wallpapers every month

  7. 7

    Really cool wallpapers. Thanks :-)

  8. 8

    Great designs. Thanks for these.

  9. 9

    This is the first time that I couldn’t find one that I liked… I guess I’ll have to make my own

  10. 10

    Exelent for wide!

  11. 11

    Beautiful as always. I really hang for the new monthly wallpapers now. The hardest part is choosing one (or two – thanks displayfusion).

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    Edit: Distinct lack of 1280 x 1024 papers this month. :(

  13. 13

    I am very grateful to the artists and designers for so kindly giving your time and talent to this. I look forward keenly to the new desktops each month, and once again they are of a very high standard. Thank you all, and Smashing magazine, very much.

  14. 14

    anyone has 1440*900 version of the Abstraction?

  15. 15

    Fantastic! My favourite is the Yosemite Beauty wallpaper – just stunning!

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    Ah, these are all gorgeous!

  18. 18

    “When type meets texture” has the wrong dates.

  19. 19

    I came across this blog about a week ago and I find myself excited for new posts from you guys. Thanks!!

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    iPhone resolutions, please! :)

  21. 21

    I subscribe to the RSS feed for the magazine. While I find many of the articles interesting, it is the monthly collection of wallpapers that keeps me coming back. I tend to go for the ones that are bizarre and/or cartoonish. Thus, for me, “Dangerous Dinner” is this month’s pick!

    Thanks to all the artists that give their time to create these wallpapers. They’re always terrific and very much appreciated!

  22. 22

    Most excellent ! These are spectacular. Now I just have to decide. :)

  23. 23

    the wallpaper “when type meets texture” has an inaccurate calendar.

  24. 24

    Hi, editors!
    Thanks very much for including my “Vectors In Front” calendar to the list! I am very happy! Another great selection. Gorgeous calendars!
    I think “Jeans World Maps” by Vlad Gerasimov rocks! Beautiful work, Vlad. Congratulations!

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    i think “When type meets texture” calendar is wrong, because september 1st, 2008 not on Tuesday, but on Monday…..


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    Nikita Kondraskov

    August 31, 2008 7:18 pm

    Yes, very beautiful indeed.
    The calender on the wallpaper really saves some space in the taskbar.

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    Thanks a lot to Vitaly and Sven for featuring my wallpapers! =)

  28. 28

    Great collection of wallpapers…

  29. 29

    Great designs! I especially like “Abstraction”. It’s very simple, perfect for a desktop background.

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    Thank you Smashing Magazine for featuring my wallpaper. I look forward to October’s designs!

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    Ee Venn Soh (EIII)

    August 31, 2008 9:31 pm

    Thanks for featuring “Gentle Temper”


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    This one: “When type meets texture” have one Error !
    First of September is Monday ;)….not Fr….anyway :D

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    Babul A. Mukherjee

    August 31, 2008 9:37 pm

    Thanks so much! I so look forward to your selections each month and picking my favorite for my desktop.

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    not so great..wallpapers…eariler one were better

  35. 35

    Is Splatter one in 2009 yet ?!

  36. 36

    links of the first one without calendar have calendar in it :(

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    Thanks for featuring my wallpaper.
    Jeans World Maps is a really great artwork. And I love the sketches by Patricia. Great work.

  38. 38

    I was going to use Splatter as my desktop for this month, but then noticed that the date said 2009. That’s a bit daft, isn’t it?

  39. 39

    Great wallpapers this month! Thanx to you all…

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    I love what I see, but I would love even more a larger number of two-screen outfits (2560+ pixels wide)

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    My God! “Slurb”
    These entries are beautiful! And so original! I’m loving them! Totally!
    I’ve downloaded: “Autumn Moonlight”- thans for that one! It really inspires me!
    But I would also like to give my compliments to the following:
    “Yosemite Beauty” – Great effect!
    “On The 197″ – Very nice mood the drawing gives me! i love it!
    “Surrealism Phantasmagorical” – Wonderfull wonderland. I’m sure this one also would inspire my fantasy, if I used it for background.
    “Places in London” – very original desktop… I like it!

    Thank you all for contributing!

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    Great post and great wallpapers!
    1280×1024 size (or a scale of it) would be very appreciated! :)

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    Always looking forward for the next selection of wallpapers.
    Too bad there aren’t many widescreen wallpapers. I guess the number of people using a widescreen (e.g. 1440×900) equals the number of people using regular scales.

    As these design surely are amazing, I hope there will be more designs for the widescreen users among us ;-)

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    I really love Sacred Tree of Wisdom but the calender sucks!

  45. 45

    Top designs, not as good as last month but still awesome, I need to figure out a script which will display a different one every day on my desktop automatically.

    If anybody knows of such a script please let me know –

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    ferdinand | fudgegraphics

    September 1, 2008 1:01 am

    what a nice collection. “when type meets texture” is my favourite this month. Take a look at my typography-themed september wallpaper. Sorry I totally forgot to submit it to Smashing Magazine. Get it here.

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    Oh… I really Love this

  48. 48

    What a lovely collection… One of my favorites is “Jeans World Maps”.

    Thanks Vitaly & Sven for being so nice and patient… and to every body for their kindness about the girl On the 197.

    Have a terrific September!

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    I’m the only one using 1280×1024?
    I will love to use this background if they fit mi screen

  50. 50

    ” Hopefully, in September we’ll receive as many entries as in August. Join in next month and smashing September, folks! ”

    Liked the post of SEPTEMBER ;-)

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    Designers please note – the first day of the week is Sunday which means most of your designs are no use to me.

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    I miss 1450×1024. ‘Guess I have to replace my matrix ;-) Abstraction’s my favourite. “9″ looks classy too.

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    BTW: “When type meets texture” – am I wrong or it’s 2009 day order? No matter what time zone, 1st of September should be Monday, not Tuesday.

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    sorry, but one of the worst month I ever see here

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    h-a-r-v you’re right. 1st September 2008 should be on a Monday.

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    I’m kind of sad that 1280×1024 is supported so rarely :( I’ll take some 1600ers and scale them down …

    But all in all, great wallpapers! Thanks!

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    The Streets of London for both No-Calendar and Calendar for both 1680×1050 and 1900×1200 point to the calendar versions of both. Great work on All of the wallpapers.

  59. 59

    Thanks for the great wallpapers

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    The one designed by Greg Ponchak has a mistake. The first of september is monday, not tuesday. I hope he can fix this.

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    These are really incredible.

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    The London’s places are really beautiful, but my pc has 1440×900 resolution:(

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    I have my Mac os desktop set to change automatically when it wakes up from sleep, which is cool but there are a limited number of them. I always wished I could drop an RSS feed in there or something like that which would continually pick up new backgrounds like this for me.

    If anyone knows how to do this, please let me know! brian at startbreakingfree dotcom

  65. 65

    Great collection – unfortunaly there are not very many widescreen wallpaper.

  66. 66

    Thanks for featuring my Phantasmgorical work Smashing Magazine!! You guys do a great job… all designs have their mark which all of these leave :)

    Sandie Sørensen Comment – Use it as a background and take it somewhere else… Thanks for the comments :))

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    #60: Emergency! Someone call the author ;-) I just want to correct myself: I miss *1400×1050* of course.

  68. 68

    i really love all these wallpapers, the only thing that bothers me is some of the calendars. what’s the point of putting them on there when you can’t even tell which day it is?

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    These all seem to be “windows-centric” which is sad. How about a requirement to post left and right handed versions when you submit. More challenging and inclusive I think.

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    Very nice wallpapers!!

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    Average, ex Chechen WP.

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    Great post – some nice wallpapers there. My fav is Seasons Autumn… I had no idea that Finland was so beautiful. MakeDesign,NotWar

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    I was just giving you credits! I liked your work, but liked Autumn Moonlight better…
    Hope you don’t take offence?

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    According to Autumn Moonlight, September 1 was a Sunday – wtf? Oh well, maybe it’s a 2002 or 2013 calendar. It’s definitely not for 2008 :-)

  75. 75

    excelent entry

  76. 76

    Smashing, as usual. It’s good to have source of widescreen wallpapers, monthly. Thanks!

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    Same problem… lack of 1280×1024….
    But great works Thanx!

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    Thanks a lot, But why not have a ‘Download All’ feature ?

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    most of them are amazing work
    Good job guys
    Also here are thousans more of wallpapers

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    Please check the dates are on the right days
    Example: when type meets texture.

    Or maybe just all my calendars are off?

  81. 81

    he Autumn Moonlight is wrong too

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    Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: September 2008

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    congrats Krishna……… wtgoooooooooooooooooooooo

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    Thanks a lot, beautiful work!!

  85. 85

    Found another one!
    Return to work lists 31 days for September. There’s only 30 days in September, folks. Nice wallpaper apart from that though.

  86. 86

    superb design.. thanx

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    Let me check first…

    hmm.. im very sory smashing, i couldnt found which i liked :(

  88. 88

    The desktop calendar backgrounds are getting BETTER BY THE MONTH!

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    Sweet as always.

  90. 90

    I like most of these wallpapers a lot, but I wish there was more support for 1024×768. Trust me, if I could get a bigger resolution, I would – but not everyone has a fancy 17″ flat screen.

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    Yes, more 1024×768 support is needed.
    and I feel wallpapers with brighter colors and fresh designs should be used as desktop calendars

  92. 92

    the first one is the best, but all of them look great!
    great job with this monthly calendar thing :)

  93. 93

    wallpapers look great but someone should do something about the mistakes.

  94. 94

    Look forward to this post every month! Keep em’ coming!

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    Absolutely stunning wallpappers! I’ll be back in october.

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    Really like “Return to Work”- but designer adds an extra day to September -

    “Thirty days hath September,
    April, June and November…”

    Someone should carefully check the calendars before posting them on the site-

  97. 97

    I visit this site all month because this wallpappers. I didn’t get the same in sites from Brazil.

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    too bad my choice doesn’t have an option for 1440×900 resolution :(

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    The “When Type Meets Texture” wallpaper has the wrong calendar on it.
    No idea what month that’s supposed to be but it’s not September.

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    Everytime I make one my background I find out that the calendar is wrong.

    The dates on Forgotten Beigns are wrong too.

    The hell?

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    I get psyched every month the calendars are released.
    I really like “All you need is feed,” but would have loved to seen him sitting on the potty :)

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    Thanks! The images aren’t actually from Finland, just some stockimages. But we do have that type of scenery. It woud have been even more Finland-like if I would have added a lake there.

    - Miikka

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    Some are good, some are bad, i specially like “Red Green Orange”.

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    I thought the Miscellaneous Days piece was really ugly until I read how it should be used. What an interesting idea!

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    Have chosen Vlad Gherasimov’s “Jeans World Maps” it looks great on my 1440×900 laptop screen resolution. Thanks Vlad!

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    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat work!

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    Wooooooooooooooooow so nice collection ,really very immpressiveeeeeeee

    Well i’ve added it to my fav and i’ll luv to visit this more…

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    marvellous wallpapers…….thnx a ton guys

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    @brad: funny thanks ; )
    the design however is more focused on what you can do with it and is not so much about being super pretty to look at. Moreover, the coloring is intentionally soft and grey and “backgroundy”, because when it’s in use, all the different colorful icons make their own design on your desktop, don’t they?

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    Marco Osores AKA Ancavilo

    September 11, 2008 10:41 am

    I love the idea i already have my wallpaper for the next month i hope u like it, if they chosse it

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    I really do love and look forward to these monthly calendars. they are all really great. “Dangerous Dinner” really caught my fancy, “Autumn Moonlight” speaks to the romantic side of me.

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    Hi guys!
    The WP with a big round moon is fantasic.
    The day after tomorrow is Mid-Autumn Festival in China.
    Though the typhoon makes me can’t see the moon,but the moon in the Picture is like the mooncake.Haha^_^

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    Autumn Moonlight has the calendar wrong :-((

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    This is beautiful.
    Thank you so much

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    Some of these are really nice, but would be better if people could actually figure out what day the month begins on!

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    I am so impressive to see this amazing wallpaper….will look forward every month

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    Great pictures, but i have a problem with the 1st (London): when i click on “without calendar 1680*1050″, there is the calendar =(
    I use rocket dock, that’s why i prefer without calendar for this picture !

    bye !

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    gr8 it’s very good i like it…

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    I love most of these. the photography and bright colors are absolutely stunning.

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    Thank you..

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    Great work, but the calendar is wrong the 1st does not fall on a Monday….its a Tuesday.

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    Impressive wallpapers… But very few of them are suitable for my PC resolution (1024*768)… Anyway thnx a lot to smashing magazine….

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    VERY NICE .!

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    plz help me in designinga round shaped religious calendar a good design and a multiple sheeted calender
    plz help me


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