Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: November 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 50 free desktop wallpapers, created by designers across the globe and sent to us by the designers themselves. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded and used 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 November?

The Pianist

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

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Cheshire Cat

“I adore watch Disney cartoons and I have inspiration in bright funny colors. I was born in October. Autumn colors of nature and my birthday inspired me for drawing some nice pictures. I hope to draw many illustrations in future, let attend to my site and enjoy my drawing.” Designed by Xena49525317 from Ukraine.

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November Ice Queen

Designed by Stefan Bialoszewski28 from UK.

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“Well about the wallpaper, I must said that this year, i went to patagonia, eventhough my country has a lot of indians, i never observed to their native art. Because of my trip i started looking to new things and ancient art seem to motivate my work for the last year. that’s why i wanted to do somethign related to it. This work is inspired by the Diaguitas Art, who use to live in the north.” Designed by Alberto Marcías39 from Santiago, Chile.

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Vibrant Blue

“I took this picture to complete a set of primary colour pictures. I already had the red and yellow just needed the blue and this is what I found while walking my dog.” Designed by Curtis McHale50 from Canada.

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“This wallpaper shows my plans for November…” Designed by Eric Petersen61 from New York, USA.

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“I got inspired by the package design of the Adobe CS4. I love the vibrant colours in mosaic on a dark background and believe that it makes for a good wallpaper. I just played around with shapes until I was happy. It reminds me of the signal screen on old televisons. It’s been done entirely in Photoshop using nothing but filters and gradients.” Designed by Franz Jeitz72 from Luxembourg.

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Art Tree

Designed by Girish Chaudhary83 from India.

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Red Scales

“In this wallpaper I wanted to experience a creative combination between a modern element and some oldstyle elements, playing with black and red color.” Designed by Michele Virgilio94 from Italy.

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French Autumn

“This wallpaper is rather simple, with colors which remind me autumn… No complication with the name, I had no idea for it, and I’m French so… French Autumn!” Designed by Celine Satheen105 from France.

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L’Astrolabe Research

“The theme of this wallpaper is a photograph of the research vessel L’Astrolabe which docks at the Salamanca Wharf area in Hobart, Tasmania between visits to the Antarctic and Great Southern Ocean. I particularly like the strong colour and the masculine industrial feel of the photograph. There are also feminine elements in the reflections off the harbour water which add interest. L’Astrolabe spends its time gathering information about global warming and ocean species.” Created by Steven Clark127116 from Hobart, Tasmania.

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Black Dodge

“The Black Dodge in this photograph is parked every day outside the Tasmanian School of Art in Hunter Street, Hobart. As you can see it’s style, elegance and romance is in stark contrast to the surrounding cars. It’s always polished, always tempting to take for a harmless drive and triggers a combination of nostalgia for those sexy cars of Cuba with a large tot of industrial design.” Created by Steven Clark127116 from Hobart, Tasmania.

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Mice and his shoes

“The work was inspired by the upcoming winter at the dirty streets of Belgrade, Serbia, “grunge” town which I come from. Our snow always appears gray. :)” Designed by Jana Jelovac from Belgrade, Serbia (e-mail: cortexj at gmail dot com).

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November Calendar

Designed by Patricia Villanueva148.

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Yesterday’s Equinox

“November, autumn is in full swing and the vivid colours of the forests are kept shining by the uninterrupted flow of pigments pouring from the sky when everyone is asleep, reviving in every soul the nostalgia that yesterday’s equinox has left behind.” Designed by Valentin Triponez159 aka Tanoshism from Japan.

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Cold Approaching

“November is the month when it really starts to get cold and snow is right around the corner. Motivation: I love this weather!” Designed by Tim Newton170 from USA.

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“The calendar’s motivation was Alphabeat’s hit song: FASCINATION. I just adore that song and it deserved a wallpaper. Then my friends adored it and suggested me submitting it to your calendars’ contest; I hope you enjoy it as much as I did designing it.” Created by Daniel Vazquez181 from Madrid, Spain.

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Baby Chick

“When i decided to design a wallpaper for smashing magazine, i thought, it must be colorful, different and it should tells something about my sytle. So i started to draw then i made this.” Created by Sinem Senol192 from Turkey.

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“Little girl loves candies. The weather in November is dull, and it’s a great pleasure to see something pretty at the desktop.” Created by Valeria Kuzminskaya199 from Ukraine.

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Crazy Autumn Day

“Done in Photoshop Cs3, the concept is one warm and cold image in turn, people believe that digital art can not have feelings, and I believe that art is not on the stand if not on what the artist wants to convey to others.” Designed by Vladimir Bauer from Serbia.

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Road To November

“I got the idea from a tutorial i did a few month ago. and thought it might work nice as a desktop so i decided to go ahead and play around wiith it.” Designed by Simon | Project5231220 from South Africa.

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Flowers For November

“I was playing around with some ideas for a desktop for my personal laptop to use as branding for myself.” Designed by Simon | Project5231220 from South Africa.

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Creative Design

Designed by Rafal Tomal242 from Poland.

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Smoke in Purple

Designed by Xena49525317 from Ukraine.

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“I’m a technical illustrator and I basically came up with this from looking at isometric illustrations all day.” Designed by Kristopher Kouba.

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The Vigil

“While we witness the beautiful transition of seasons in the month of September, all November seems to display is a silent wait for the upcoming snow. As December approaches, nature’s vigil begins.” Designed by Alex Beltechi274 from Romania.

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Wisdom comes with Winter

“November – the start of winter in the Northern hemisphere. Maybe not the most welcoming month. Here I used the quote I remember: “Wisdom comes with winter.” by Irish playwright, Oscar Wilde, arranged with a simple typography. Hoping to make the month pleasanter! Please enjoy.” Designed by Athena Emily285 from UK.

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Art Autumn

“This is 100% fun, freestyle, love, happy times and the future! We were all young, and this is how I saw / see the world as child/now student.” Designed by Bram Vanhaeren296 from Belgium.

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Loco Slickers – Dark & Smokie

Designed by Daniel Nägeli307 from Switzerland.

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Get Ready

“I live in the coldest city with a population over 100,000 (Winnipeg, Canada) and I think that people are grumpy that it’s getting colder. This wallpaper is a reminder that winter is (sometimes) clean, beautiful, refreshing, and maybe not so bad!” Designed by Eli Penner318 from Canada.

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Seasonal Desktop

“Foggy countryside, leaves, wood. My autumnal desktop! My motivation was to create something simple but representative.” Designed by Ecmedia di Cucco Elisa329 from Italy.

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Fly Away

“I created this wallpaper with the feeling of freedom and liberation in mind.” Designed by Irene Demetri336 from Greece.

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West Lives On

“I captured the photo that forms the basis of this work at a ranch in Nebraska where my wife works. I feel this work embodies the romance surrounding the power and beauty of the horse and titled it “The West Lives On” in the spirit of adventure and hard work.” Designed by Jonathan Sharp347 from Nebraska, USA.

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Beauty With Cigarette

“Sometimes beauty can be fleeting like smoke or butterflies.” Designed by Anna Skibinska from Poland (e-mail: onyxen at o2 dot pl).

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Designed by Karina368 (Pixel Pixie).

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Thanks Gratitude Wonder

“Thanks Gratitude Wonder is inspired by Thanksgiving. I thought this quote was really in keeping with the season, and the fall palette and ghostly trees said November in New England to me.” Designed by Leslie Tane Design379 from the USA.

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To Dream Of Autumn

“Inspired by autumn, the colors of nature changing, the sound of leaves crunching as you walk down the street, the whistling wind and an evening cuddled up in a warm quilt.” Designed by Liz Andrade, CMD+Shift Design390.

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Unforgettable Autumn

“November is gray and dull, we feel down and forget lots of things. This calendar is vivid and colorful to break the dullness of the autumn and has a sticky note to make you remember.” Designed by Mariusz Ciesla401 from Poland.

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My Imagination

“My November design is inspired by the rainy, cloudy November we have here in the Pacific northwest. As November washes away the warmth of summer, the vibrancy of the season’s colours live on in my imagination. I find the words of the Walter de la Mare poem “November” really evoke the feelings November brings…”

There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o’er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

I had a lot of fun putting this wallpaper together. It’s all vector illustration in Illustrator. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.” Designed by Michelle Cormack412 from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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C’est une femme!

“It may sound silly, but, it was quite nice that a little girl recognized the woman I was drawing on the bus. Normally people don’t talk to me (and I appreciate that!), but this little lady made me feel really good.” Designed by Patricia Montero de Cabana423.

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“Fall is my favorite time of year and I was having trouble finding a wallpaper that expressed this beautiful season to my satisfaction. To solve this I created a wallpaper of my own in Photoshop. I harvested resources from a number of sites including and to create my piece of art. I think that fall is different from autumn in that the leaves are actually “falling” from the tree. In my design I wanted to capture all the colors of this warm season.” Designed by Philip McDaniel431 from USA.

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Through The Window

“It’s going to be rainy cold and gray. I hope i’m going to be at home watching “through the window”. This is the result.” Created by Nikola Lazarevic442 from Serbia.

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Sweet November

“Inspired by the movie Sweet November.” Created by Vlad Georgescu449 from Romania.

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“My contribution to your monthly calendar series is based upon a picture I shot from a friends couple’s boy. In that photo he looks so mysterious, that it inspired me to a spooky November calendar collage. I’m a photographer, painter and web designer living with my wife and our four kids in Austria.” Created by Sascha David Rieger460 from Austria.

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Miscellaneous Days

“The calendar is the design of the calendar. Fourth version of the miscellaneous days calendar – Loosely group your desktop items around the days you plan to be working on them.” Designed by Michael Schmidt471 from Vienna, Austria.

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Designed by Adam Cavatis.

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Designed by Chris De Schryver488 from Belgium.

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Marine Tech

Designed by Xena49525317 from Ukraine.

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Geometric tribute to Guy

“The design is loosely based around Guy Fawkes night (November 5th) and the many firework displays that are part and parcel of the evenings’ celebrations. I was interested by the inherent beauty of fireworks and the way in which they explode, hence the abstract, geometric style of the imagery. I opted for a warm colour palette to give the wallpaper a sense of cosiness, a feeling I recall from many ‘Bonfire nights’ of my youth.” Designed by Mark Kirwan502 from the art agency Persona, England.

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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 November we’ll receive as many entries as in October. Join in next month513 and smashing November, folks!

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  1. 1

    Nice one… I really like “The Vigil” – It’s soo nice…

  2. 2

    Juan Manuel Lemus

    October 31, 2008 8:25 am

    Great, I love the Turkey-wallpaper and I will download so now…!

  3. 3

    Some great wallpapers here as always!

    Now though, which one to download?????

  4. 4

    October 31, 2008 8:41 am

    Thanks for making our morning – these are great. Really added a smile to our faces

  5. 5

    Love “Cold Approaching”

  6. 6

    Wow, a couple in 1280×1024 at last. Rock on! ;)

  7. 7

    nice wallpapers… i love it

  8. 8

    the one created by Sascha David Rieger is from October.. in rest.. great wallpapers

  9. 9

    Lovely stuff, I might have to enter one of these some time!

  10. 10

    Nice wallpapers here, keep the good work Smashing! (=

  11. 11

    I really think this time’s line-up wasn’t even close to October’s in terms of quality. I see two different colored versions of a rounded vector-ish tutorial result and a couple of other things that are just overdone and gone for good already.

    But I do appreciate the urge to contribute from the same.

    I really love C’est Une Femme, Creative Design and more though. Nice walls.

    I’m gonna get some in for December. About time.

  12. 12

    holy cow!! best calendar gallery yet! I wish i had more computers :(

  13. 13

    MISTAKE: “Baby Chick” has the wrong calendar month

  14. 14

    Nice wallpapers. Thank you.

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    Klaas van Wachteren

    October 31, 2008 10:07 am

    Genius every month. I love it.

    Stay tuned . . .

    The Energy Efficiency Blog

  16. 16

    thanks you, but whats about 1024*768 ?

  17. 17

    love the French Autumn. thanks!

  18. 18

    gracias por la coleccion! =D

  19. 19

    I love the vibrant blue wallpaper. Great photo!

  20. 20

    A couple of good entries, like “The Vigil” from Alex Beltechi (I’m biased, I know, I’m his brother) and “C’est une femme!” by Patricia Montero de Cabana, but the order is at least strange. Maybe the best entries should have been at the top.

  21. 21

    Great job. Thank you very much for this wonderful designs.

  22. 22

    October 31, 2008 12:27 pm

    nice stuff, thanks again!

  23. 23

    i love the “sweet november” one. Its simplicity does a great job with making it stand out in the crowd. :)

  24. 24

    Just an idea, but why not add a poll to the monthly calendar posts?
    Love it, but liked the red scales, French autumn an the mice and boot ones the most.

  25. 25

    I’v e made 1024 x 768 versions of L’Astrolabe and Black Dodge available on my website, if anyone is looking for that resolution. It’s still common to find.

  26. 26

    Thank you for including my work!
    Other wallpapers are awesome too. well done to everyone :)

  27. 27

    wow.. one of the best series i’ve seen here thus far.. well done! thanks for all the creative ideas!

  28. 28

    Guys, your site is amazing, this post is beyond amazing. I wrote about it on my blog (it’s in Romanian only). You have just won yourselves a new reader :)

  29. 29

    November wallpapers with spring mood!

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    podarok -

    October 31, 2008 2:24 pm

    thanks to Vlad Gerasimov. october + november my vote to him!

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    You’ve done it again…. Speechless…

  32. 32

    there’s some nice pieces here! :) Great collection, thanks for including me!

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    My first time at SmashingMag and I like it here! :D
    Very informative.

    I like “Miscellaneous Days”. Simple and creative!

  35. 35

    I absolutely love The Pianist! It’s drop-death-gorgeous ♥

    Thank you guys, for including our wallpaper :)

  36. 36

    thank you guys! great colelction

  37. 37

    thanks a lot

  38. 38

    Created a couple of animated versions of the cube at Animated Cube

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    Great………. Nice Wallpapers Thank you.

  41. 41

    . Nice Wallpapers Thank you.

  42. 42

    wow, so nice, every month come and download,
    hehe, thanks!

  43. 43

    very good site for the calendar wallpapers .i like the site very much.

  44. 44

    Found some cool papers, I’ll use :-P

  45. 45

    a lot of inspiration this month :)
    good job!

  46. 46

    Hi! This is great! The only thing I’m missing is widescreen wallpapers… Like 1440×900 which is the standard resolution of a MacBook Pro. :-)

    Best regards, Jonas

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    el pianista

  48. 48

    The one by Athena Emily is impressive!
    Especially coz its my new desktop wallpaper :D!

  49. 49

    Awesome collection, thanks smashing!

    In the “Join In Next Month”… shouldn’t it be:
    Hopefully, in December we’ll receive as many entries as in November. Join in next month and smashing December, folks!

    ? :)

  50. 50

    wow, I don’t usually comment but this time I can write and say…….. great calendar and very impressive. keep it up smashing magazine.

  51. 51

    Doh! Yes I am upset again! So many beautiful designs which are unusable because Sunday is the first day of the week – not Monday! Please note this time!

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    M. van den Boogaart

    November 1, 2008 8:58 am

    @Nasip: No, since the article was posted in october ;)

    Ontopic: great wallpapers. I especially like the “Creative Design” one. Very nice work with the colours

  53. 53

    all wallpapers r wonderfull…..upload walllpapers wid some music stuffz..

  54. 54

    I like the Creative Design Wallpaper.

    Good Work

  55. 55

    If pushed, I’d have to vote for Isphere and Geometric Tribute to Guy… but I also really like the mouse on the shoe and the american horses on the prairie… :)

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    Peter from Poland

    November 1, 2008 1:43 pm

    Rafal Tomal very good! yes! me like it much! xD

  57. 57

    Hate to point this out, but the “Baby Chick” calendar has the wrong dates. Nov. doesn’t have have 31 days, and the fourth is a Tuesday. Maybe the Oct calendar was used by mistake??

    Great calendars! Thanks very much!

  58. 58

    wow! nov wallpapers are the best of the year so far!

  59. 59

    very nice wallpapers!!!

  60. 60

    nice wallpapers.!!!
    I really like the ”Through the Window” one.

  61. 61

    Thnak you so much for these gorgeous wallpapers. I chose the purpley one with the calendar in the middle and the picnic table. I love it so much. Again, thank you very much for the effort. They are really creative…:)

  62. 62

    Next month, I’m making some too.

  63. 63

    I really like French Autumn *makes desktop background*

    Great work!

  64. 64

    They are awesome! I just wish you had widescreen ones!

  65. 65

    @M. van den Boogaart: Yea right… I’ve missed that! :)

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    Matt from Columbus, OH

    November 2, 2008 4:20 am

    To W. Gary Miller –
    What does it matter that day X is the start of the week? It’s all pretty arbitrary anyway. Please, think outside the box and enjoy the art.

  67. 67

    All great wallpapers… :)

  68. 68

    Great collection!
    French Autumn is my fav

  69. 69

    The creative design is upside down…the “with calender” option leads to the image without the calender and vice versa…atleast for the 1680×1050

  70. 70

    Sorry for the mistake about “Baby Chick”. I send this calendar last month… I did not get it why they featuring my calendar on this month?

  71. 71

    good one!

  72. 72

    Please keep the calendar wallpaper series going into 2009. I love these!

  73. 73

    really cool designs! some are just simple yet I love them.

  74. 74

    loved it!

  75. 75

    Cold Approaching is really cool …. Thanks a load for these wallpapers!

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    wow u have a very cool themes collection. Great designer.

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    Thank ou for including my calendar! (FASCINATION)

    I am really glad to be up there wit all these amazing wallpapers!

    It is the best birthday present i could have received yet (it’s on wednesday the 5th)

    Keep on rockin with SM!

  79. 79

    I like Baby Chick a lot. Got it on my desktop, but I just noticed that the days are all wrong :)
    It seems the calender is from october.

  80. 80

    way to ruin a load of pics with your shitty logo

  81. 81

    awesome collection, only problem is we need more widescreen! 1440×900! keep it up guys.

  82. 82

    I love Flowers For November! Great design!

  83. 83

    thanks guy !!! ^o^

  84. 84

    1280×1024 is dying a slow death :(

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    Franz Jeitz |fudgegraphics

    November 4, 2008 6:12 am

    to all those complaining about the lack of 1440×900. Use the 1920×1200 which is the same ratio and scales down without loss. You don’t even need to resize it or anything. Mac OSX does it for you.

  86. 86

    Loving the one by Mark @ Persona. You rule dude :)

  87. 87

    Again some really great wallpapers! Thanks!

  88. 88

    Vibrant…..Art tree…..n Seasonal wall papers of november month are really coool i like it…….thnx for the add

  89. 89

    So many of these are so wonderful!

    Some of them just aren’t complete without the calendar, but some are better without. I love that you offer both in some cases!

  90. 90

    it seems like “Baby Chick” doesn’t have the right calender
    it is obviously not november in there… it’s just wrong…. and it goes til 31!
    wanted to let you know, i think it’s the only one, but it really confused me a lot now

    otherways this is great as always

  91. 91

    excellent, i love it, it is great, thanks
    i would like learn more about this

  92. 92

    Yet another gorgeous collection of wallpapers. Smashing Magazine, you have smashed it again!. A huge thanks goes to all the designers out there who contributed to this months collection as well as the previous ones.

  93. 93

    WISDOM is cool!

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    web design company

    November 7, 2008 11:37 am

    Love these November calendar graphics.

  95. 95

    I love these desktop calendars! thank you so much!

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  97. 97

    great wallpapers

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    bill antonio culerberry

    November 8, 2008 3:23 pm


  99. 99

    The gratitude wallpaper with a quote from G K Chesterton is really nice!!
    There should be more such wallpapers,
    AT LEAST ONE every month with a nice quote by a well-known face.

  100. 100

    This is a really sweet idea – love the chicken wallpaper – thank you for shearing them!

  101. 101

    Honestly, not the best month I’ve seen. Some good designs in here, but I also saw a couple overused iStock images and like previously stated, 2 rounded vector tutorial spin-offs.

    But I must say, the Cube wallpaper makes up for the rest. It’s GREAT!!!

  102. 102

    It`s to good.

  103. 103

    seasonal desktop is amazing!
    the best !
    i love itt! <3

  104. 104

    I love all of them

  105. 105

    Why I keep receiving old items to my rss feed masrked as sent today?

  106. 106

    very cool fantastic woerk…………….

  107. 107

    Nice wallpapers here, keep the good work Smashing! (=

  108. 108

    This is a really Nice idea for everyone,
    I liked these desktop & calendars! thank a lot!
    as An Artist I truly enjoyed your great wallpapers


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