Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: August 2009

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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 50 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 what wallpapers have we received for August 2009?

Belka and Strelka

"Belka and Strelka spent a day in space on August 19, 1960 before safely returning to Earth. They were the first Earth-born creatures to go into orbit and return alive. Strelka went on to have six puppies. One of the pups was presented to President John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline by Nikita Khrushchev in 1961." Designed by Rumake Web Agency2 from Russia.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 093

Memories

Designed by Nikola Lazarevic21 from Serbia.

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A lazy August afternoon

"August is the time for relaxation." Designed by Monica Corduneanu34 from Romania.

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Horse Rider

Designed by Vlad Gerasimov51 from Russia.

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Do The Dance

"Just a tiny monster dance party!" Designed by Guilherme Simoes74 from Brazil.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 0975

B-side

"Because the back side can be beautiful as well and because there is always more than one point of view. Enjoy!" Designed by Federica Sibella91 from Italy.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 0992

Happy Friendship Month

"As we step into another new month, I realize that this one is of those special month. Life without friends is akin to boat without a sail in the middle of sea. This wallpaper is a dedication to all my friends who have given meaning to my life. Speaking about the wallpaper, it is rainy season in India and you could see fresh greenery all around. The presence of your friends along with so much of beauty of nature is always so much to enjoy. Those two kids have just started this life long journey called friendship.All hail Friends!" Designed by Puneeta Prakash106 from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 09107

iLogiCow – absolute social

"The very first debut of a “new something” called iLogiCow. Some say it’s unbelievably creative persona. Some say it’s fresh looking symbol of trendy design ideas. Stay tuned folks." Designed by iLogiCow119 from Europe.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 09120

Big Catch

"My “Big Catch” Wallpaper Illustration was inspired by a drawing I made alittle while ago during an amazing day at the beach.Too bad I did’t see the big catch coming ;-)" Designed by Manuel Esposito136 from Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 09137

Gezellig

"Gezellig – is a term that is said to encompass the heart of Dutch culture. One says it is untranslatable. Enjoy my attempt to translate ‘gezellig’…" Designed by PeHaa155 from Poland.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 09156

Colombian Orchid

"The orchid is the colombian national flower. This photo was taken inside of “José Celestino Mútis” Botanical Garden in Bogotá." Designed by Carolina Obando (photographer)168 from Colombia.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 09169

Rock the Web

"Just wanted to make something interesting and express my gratitude to my favorite site. I love you!" Designed by Alexey Chernishov183 from Ukraine.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 09184

Summer Colours

"This is my first attempt at a calendar. The design of the fish was inspired by the Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha. I wanted to convey the feel of the month of August through colours. Enjoy!" Designed by Valerie Kozina from Canada.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 09198

Wii Fit Girl

"Wallpaper featuring the original and lovely Wii Fit Girl, Lauren Bernat" Designed by Giovanny Gutierrez210 from US.

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Hadedah Ibis

"Hadedah Ibis are imbued with a sense of legend and history, in this wallpaper the history of flight, sound, art, murky legends and nostalgia are combined to create a moody, soulful wallpaper that will inspire and delight." Designed by Tamsyn Lancaster223 from South Africa.

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It is Better to Create

"This months wallpaper is based around a Julius Caesar quote.It has been designed with a blue colour pallette and orange accent colours.There is also a subtle grunge effect to give the wallpaper some texture." Designed by Paul Randall236 from England.

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Hamster

"Happy Hamster in Harvest time." Designed by Inna Dekhtiar251 from Ukraine.

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Sleeping Moon, Busy Planet

"The planets stay busy making jam, while the moon sleeps" Designed by Chris Alexander (Yipori)264 from England.

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Gladiolus Explosion (August Flower)

"Inspired from the August flower ‘Gladiolus’ the design explores the form of the flower, textures and typography, making the wallpaper a striking and elegant design." Designed by Kate Jones289 from UK, Brighton.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 09290

Ride on the Green wave

"Going green has no seasons. It is an all-year commitment. While out enjoying the sun in the summer for the Northern Hemisphere, ride on the green wave and minimise our carbon footprints." Designed by Wong Kuo Tsung Jordan304 from Singapore.

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August Sentense

"Just motivating sentence for August :)" Designed by Temeshi331 from Poland.

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Lion Storm

"A shining lion with a grunge background." Designed by Booloo350 from France.

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I’m a Frog, you’re a Frog, Kiss Me!

"Made in Québec!" Designed by Mélanie Denis367 from Québec, Canada.

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Drawing Innocence

Designed by Anil Omanwar from India.

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Humans

"This summer I’ve spent 2 awesome weeks in Barcelona. This picture was taken on the rooftop of Gaudi’s “La Pedrera”." Designed by Anca Varsandan390 from Romania.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 09391

You’ve Got August

"I have been a follower of Smashing Magazine for a while but I have never contributed, so this is my first shot. I am an illustrator by heart and this idea came from my notebook full of doodles. I hope you enjoy!" Designed by Luke Eaton with Blue Arrow Design Group from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 09405

Wildlife

Designed by Amandinelle412 from France.

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Dream Car Love

"Guys usually like to pin up girly posters or calendars. This is a parody on this with a car hanging up a picture or calendar of it’s dream girl (car). For those car fanatics or people who just like a classy desktop." Designed by SKO from USA.

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Bored?

Designed by Yigit Yuksel437 from Turkey.

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Butterfly Effect

"I read about the butterfly effect . . .the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings can effect climate changes on the other side of the planet .its very amazing . so I thought to do some design use butterfly, and I used Paul Erlich quotes in this design" Designed by Maya.Sivalingam449 from Sri Lanka.

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All she wants to do is dance.

"Tina just got her new dancing robot, but she’s not allowed to play with it at home.So she sneaks off to another planet to dance, but they’re afraid of her, so they try tohurt her. Too bad their weapons are useless against robots." Designed by Kristen M. Leonard462 from USA.

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Freedom

"Freedom15 August being the independence day of India. I have used the colours in indian flag and children enjoying there freedom." Designed by Supriya Dcunha479 from India.

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Quiet Blue

"Bubbles filled with embryonic geckos floating in a sea of blue, with dark anonymous sharks circling nearby." Designed by Di Harrison494 from Australia.

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Unleashing Happiness

Designed by Anil Omanwar from India.

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Charles Darwin Anniversary

Designed by Pablo Jimeno518 from Spain.

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MotoGP Champ

"This calendar was created for the motorcycle enthusiasts who visit www.allaboutbikes.com.The photo depicts Dani Pedrosa on his Repsol Honda before going on to win Round 8 at Laguna Seca in July 2009." Designed by Erica Volkman533 from USA.

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Bright Summers Eve

"Beams of sun play across the sky, as a tree sits patient on the ground. A summery illustration based on August." Designed by Hennell546 from UK.

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Eight8

"I am a freelance graphic designer from India, currently involved inbranding, banner and brochre design. I love typograhy and I findminimalism to be more amusing than others. My love for minimalism inspired me to do this piece. " Designed by Venkat Sharma AG573 from India.

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August Shine

Designed by Kai Stabel582 from Germany.

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Fireworks Flower

"This plant was just too interesting to overlook. It reminded me a lot of the fireworks that had been going off the past few weeks. I felt like it was a good transition into the end of summer." Designed by A. Monday595 from USA.

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Life or Death

"The idea behind this is to portray the choice that people often have to make about living life. Should you take a risk or take all the necessary precautions to stay safe which may do more damage in the end?" Designed by Kristen Brewer from USA.

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Still Flying

"A Firefly tribute." Designed by Chelsea Otakan616 from USA.

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Deep Green

"This is a photo taken, some July’s day in beautiful a nature reserve “Ku?nik”near to city Pi?a in Poland, this a really amazing place." Designed by Mateusz Mackowiak631 from Poland.

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Hummm

Designed by Jennifer Kowal644 from USA.

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Peony Pink

"A little bit of pink…" Designed by Marlaine Weber652 from Canada.

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Sunflower Eclipse

"Maybe it’s a little too late for the total eclipse…" Designed by Mac Funamizu665 from Japan.

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Urbanshamanism

"You may think that magick doesn’t exist; that if it ever did, it abandoned us when we became an industrialized society. But I think that’s wrong. Magick is still here – it’s switched from analog to digital, it’s embedded in hypertext and video compression algorithms. It’s transferred into our homes along copper and fiber-optic ley lines. Urban sprawls and social networking sites become massive nodes that contain the dreams and reflections of thousands of souls. Finding the layer of magick under the surface of things is the inspiration for this month’s wallpaper. I chose warm colors to represent the end of the summer and a time when our lives were defined by the changing of the seasons and the cycles of the sun and the moon." Designed by Arcane Palette Creative Design680 from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 09681

Freedom 15

"Celebrating Independence!" Designed by Viswanath J695 from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 09696

I found something

"This character found something new in his life, it’s reflection of my life. Sometimes he found a good things, but next day he found a bad one." Designed by Indrajid708 from Indonesia.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 09709

Night at Wuxi

"Quick play with the photo I took in WuXi, adding some pattern to bring the colors to your desktop." Designed by JJ.Ying716 from China.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 09717

Giving up The Demons

"Dedicated to all the innocent lives fade out in wars. May God bless the thousands others who have been abandoned alone by the devils in a tragic end of valuable human life." Designed by Marek Okon739 from Poland; adapted by Sagar740 from Bangladesh.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 09741

How can we improve the SM Calendar Series?

What can be done to improve the desktop wallpaper calendar series? What should be changed? What do you miss? Let us know in the poll and in the comments to this post!


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. Join in next month769!

What’s your favorite?

What’s your favourite theme or wallpaper for this month? Please let us know in the comments! And have a smashing August, folks!

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  1. 1

    Nice Collection.. Of Course far better then the July one. Some of them are very creative.

    DKumar M.
    @instantShift

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  2. 2

    Great! Like Memories.

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  3. 3

    beautiful as always,
    I think ‘humm’ would stand great on a pillow or apron, like thosen on Envelop Envelop

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  4. 4

    Gezellig & Rock the Web are my favourites
    well done guys ;)

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  5. 5

    The last one, that is said to be “Designed by Sagar from Bangladesh” is based on an image created by Marek Okon, from Poland.
    IMO, adding a calendar and a logo to a painting that is not yours (without changing it otherwise and without giving credit to the author) doesn’t count as “design” :/

    (SM) You are absolutely right! The article was updated.

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  6. 6

    Great stuff! Thanks

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  7. 7

    Outstanding month! So many good ones I’m setting a bunch to rotate!

    I’m curious about whether the wordy ones are popular, as I never like them. Perhaps I’m more particular about my words than my images, or perhaps they just aren’t great words.

    Also, as a Southern Hemispherian, those that relate to the season are never appropriate, but I don’t complain! Smashing job!

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  8. 8

    gr8 collection, Thanks for all the hardwork by everyone.

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  9. 9

    Hi,
    I am regular visitor of your site. My desktop is set up every month with your amazing and innovative calender wallpapers.

    Thanks to people who create the design and thanks to your website as well.

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  10. 10

    In those two created by Anil Omanwar, the image effect somehow similiar to photofunia.com generated effect

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  11. 11

    Much better than last month! Thanks a bunch!

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  12. 12

    this month you did an excellent job!!1

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  13. 13

    Giving up The Demons – plagiarism of Marek Okoń artwork:
    Rain on deviantArt.

    This artwork is copyrighted. Can’t be modified without permission!

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  14. 14

    great!

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  15. 15

    Excellent collection, these artist are really talented, I’ll prepare mine for next month.

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  16. 16

    How did the hamster wallpaper get in there? That hamster character is obviously Rhino from the Disney movie Bolt. Only the nose was changed. just FYI

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  17. 17

    two things:

    1st)
    1280×1024 is a pretty common resolution (17″-19″ TFT) but is often missing :(

    2nd)
    let there be more designs around real pictures (cars, nature, …). the fraction of artificial backgrounds is too large in my eyes. think of something like “dream car love”.

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  18. 18

    All I can say is that you better be around next year or I’ll loose track of the months : ) Thanks for the beautiful Calendars!

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  19. 19

    СПС!

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  20. 20

    “Puneeta Prakash” This one is nice especially.

    Thanks…………………………..

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  21. 21

    I am using that Giving up The Demons I don’t its so awsme that sould be on the top the theme make me almost cry I had also feel the same pain love that awsme one

    Great Piece of ARt thnx for posting it LOVE YOU

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  22. 22

    GREAT! BEAUTIFUL!

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  23. 23

    Love the Zebra wallpaper. Great post! :)

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  24. 24

    Thanks SmashingMag to show up my wallpaper made in Québec!

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  25. 25

    wow!! cool stuff! teh 8 fish thing stuff looks so cool!! wonder what “nabrasya” is :) ny idea???

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  26. 26

    i think i can do “art wallpapers” by myself when I saw these above. earlier months were much, much better. Guys! Go to work, if not I will do something and I’m not a graphic designer!

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  27. 27

    Hey Smashing! Thanks so much for including my hadedah wallpaper! xt

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  28. 28

    Spell correctly?

    How can we imporive the SM Calendar Series?

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  29. 29

    Ce mois-ci nos créateurs ont super bien bossé! Il va être trés difficile d’en choisir qu’un…

    Merci.
    _Elwin_

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  30. 30

    Love the Belka & Strelka as well as the Zebra wallpaper. Great work!

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    Martin Bentley Krebs

    July 31, 2009 5:04 am

    Okay, one design using a photo as an illustration is bad enough, but two using the same child?

    This was your best?

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  32. 32

    Belka and Strelka! it’s beautiful… I love it!

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    at Paul Randall: so you made an august version of your july wallpaper quoting _juli_us ceasar – not funny any more. Will you submit it for the rest of the year, too?

    http://prandall.com/2009/06/25/july-2009-wallpaper/

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  34. 34

    même en france on aime les wallpaper de smashing …thank you

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  35. 35

    Nice work everybody. Great article…

    lol, designs by Anil Omanwar (Drawing innocence and Unleashing Happiness) are from photofunia.com with added calendar… It’s just enlarged, that’s why it’s poor quality in high resolutions…

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  36. 36

    sorry for double post :S

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  37. 37

    все такие классные, не могу выбрать!!!! о_0

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    DistractedRicki

    July 31, 2009 6:01 am

    I don’t like the idea of a theme for each month… I appreciate being able to choose a desktop calender to suit my own taste and mood. Voting seems like a good idea… there are quite a few sub-par designs here, IMO, and it would be great to sort them by votes.

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  39. 39

    So many great wallpapers! It`s really hard to choose one for my desktop… :)

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  40. 40

    August Sentense – creative font.. Can you please tell what is the name?

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  41. 41

    Used the “Belka and Strelka” wallpaper – looks great. Thanks!

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  42. 42

    Il calendario di Puneeta Prakash its wonderful, fantastic!
    Molto bello anche quello di Nikola Lazarevic.

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  43. 43

    I’m been waiting for these all week! There’s a bunch I’ll be rotating throughout the month, but my favorite is Gladiolus Explosion :D

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  44. 44

    Just because you type
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
    on top of a picture doesn’t make it a calendar (eg. Paul Randal).
    In fact, you have made it completely useless.
    Let’s get some days of the week in there people.

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  45. 45

    que onda Drawing Innocence y Unleashing Happiness, medio raro locos.

    saludos a todos los modernos

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  46. 46

    I think that this is overall a great collection of wallpapers. Thank, Smashing Mag.

    As was mentioned before, anyone can create an image like the one used in “Unleashing Happiness” by visiting photofunia.com — but it might not be esy to find the page.

    The link to that image is http://photofunia.com/effects/69

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  47. 47

    I’ll love to a have a zip download option by size…even if there were just 3 like – small, meduim, large…

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  48. 48

    excelent…. congratulations……….¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ in my birthday this wallpapers are beautiful

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  49. 49

    This is the best feature ever. I change my calendar many times depending on my mood. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  50. 50

    Require submissions or anything to be up to 2560 x 1600? I don’t like having a wallpaper in a box and I can rarely use any of these on the big monitor.

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  51. 51

    Lucky 11 Studios

    July 31, 2009 7:37 am

    A select few are pretty damn decent. But there are a bunch others that are a joke. Amateur design—Smashing deserves better!

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    Lucky 11 Studios

    July 31, 2009 7:46 am

    @ Tim : Good call. Paul Randall’s calendar is a joke. Seriously, thanks for taking the 3 minutes it took to do that one. Oh, and last time I checked quotes usually END in quote marks as well.

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  53. 53

    Perhaps a FEW days before the last day of the month to give us time to contemplate, judge, and decide on the following month’s submissions would make this better. (July has seemed to be a long month!)

    I’d like to know more about the artists; short profile as a sidebar or below the submissions–even a link–to other work as well?

    Otherwise, this is perfect! I’ve led others (particularly women, who love the flower wallpapers) to this place, and they keep asking when the next submissions appear… but you know how women never listen…. :-D

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  54. 54

    @ John, #50

    I’m not familiar with how women never listen, I am however familiar with how guys like you are misogynist morons.

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  55. 55

    @Seriously?

    Agreed!

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  56. 56

    ^^^ Ha ha!! Awesome!

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  57. 57

    Thanks for featuring my Firefly wallpaper :] If anyone with an unsupported resolution would like a version, drop me an email.

    That said, I think quality could be improved simply by not having as many as 50 wallpapers and being more selective. (Not that mine is cream of the crop, but there are some … less than stellar examples featured here.)

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  58. 58

    bright summers eve is my choice

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  59. 59

    that rock the web one, says “September 2006″ on it… kinda weird.

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  60. 60

    Great ! Thank you !

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  61. 61

    the original Wii girl? Who cares!

    Much better than last month though! Thanks!

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    Simon Harlinghausen

    July 31, 2009 9:32 am

    AMAzing. Fantastico. Genius. Great.

    One of the best series of desktop pictures.

    Stay tuned …

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  63. 63

    August better then July, great selection, my favourite: Eight8

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  64. 64

    Thanks for posting my “Do The Dance” wallpaper. Hope u all like it. If anyone wants other screen sizes for that please send me an e-mail.
    Thanks Smashing for featuring it at the cover!

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  65. 65

    I think I have seen better months. I suggest you do all of the above:
    - Months should have categories (retro, movies, cartoon) and we would have winners per category and the overall winner.

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  66. 66

    Great walls!

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  67. 67

    Belka and Strelka!! I love it! Thank you

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  68. 68

    Some nice stuff as usual … Can we make have a Dual/Tri Screen option next month?

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  69. 69

    Smashing Editorial

    July 31, 2009 1:40 pm

    @Silver Bullet (#68): the option is available! It’s just designers do not send wallpapers in these resolutions.

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    As Jennifer (#9) said, “I am regular visitor of your site.” And like Jennifer, “My desktop is set up every month with your amazing and innovative calender wallpapers.” I ALWAYS have to make myself wait, every month, for the chance to check on the newest offerings. So eager to see them =)

    I think the job as it is done now is great – I appreciate the resource, and the designers’ hard work.

    No changes needed, IMHO. THANKS

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    i like the randomness. the only change i’d suggest is that the calendar be given more consideration. that is , most of the time, it is too far to the right, so the 3 or 4 columns of desktop clutter on my mac cover it. so perhaps require various placements of the calender, as well as the no calendar option.

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  73. 73

    goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood~!

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  74. 74

    As someone mentioned before, the two wallpapers by Anil Omanwar-Drawing Innocence is from here:http://photofunia.com/effects/portrait/ and Unleashing Happiness is from here:http://www.photofunia.com/effects/pavement_drawing/. Anyone has a photo and uploads to this site could do them.
    So I think the two wallpapers aren’t designed by Omanwar.

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  75. 75

    I only like one of them.

    And “Drawing Innocence” is messed up.

    The artist is drawing a baby but the person who sits has adult legs.

    Tsk, tsk, tsk.

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  76. 76

    #53 was sarcastic, y’all. #54 and 55… apologies to you two specifically who missed it. I honestly tried a sarcasm tag that didn’t “take” there.

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  77. 77

    Today my favorite is Peony Pink. But I liked enough of them to download 15. I can change my wallpaper every couple of days!

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  78. 78

    The calendar named “Happy Friendship Month” is wrong, the month starts with Sunday. This is the one that I like the most, unfortunately the calendar is wrong.

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  79. 79

    Thanks A Lot For Nice Wallpaper Collection.

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  80. 80

    Nice collection as always

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  81. 81

    I think calendar with Happy “Friendship Month” is wrong with one day calculation. Rest all are amazing………… I just love it…………..
    Thanks a lot for gr8 wallpapers…………
    :)

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  82. 82

    DO THE DANCE is my favourite.
    i think JULY is better than AUG, yet this month is also quiet good.
    i prefer those pics with less color.

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  83. 83

    A great collection.. I must say, way better than June and July. Its rocking again !

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  84. 84

    gr8

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  85. 85

    Night at Wuxi & August Shine are the best ones for me.

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  86. 86

    Nice collection … thanks!

    Is it possible to label the files with the following pattern: –.jpg

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  87. 87

    In those two created by Anil Omanwar, is exactly same the image effect of photofunia.com generated effect. Those are not his original creation.

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  88. 88

    There are no words, spectacular!!!!!

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  89. 89

    Fun idea, but..
    Very boring designs, incredible..one or two are fun, the rest are worse then stock photography.
    Sucking my inspiration away.
    Anyway props for this website, I still think the content is good in generall.

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  90. 90

    I liked the July collection more.
    Last month I hated, that I just have one desktop, this month no background really stood out for me.
    I’m looking forward to next month!

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  91. 91

    my desktop got nice background for augest 15

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  92. 92

    I love Manuel Espositos “Big Catch”, its fantastic!

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  93. 93

    @Tobi yes I did. But I thought I would enter it again for SM. Thanks for featuring me this month SM!

    From now on, I will be submitting all my wallpapers to SM at the same time.

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  94. 94

    The original source of the Image of ‘Giving up the Demons’ has been lately said to be an artwork by Marek Okon, from Poland.

    But I found the image at a non-English website(http://www.goodfon.ru/wallpaper/909/), deep inside the site and only with 127 downloads.

    So, that was the ‘Source of Image’ on my part for that wallpaper and I gave them credit on my site.

    I apologize to Marek Okoń , at the same time, strongly denying the allegation of plagiarism as I never took the image from his page.

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  95. 95

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful creations.
    Each one is so exquisite.
    I enjoy coming here each month and downloading,
    the ones that I will use for my desktop.
    Please know that your time,work,and talent are appreciated.
    Thank each of the wonderful creator’s.

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    I tend to prefer the designs with darker backgrounds.

    I also never select a calendar with the dates aligned in a linear fashion. I need to be able to glance at the screen to see the dates.

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  97. 97

    thank you for letting me play, sm :)
    i enjoy looking at all the different designs!
    ps
    … how do i get a little avatar over there? >>>

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  98. 98

    “Humans” designed by Anca Varsandan is my favorite.

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  99. 99

    Cool!

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  100. 100

    gracias.

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  101. 101

    Please don’t make everyone follow a specific style or theme. I have multiple backgrounds each month and like a variety. These backgrounds are so great each month, I really don’t know how you could improve them, but giving a award to the artists might encourage them.

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  102. 102

    Great collection !! like it lots..:)

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  103. 103

    There should be an option to download all of the wallpapers in a zip file or such. On my Mac I would like to set them to cycle every hour or so.

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  104. 104

    Excellent!!
    So much better than last month. This time, i´m gonna have one for each week!!
    Great job. Congratulations to all the designers.

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  105. 105

    So much better than last month. This time i’m gonna have more than one!!
    Congratulations to all the designers!!

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  106. 106

    night at wuxi

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  107. 107

    Every month I wait for these to come out so that I can change my desktop wallpaper. Some of these are nice but others are not too impressive and the plagiarized ones just should not be posted at all also the ones done using websites like photofunia should not be here either!
    The photofunia ones are done using these two links:
    Link 1 and Link 2

    I think SM should set rules such that the work is the original…I dont think there should be a theme or style for each month because I personally would like to choose my own style or theme each month…But rating and award would be a great idea to give incentive to designers to make their best effort.

    as for my favorites:
    vivid green, a lazy august afternoon, bright summers eve, and hum :)

    Thank you all for your efforts :)

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  108. 108

    Unfortunately Puneeta Prakash made an error with the calendar. She’s one day of

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  109. 109

    Awesome Collection !!!

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  110. 110

    every month i collect the best and put on a folder.

    after that, i select the option “change the wallpaper 5min” on my mac and the entire month i see different and criative wallps.

    thanks sg!

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    I tend to like the more minimal desktops such as Hummm which is what I chose for August. Otherwise, I look for fun items such as Sleeping Moon, Busy Planet and Do the Dance. For Hummm,I like the fact that the stems of the flowers separate the dates as a regular calendar would. Very nice choice this month!

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  112. 112

    Best collection yet. Thanks!

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  113. 113

    Have saved 4 designs:
    “Horse Rider”
    “Ride on the Green wave”
    “Hummm”
    “Sunflower Eclipse”
    Can’t say which I like the most, so maybe I’ll have each one week this month :)

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  114. 114

    This month’s collection is the best in a while. Lovely stuff!

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  115. 115

    I swear the one by Anil Omanwar was taken from a website. He just uploaded a pic. Here is the site if you don’t believe me http://www.photofunia.com/ I’m not trying to spam or anything but just letting you know.

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  116. 116

    I really look forward to the beginning of the month because I get to come here to choose a new desktop wallpaper. This month, I really loved the “Happy Friendship Month” until I realized that it was one day off and that the 31st is left off. I wish someone could correct it and resubmit it. Now, even though I’m disappointed at not being able to use my favorite, I chose “Peony Pink.”
    I’ll look forward to next month!

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  117. 117

    lovin’ the memories one!

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  118. 118

    thanks to “life or death” for provoking valuable thoughts =]

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    Lynn de Sherbrooke, Québec

    August 2, 2009 4:29 pm

    Merci et Félicitations Mélanie Denis pour ton calendrier du mois de mon anniversaire. ” I’m a frog, you’re a frog, kiss me!” Robert Charlebois, chanteur du Québec.

    Thank you et Congratulation Mélanie Denis from Quebec, Canada for my birthday calendar. “I’m a frog, you’re a frog, kiss me!” Robert Charlebois, singer from Quebec

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  120. 120

    I just came back from barcelona and picks up the nice casa mila roof top photo!
    thanks,!

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  121. 121

    Night at Wuxi !!!!
    I LOVE IT@@@!!!

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  122. 122

    Satinder Pal Singh

    August 2, 2009 8:20 pm

    In happy friendship month calender is not ok, dates are wrong

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  123. 123

    cuteeee…. :)

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  124. 124

    In “Happy Friendship Month” Date are wrong..! Please provide again a beautiful calendar with changes,,! I am lovin’it.

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  125. 125

    Thanks for all the great wallpapers, my favourite is Hummm :))

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  126. 126

    Put in some Dual Screen wallpapers.. Who doesnt have dual screens these days?

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  127. 127

    Nice collection but I miss more wallpapers in resolution 1400×1050 :(

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  128. 128

    Designs are really awsome, but calenders are incorrect at some places. One example is “Happy Friendship Month”

    You should do some quality check before posting.

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  129. 129

    cooooool! :D

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  130. 130

    Memories uses the same coffee cup as May’s Melancholy wallpaper – to me, this months submissions are very poor, wrong calendars, the same picture of the girl, bolt hamster (how on earth this slipped through the net) and poor pictures with rubbish brushes thrown around the edges!! Shame on you smashing!!

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  131. 131

    Happy friendly month

    August 3, 2009 12:19 am

    Happy Friendly month is really pretty. But the month is incorrect!!! :(

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  132. 132

    Hi,

    Great series, I follow it every month. It would be good to have some bookmark links for each individual desktop. So can email friends a specific link to this page with a bookmark tag that jumps to the relevant entry.

    That way I can email a friend one I think they might like but they can also see the others in case they prefer another.

    Thanks,

    Andy

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  133. 133

    The wallpaper design are good!!! but some corrections has to be made in some calender!!!
    but the design for friendship day is awesome , thanks to Puneeta Prakash

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    Geoffrey Gordon

    August 3, 2009 4:04 am

    As always a Brilliant collection, I look forward to this post once a month and will submit my own one day, well done all, my favorite goes to “Happy Friendship Month” august calender

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  135. 135

    I enjoy these wallpapers each month. But this month’s Firefly tribute was an especially nice surprise. Thank you!

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  136. 136

    Jeebus. Lately I’ve been really down on the monthly wallpapers, choosing to find a random one elsewhere, but damn. Amazing selection this month!

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  137. 137

    In the Butterfly Effect one it should say “affect”, not “effect”, they are completely different words with different meanings. (In the quote within the wallpaper, not the title).

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  138. 138

    these are great! I love looking through them every month.

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  139. 139

    Thanks for a new set of wallpapers. I am really digging “Rock the Web.” This design will be gracing my desktop for an entire month. Hats off to Alexey Chernishov from Ukraine. Thanks.

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  140. 140

    I just found you and I like this August collection – even the ones made at photofunia.com are nice but I don’t know if they should be allowed.
    I prefer a dark background and there are some good ones here.
    Thanks.

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  141. 141

    to improve the quality of the page you should publish wallpaper for multiple screens… at least for 2 screens.

    T.y. every month i pass around to get a new wallpaper.

    Pedro, From Brazil.

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  142. 142

    Grrrr… This is the 2nd time the calendar post didn’t show up in my reader.

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  143. 143

    Love the Firefly tribute!

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  144. 144

    I really love your site.
    Congrats for these creative wallpapers!
    I enjoy to decorate my PC with a nice wallpaper of yours every month.
    Kind regards from Mx.
    Diane

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  145. 145

    Wonderful creative work!!!!
    I love the variety each month.
    Smashing is the best!!
    Thank you for your website

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  146. 146

    Ziggy Pop Stardust

    August 3, 2009 4:52 pm

    I do not think any theme or style, topic, rating or voting should be implemented here. Once you start “framing” creativity, you lose creativity in the purest sense. Just allow to be creative and see what you get.. Free expression is the best.
    No voting because design, art, and any appreciation of creativity is very subjective. Let if flow!

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  147. 147

    Great Collection!!! Nice Post…..

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  148. 148

    I’ve noticed Hadedah Ibis has the third week of august missing 23-29.

    i just love the art shown here. thank you everyone.
    Leo.

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  149. 149

    Please please PLEASE can we have dual screen wallpapers!

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  150. 150

    Deep Green for me

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  151. 151

    Loved Puneeta Prakash’s wallpaper!

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  152. 152

    High resolutions would be nice. I run my monitor at 2560 x 1600.

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  153. 153

    As a batch, I didn’t like these as much as in previous months. My favorite, however, was the blue sunflower. I do look forward to seeing these each month.

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  154. 154

    cé assez spirituelle comme images …..
    je trouve que cé hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm nice

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  155. 155

    Love the “Memories” wallpaper…

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  156. 156

    liked kowal’s hmmm…
    cute and simple and not overdone.
    this month is totally 10x’s better than the last

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  157. 157

    Nice designs this time.
    Inspiring after comming back from vacation. Thanks y’all!

    The most inspiring for me this time:
    Was: Bored?

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  158. 158

    Hamster! :D

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  159. 159

    I love how the Firefly wallpaper came in iPhone sizes.

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  160. 160

    Super Wallpaper and Calendar

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  161. 161

    Very Special Calendar and Wallpapers Use full thinks

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  162. 162

    This is so lovely, thanks for this.

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  163. 163

    Awesome!!

    I love all the wallpapers!! A wonderfull idea!! :D

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  164. 164

    Beautiful wallpaper ! but I see an error in the calendar in “Hadedah Ibis” : missing the number 22 23 … 30 !

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  165. 165

    the one with “Unleashing Happiness”
    It is just a template. Nothing amazing at the wallpaper “Unleashing Happiness”.
    Really dissapointing

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  166. 166

    Hey Manuel,

    I love your Wallpaper “Big Catch”. Thanks for your great work, its really inspiring!

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  167. 167

    Love every collection published……….. very creative

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    Patrice Poliquin

    August 6, 2009 4:38 am

    I’m a Frog, you’re a Frog, Kiss Me! Ouais bien dis! Vive le québec Mélanie! Good idea to make someting different for the next calendars post. SM

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  169. 169

    Todos son excelentes!!

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    I’m not too impressed with this month’s entries, sorry to say, but I do like August shines. Just a teeny little note about the Hadidas Ibis wallpaper: the Hadida is not actually native to South Africa, and it’s a BLOODY ANNOYING BIRD!!!

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  171. 171

    @ Aurora… It doesnt say the hadedah is native to South Africa, it says I am!

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  172. 172

    The artists who have so generously shared their exceptional talent to us mere mortals through Smashing Magazine all these years deserve an unending standing ovation! Thank you!

    This month, I am most affected and haunted by “Giving up the Demons.” Powerful image.

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    Any possibility if getting these each month in a window 7 rotating desktop theme?

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  174. 174

    This seems rather odd, but…this post never showed up in my feed reader.

    The feed I am subscribed to is >> http://rss1.smashingmagazine.com/feed/ >> and I seem to be getting most of the posts, but I was on the page to send a link to a friend when I saw this one down the list and realized I’d never seen it before.

    I did doublecheck my feed (I use google reader) and it’s definitely not in the list.

    Awesome submissions this month, by the way. It was hard to choose, but the happy dancing monsters background is my favorite. Who CAN’T smile at them? Not me!

    (Although the hamster one being so obviously based on the Bolt movie gave me a pause.)

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    gracias muy creativo

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  176. 176

    That’s very owesome!!

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  177. 177

    Great variety this month. There were three that I liked the best:
    Hededah Ibis, Memories and Hummm

    Of course, as always, I downloaded more so that I have plenty to choose from over the course of the month.

    Keep’em coming! =)

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    I totally love “Do the dance”. Congratulations :)

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  179. 179

    Thank you to the talented artists who submit every month.

    The zebra was my favorite, and I loved the firefly tribute.

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    I think that these desktop wallpapers would be better if the main portion of the pictures and/or the calendar were not to close to the bottom of the pic. I run with my taskbar larger than the default and I have to bypass all entries that have ‘something’ down at the bottom. I would suggest keeping the important parts higher than 3 times the height of the taskbar.

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    Brigado for “do the dance”… :)

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  182. 182

    Loved the “Tiny monsters dance party” theme! Congrats to the creator!

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  183. 183

    Love this site. Please no themes. I like seeing a great variety each month. Exposes me to stuff I would not normally see.

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  184. 184

    Faves this month: Hadedah Ibis for the desktop. Quiet Blue for the notebook.

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  185. 185

    There are already many monitors with larger resolution than 1600…., it would be nice to have more wallpapers with a resolution above 2000… .

    But still wonderful and great work.
    thx,
    think!!

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  186. 186

    My fav: Summer Colours, with the fish. Simple, not overwhelming, but bright and cheerful! Just what I like for a desktop. :)

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  187. 187

    I, too, like the variety, and enjoy learning new things about each month, in such a creative way. Of course, I always like some better than others, but that’s why you allow so many choices, right?

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  188. 188

    boring….i’ve been visiting since nov.last year and july & august have been so boring……

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  189. 189

    Um all okay except for the “UNLEASHING HAPPINESS” Since it wasn’t designed by Omanwar. This is actually a website that you upload a picture and it generates this for you. Can’t believe that it’s actually up there. If you don’t believe me check it out…
    http://photofunia.com/effects/pavement_drawing/

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  190. 190

    First ever seen in a single month wallpapers so beautiful and creative.
    Congratulations to all artists designers.

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  191. 191

    hey i have browsed this site for the first time and good stuff PPL but if u can have somthing funky that would be great

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  192. 192

    I love smashingmagazine …….

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  193. 193

    i dont think the graphics are so good….nothings quite real..earlier one’s were better

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  194. 194

    Awesome!!! August was a great month!

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  195. 195

    What type of wallpapers are these. They look like from the 90′s. They has to be modern and creative. I expect SM to be choosy on selecting wallpapers. PLS….

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    thank`s for all those desings, congratulations for your job

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  197. 197

    It is incredible.every months i am looking at them and I cannot believe how creative they all are. this is really GREAT art!!! Congratulations from Germany

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  198. 198

    Shame somebody put Smashing Magazine all over these. It really ruined the look…

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  199. 199

    The next month needs to be avialable before the end of the month.

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  200. 200

    “The next month needs to be avialable before the end of the month.”–PTaylor

    +1 We need to have September ready to go now! Too busy on Monday

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    The best one for me is Night at Wuxi.

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    The third wallpaper “Vivid Green” is not ” Designed by Sagar from Bangladesh. its designer is iuneWind from Russia http://iunewind.deviantart.com/art/Green-Dawn-58523794, he just put calendar and SM logo on it.

    I agree with @Enoo that adding a calendar and a logo to a painting that is not yours (without changing it otherwise and without giving credit to the author) doesn’t count as “design” :/

    (SM) Thank you, the wallpaper was removed.

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    Realmente ótimo. Parabens.

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  204. 204

    I love those wallpapers, and the variaty eachmonth, and i missed one month (August) life is just speeding up.

    So PLEASE,
    Each month should have a specific style (pop art / minimalism etc.)
    Each month should have a specific topic (fantasy / retro etc.)
    No – NO – NO
    I would prefer to have a variay eachmonth, what elese should I do, when I do not find a style I like? Live w/o a calendar? I think the month is already a topic with the variation of time of the year.

    KEEP it the way it is, it is PERFECT. and keep it on, please

    An incentive for the designers would be great and a rating system might be o.k.?, no, better not. Design is so
    I always take my time and skip through all 50 designs, so I can find sth I did not now I like. And I do not need to know what others like. That would influence in a way that should not be. This is about design and not about technique.

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    Right after reading “What is your favorite” should be a link to the Post Comment section. I had to scroll all over to find it at the bottom of the page.

    My favorite this month is Lion Storm but I also picked Summer Colors and FoxeHaugh. The selections are fantastic and many were awesome but too much graphics for me… Keep em coming!!

    Sacramento, CA

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