Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: October 2010


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 45 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 October 2010?


Designed by Nicolle Marie2 from USA.

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Any Browser

"I just wanna spread the message, “Use any browser, it doesn’t matter. But use the latest version!”." Designed by Minhaj Mohamed15 from Sri Lanka.

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October 2010 Wallpaper

"For October 2010, still with the summer in the head, I wanted to imagine a magic place where I can go sometimes far from work, far from the Earth." Designed by Benoit Chartron28 from France.

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Symbian World

"Scene from Symbian World." Designed by Anna Alfut71 from UK.

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The words I’ve never said to you

Designed by Matteo Palazzani – Palastar Photography92 from Italy.

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The Colours of October

"Colourful autumn leaves." Designed by Anna-Lena Lewerenz105 from Germany.

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Breath of Fresh Air

"”Breathe in the cool air!” – if we can’t have summer, embrace the chilly air! :D Enjoy October everybody! Ps. thanks to Rosanna Bell712120 for modelling." Designed by Olivia Bell713121 from England, UK.

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Turning Leaves

"It is a magical time of year when trees light up from the inside and dazzle us with colors. Feast for the soul!" Designed by Kim Carney136 from USA.

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October Sentense

"Just motivating sentence for October :)" Designed by Temeshi150 from Poland.

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Smart Crow

Designed by Sixlightyears171 from Reunion Island (France).

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"Enjoy the last sunrays in October, at least in Germany!" Designed by Marco Palma from Italy / Germany.

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Sleeping Cowgirl

Designed by Sasha Bell196 from England, UK.

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Chillin’ Gnomies

Designed by Pietje Precies211 from The Netherlands.

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Time Intensity

"I was sorting out all my brushes in Photoshop and started playing around with loads of variations of brush strokes that I actually forgot I had. I was trying to create a cloudy hole and have a fetish with time and time traveling at the moment and it turned out to be something in between a black hole and some sort of disrupted void in the space time continuum. I liked it that much afterwards I thought I’d use it for my own desktop and then thought I’d share it on smashingmag :)" Designed by Rik Hopkinson228 from UK.

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Eerie October

Designed by Jennifer Leigh Holt241 from Canada.

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Pumpkin Spice Spookster

"A spooky, fun, orange-tastic wall for Halloween lovers of all ages." Designed by Allen 256 from USA.

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"Abyaneh is a beautiful city in Iran." Designed by Soodabeh Amirakbari301 from Iran.

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"Personal tribute to Winchester School of Art." Designed by Wirdy Hamidy312 from Brunei.

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Harvest Sunset

Designed by Kellie Gave from USA.

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"I made this wallpaper a year ago, but i didntcame on time to send it to Smashing magazine.Serching other files i found it, and decide to finish it and post it, halloween is coming, hope you like this ghostsperms hehe!" Designed by Ricardo Delgado331 from México City.

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Purple Fall

"Fall is coming, and that means cool mornings, hot tea, warm jackets, and purple." Designed by Daisy Gillam343 from USA.

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Touch Autumn

"Summer is over, enjoy autumn!" Designed by Martin356 from Latvia.

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Jump into Fall

Designed by Kristin G Jackson369 from USA.

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Marissa & Liloo

"Let’s bring back authentic made by hand illustration, and follow Marissa & Liloo in their cute world. /Fr/ Retour ? l’authentique illustration faite main gr?ce ? ces adorables personnages Marisssa et Liloo." Designed by 23 Graphic Design382 from France.

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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, online workshops and loves solving complex performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

  1. 1

    Touch Autumn is bold and simple. Love it!

  2. 152

    absolutely great this month!

  3. 303

    I like it ~^^~

  4. 454

    thanks alot again. These are great!

  5. 605

    Great work everybody.

    After Marissa & Liloo backgrounds, the rest isn’t availabe for download in higher resolutions ? I only see the preview.

  6. 756

    So beautiful!

  7. 907

    I just wish more people would do 16:9 ratio wallpapers… :-( Otherwise, awesome job to everyone involved! I love the monthly wallpapers.

  8. 1058

    These are absolutely gorgeous. I’m definitely excited to create my own series of desktop calendars. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. 1209

    half of them have no download links !!!

  10. 1360

    I like the Pumpkin Spice Spookster! :-)
    great work!

  11. 1511

    Brilliant Post!

    But, is there anything to support the claim that it will increase motivation? either way I’m going to give it a go!

  12. 1662

    The design of these desktop wallpapers is socool! The smashing team’s work is so great! I like these.

  13. 1813

    “Jack O Cal” is wonderful!

  14. 1964

    There are so many great wallpapers here, but I’m especially torn between Pumpkin Spice Spookster and Purple Fall.

  15. 2115

    Dear frndz there has been 3 dates missing in the very 1st calendar that is LIQUIFLY,
    the dates 12th 19th & 26th of oct 2010 thats a Tuesday which are missing….

  16. 2266

    I like “The words I’ve never said to you”, “The Colours of October”, “Turning Leaves”, “10/10″, “Jamp into Fall”, “Childish”, “Above The Clouds”, “This Month Rocks”, “First leave”
    I can’t choose a favorite :)

  17. 2417

    I like the on with a big 10/10 in the middle. My oldest daughter’s birthday is 10/10/10, so this is a very special year!

  18. 2719

    Why does it always seem that my favorite ones do not come in 1680×1050? This resolution always seems to be neglected.
    My previous Dell that I had for 4 years was 1680×1050 and so is my current Mac Book Pro.

  19. 2870

    I love this kind of wallpapers, but its a shame that most all of them are dated wrong for some reason. For example as I write this it is the 8 of Oct. 2010 and it is Friday, on the dates listed on most of the calenders it says its the 9th. Am I the only one who has caught this.
    It may be because this Oct. 2010 has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays in the same month, something that will not happen again for another 823 years years.

  20. 3021

    great collection, i like The Colours of October

  21. 3172

    I’d like to think that “Jump into Fall” (Designed by Kristin G Jackson from USA) is my husband and I during my up and coming fall break from classes!! :) nice work! :)

  22. 3323

    There are so many I love I can’t narrow it down to just one. Maybe I’ll have to have a different one every few days!

  23. 3474

    I design. How can I participate in teh calendar of the month?

    I really love it

  24. 3625

    cool stuff……

  25. 3776

    I love the autumn scene with the gnomes! :)

  26. 3927

    I look forward to these every month! My favorites this round are Childish and Jack O Cal. Great job as always; they’re gorgeous pieces of eye candy.

  27. 4078

    I just went through the images and all are just amazing and mind blowing. I just like a lot through the things and also the way all the calender images are in the different way.

  28. 4229

    nice work dude….///

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  30. 4531

    really nice wallps. thanks for sharing..

  31. 4682

    Olivia Bell is truly great.

  32. 4833

    Great work….thanks for sharing……

  33. 4984

    My favorite : Violeta Dabija’s Halloween

    Thanks for sharing !

  34. 5135

    I love the Creepy Ice-cream….It is so cuteeeeeeeeeeeee…. And I am a ice-cream lover too. HAHAHA!~ great job!

  35. 5286

    hermoso trabajo!!!

  36. 5437

    I’m using Turning Leaves right now! Thanks :)

  37. 5588

    Im digging peuple fall and chidlish

  38. 5739

    Awesome collection….

  39. 5890

    Very Early release…2 more days for November.

  40. 6041

    Awesome collection, great work, thank you!

  41. 6192

    Mahatma-Gandhi illustration is too Good…

  42. 6494

    Where´s november??

  43. 6645

    Thankyou ,very beautiful

  44. 6796

    Backgrounds can serve as a source of great inspiration, beautiful and elegant they are, the best he can offer some fresh perspective and creative workflow rather boring, I am sure Most designers have a background image will change addicts. Designers can never be sufficient for the collection of backgrounds, wallpapers, however, change is often to feel fresh and thought, here I have collected 50 wallpapers really wonderful, I hope you enjoy this collection

  45. 6947

    excellent post very interesting things always publish calendars and web exelente are perfectly happy.

  46. 7098

    dude…can i use these wallpapers for commercial use…?
    I mean use these images in my website….

    • 7249

      Smashing Media Customer Support

      March 20, 2011 3:14 am

      The wallpapers are free to use for private as well as commerical projects.

  47. 7400

    Thankyou!! ^^

  48. 7551

    How I wish I could make use of all the designs..they are all fantastically beautiful..

  49. 7702

    Im Iranian and I enjoyed so much
    tank you!!


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