Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: August 2012

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We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for over four years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

We continue to nourish you with a monthly spoon of inspiration. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for August 2012. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

Please note that:

  • All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper,
  • You can feature your work in our magazine 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?

The Lady With Red Coat

Designed by Viktor Mazhlekov from Bulgaria.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

August Cat

Designed by Soodabeh Amirakbari from Iran.

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Fly

"Colors!!" Designed by Lotum from Germany.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Searching for Higgs Boson

Designed by Vlad Gerasimov from Russia.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Ahoy

Designed by Webshift 2.0 from South Africa.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Through Happy Shades

Designed by Mihai Fischer from Romania.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Colorstrike

Designed by AndrР№ Presser from Germany.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Let’s Go Great Britain

"”Let’s go Great Britain!” typographic wallpaper to cheer at the 2012 London Olympic games." Designed by Paula RГєpolo For Garment Printing from United Kingdom.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Childhood Memories

Designed by Francesco Paratici from Australia.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Olympic Games

Designed by Cortando Pixeles from Argentina.

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London Olympics

Designed by Meenal Jain from India.

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Deer Summer

Designed by Resko Elena from Russia.

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Late Summer

"Butter yellow daisies for the last of summer days!" Designed by Karen Keung from Canada.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Frederique’s Summer

"Frederique is a satiric comic strip about hanging around at beaches, getting rejected by hot chicks and enjoying life with full blown optimism." Designed by Richard Dancsi from Hungary/Germany.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Forest

"A trip into the woods. August 2012." Designed by Timothy J. Reynolds from USA.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Team Gb

"August 2012 is here which means it is time for the Olympic Games! This calendar incorporates various aspects of London, the UK and the Olympics." Designed by Donna Hall And Loren Grosvenor from United Kingdom.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Infinite Imagination

"The Power of Imagination makes us Infinite." Designed by Roland Szabo from Hungary.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

World Traffic Lights Day

Designed by Cheloveche.ru from Russia.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Cycling Holidays

"“Nothing compares with the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” – President John F. Kennedy." Designed by Simona Gosu from Romania.

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Lucky August

"Life is a game. Are you feeling lucky in August?" Designed by Marina-art from Russia.

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Augmented August

"In summer things may seem different then they really are. Which is not necessarily a bad thing." Designed by Sanja Vukasinovic from Serbia.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Summertime

"It’s summertime so enjoy the weather!" Designed by Christina Mokry (allaci Gmbh) from Germany.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Your Title Holed

Designed by Agata Maciљgowska from Poland.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Summer Rain

Designed by Virginia Saint from USA.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Responsive Wallpaper

"I was thinking to make the wallpaper as a responsive design, i’d add more interaction next month." Designed by Mondedesign.net from France.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Monster Attack

Designed by MicroCreatives.

Monthly Quality Desktop Wallpaper - August 2012

Join In Next Month!

Please note that we respect and carefully consider the ideas and motivation behind each and every artist’s work. This is why we give all artists the full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience throughout their works. This is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but rather designed from scratch by the artists themselves.

A big thank you to all designers for their participation. Join in next month!

What’s Your Favorite?

What’s your favorite theme or wallpaper for this month? Please let us know in the comment section below.

Stay creative and keep on smashing!

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  1. 1

    London Olympics Designed by Meenal Jain from India is Simply Superb…

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      I’m so appreciate of the creative, free desktop wallpapers, but I’m so sad that the owl and bird were discontinued! I was always so excited for the 1st of the month so I could continue my journey with the cute owl and bird. Any chance of bringing them back in September?

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        Hi! Thank you for your love! :) Unfortunately, we were not selected last two months. But you may find us on Facebook (just use my nickname) and download them from there. Cheers!

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      I agree, it looks pretty good. I’m not a huge fan of the London 2012 Logo but when it’s treated like that… it doesn’t look that terrible at all.

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  2. 5

    Apart from “Colorstrike” nothing strikes!

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  3. 11

    Summertime!!!

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  4. 12

    Wow. Good collection!

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  5. 13

    No wallpapers wishing Ramadhan. Disappointing!!!

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  6. 14

    Lot of great ones but I’m loving Monster Attack!

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  7. 15

    This is one of the better months. Of course now somebody will probably get sued for using the Olympic logo. I’ve heard they are cracking down! Excellent wallpapers this month.

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  8. 16

    I like all the olympic designs but my favorites would have to be Cycing Holidays, Team GB and Late Summer.

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  9. 17

    I love the South African pirate! :D

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  10. 18

    Do we have to have one from Cheloveche every single month? I’m getting a little bored of them, to be honest.

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  11. 21

    This is a really good month…lots of interesting inspirations, and different artistic treatments, not just all photos or all cartoons, and even some of the usual suspects changed it up a bit while keeping to signature styles. Also, I find it more windows-functional when calendars are on the left. Anyway, the top 4 were tops, but I dl’d like 15 of ‘em….

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  12. 22

    absolutely love childhood memories!! perfect for reminding me of my upcoming beach vacation.

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      my beach vacations were in June/July so the beautiful “Childhood Memories” doesn’t connect w/ my emotional state for August – happy yet a bit droopy that summer’s over, which is why I love “Late Summer” !

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    Anybody else notice the mistake on Summer Rain’s calendar?

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      Ay! Missing the 31:st day!

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      A daily reader was kind enough to email me and point out the mistake. I’ve since sent them a corrected version – they must have uploaded that wrong one. I’m just grateful that they featured it! If you head to my website you will find the corrected version.

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    I always think these represent SO MUCH WORK, and such a fine eye to design. Thanks, all.

    In particular I loved “Summer Rain,” “Late Summer,” “Childhood Memories,” and “Through Happy Shades” (beautiful!).

    And the story shown so simply in “Searching for Higgs Boson” was great!

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  15. 28

    I’ll use “Olympic Games” till the end of the games and after that, “Team Gb”.

    great job guys!!!

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  16. 29

    wow! that’s awesome!
    i love all of those, thanks for creative designers, we start August with fantastic wallpapers.
    ^^

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  17. 30

    LOVE Through Happy Shades!

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  18. 31

    Thanks. :)

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    there are so many fantastic artworks here!!!
    I like Olympic games the most~~

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  21. 34

    i like colorstrike, london olympics, your title holed and monster attack!

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  22. 35

    Good collection! :)

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    Jonathan Búcaro

    August 1, 2012 6:55 am

    My favorite is “A trip into the woods”.
    I really like the “London Olympics” one but the calendar gets covered by Windows Taskbar (I use the taskbar at the bottom).
    Thanks for sharing, great collection!

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  24. 37

    Why no one voted for Forest? It’s the best imo :)

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  25. 38

    ‘Team Gb’ is one of the best wallpapers I have ever seen on here! Well, in my opinion anyway ; )

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  26. 39

    Best month yet!

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    katapulta design

    August 1, 2012 9:32 am

    great choice this month!

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  28. 41

    I’ve never thanked you guys for the wallpapers I’ve been using for years now, so I’ll do it now: Thank you guys for your hard and imaginative work! Even when a wallpaper is not my cup of tea, it always seems to suit someone else. You brighten up desktops all over the world.

    On another note: It’s amusing how the UK designers that made olympic-themed wallpapers mainly accentuate the fact that it’s in britain. Let’s Go Great Britain seem to even encourage me to root for them instead of my own country. I love that kind of enthousiasm, so I promise to do some extra cheering for the UK tonight, kay?

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  29. 42

    I’m using Childhood Memories and Late summer on my two monitors, saved a few others too – good month!

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  30. 43

    Nice wallpaper, i love it! thank’s!

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  31. 44

    Searching for Higgs Boson is very cute :)

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  32. 45

    Summer Rain for me. Perfect balance.

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  33. 46

    I love “Forest”. Close runner’s up are “World Traffic Light Day” and “August Cat”

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  34. 47

    Augmented August was by far my favorite!

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  35. 48

    “getting rejected by hot chicks and enjoying life with full blown optimism”
    Ahahaha, coool!!! That’s like me:))))))))) Love your optimistic-freshy-lighty wallpaper Richard Dancsi!!! You made my evening!!:)

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    I have gone for the relaxing Ahoy and Fly. I am currently using Fly which attracted a comment from a co-worker, as myself and two other ladies in the office were sporting relaxing outdoor-ish wallpapers.

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  37. 50

    Colorstrike!

    Idea for next month: include the new retina display resolution of 2880×1800.

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  38. 51

    I’ve adopted this one for my own desktop:
    Your Title Holed (isn’t it simply “Holed”?) Designed by Agata Maciљgowska from Poland. I took it without the calendar because I think I’ll keep it longer than one month.

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  39. 52

    Good wallpapers, but somewhat limiting…
    1920×1080 seems under represented and that’s a pretty mainstream resolution
    Also please give some love to those of us with more than 1 screen…

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  40. 53

    Cycling Holidays and London Olympics are looking good.
    But, there is not even one wallpaper belongs to “Sacred month of Ramadan” it is really disappointing me!!!

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    I chose The Lady With a Red Coat this month. Every month, I have a hard time deciding. The deciding factor to me is usually the placement of the calendar. A calendar on the left is covered by icons, and calendars on the bottom are sometimes chopped off. Yes, I can change my screen resolution or pick a different wallpaper size or move my icons, but I really don’t want to have to make monthly adjustments. As a person with Asperger’s, that’s just too many adjustments for me. I always find something that works though and about the last week of the month I start getting excited about what the new calendars might be.

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    Germany’s “Fly” is the best!!! Sorry for others)

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  43. 56

    every wallpaper is just superb! I just wish there were more 1366X768 sized wallpapers. anyway i loved them all! :)

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  44. 57

    summer rain!!!

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  45. 58

    Great work designers!
    Any chance some of you can create some portrait desktops – all of these are landscape. Some of us work up and down rather than sideways…

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  46. 59

    I picked the kitty although I had to add some pixels to the owner to make her look like she was smiling, with a happy kitty in her arms how could she not smile.

    Also with a change of colours and an addition of a pine tree it could work for Christmas :)

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  47. 61

    I wish more submissions offered a variation with weeks starting on Sunday instead of Monday.

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  48. 62

    Great selection for this August month (Olympic Games, Childhood Memories, August Cat), but I chose the one fitting the best my screen (1280×800): Searching for Higgs Boson!

    Grüße,

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    Hungry Caterpillar

    August 3, 2012 8:54 pm

    I love ‘Fly’, great colors on that one, makes me want to take a vacation :)

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  50. 64

    Your Title Holed (or Holed) is my favourite. It looks great on my screen.

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    Well I like :
    The Lady With Red Coat Designed by Viktor Mazhlekov from Bulgaria.
    August Cat Designed by Soodabeh Amirakbari from Iran.
    Ahoy Designed by Webshift 2.0 from South Africa.
    Childhood Memories Designed by Francesco Paratici from Australia.
    Olympic Games Designed by Cortando Pixeles from Argentina.
    Deer Summer Designed by Resko Elena from Russia.
    “A trip into the woods. August 2012.” Designed by Timothy J. Reynolds from USA.
    World Traffic Lights Day Designed by Cheloveche.ru from Russia.
    Lucky August “Life is a game. Are you feeling lucky in August?” Designed by Marina-art from Russia.
    Augmented August Designed by Sanja Vukasinovic from Serbia.
    Summertime Designed by Christina Mokry (allaci Gmbh) from Germany.
    Monster Attack Designed by MicroCreatives.
    but… my favorite is Searching for Higgs Boson Designed by Vlad Gerasimov from Russia. I like tis sort of humour.

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  52. 66

    Disappointing ..Olympic Games Designed by Cortando Pixeles from Argentina has the smashing magazine logo without the “S” in it !!!! Watch out editors the next time.

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  53. 67

    The Higgs is *lovely*!
    And the Responsive Wallpaper is impressive, I’m looking forward to the future versions.

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  54. 68

    C’mon guys, it is summer!!!

    What are these dark colors and stuff? Are you sitting only infront of your PCs? Get out and see the colors!

    From November 2011 no good entries.

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  55. 69

    I just love the selection this month. I keep alternating!

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  56. 70

    Monster Attack is nice

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  57. 71

    Thank you so much for such fantastic Wallpapers! I am a Smashing Magazine Wallpaper ADDICT! I usually download the ones I like every month with and without calendars and like the possibility to change them over the month depending of my mood …
    This month I am downloading
    - Searching for Higgs Boson by Vlad Gerasimov from Russia and
    - Ahoy by Webshift 2.0 from South Africa.
    Love both of them!!
    Thank you once again!
    You make my work on the computer more fun!!

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    Zulhilmi Zainudin

    August 23, 2012 12:33 pm

    Nice wallpapers! I’ll send mine too soon. :)

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  59. 73

    keeps getting better and better every month

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