Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: January 2013


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 five years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for January 2013. 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 magazine2 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?

Merry Smashing Christmas

Designed by Ricardo Gimenes.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper — January 20133

Mario January

“One day I was playing Super Mario Brothers on an old Super Nintendo and the idea of creating a Mario-themed calendar came to my mind. I hope you like the end result! (If you have a lower resolution than Full HD, I recommend using the 1920 wide version still, and let your OS do the resizing to fit your desktop.).” Designed by Roland Szabo19 from Hungary.

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Array My Way

Designed by Vlad Gerasimov38 from Russia.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper — January 201339

New Year

Designed by Webolution61 from Greece.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - January 201362

End Of The World Postponed

Designed by Davide Vicariotto77 from Italy.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper — January 201378

Welcome To January

Designed by Logan Holy110 from Indonesia.

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Designed by Cheloveche.ru127 from Russia.

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Moustache 2013

Designed by Lissa Sleeckx143 from Belgium.

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Cozy January

“January is a very cold month and when outside it’s too cold, we love to stay at home in a cozy home!” Designed by Fabrizio Venanzi168 from United Kindgdom.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper — January 2013169

The Edge

“This is the edge, the edge of life, when your memories flashes before your eyes, and you feel nothing more than calmness. What you see at that moment is real but its also surreal. Its something magical. And this is it. Its the edge with amazing Clarence’s sax melodies. We all gonna be on the edge someday, and this is going to by the part of my edge.” Designed by Andrius Tamosaitis181 from Lithuania.

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Fresh Start

Designed by Gabriella191 from Indonesia.

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Designed by Tetyana Kovyrina212 from Canada.

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Calls For A Bottle

“”This calls for a bottle of Israel’s finest!” -Friends sit-com quote. There is always a reason to celebrate! Designed by Sarah Tanner.” Designed by Sarah Tanner229 from USA.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper — January 2013230

Nothing Happened

Designed by Michal Juszczyk248 from Poland.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper — January 2013249

Happiness In Winter

“Wishing everyone a SMASHING year 2013!” Designed by Mancar269 from Turkey.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper — January 2013270

The Season To Snowboard

“Time to hit the slopes because it’s snowboarding season!” Designed by Marina Zhukov314 from USA.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper — January 2013315

Happy Holiday

Designed by Svetlana Denisenko327 from Ukraine.

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Blue Year

Designed by Elise Vanoorbeek358 from Belgium.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper — January 2013359

Thought For The New Year

“A thought to begin 2013.” Designed by Dangerbrain371 from USA.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper — January 2013372

Blue Neon Sign

Designed by Jong S. Kim384 from USA.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper — January 2013385

Winter Fun

“Snow boys and snow dog enjoying a winter day.” Designed by Anne Alexander397 from USA.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper — January 2013398

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 month422!

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 have a truly smashing, happy new year 2013!

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  2. 2

    Particularly fine set of designs this month – probably the best I’ve ever seen, hard to pick one!

  3. 3

    The season to snowboard !!!

  4. 4

    Yannick Hellemans

    December 31, 2012 4:32 pm

    Moustache 2013!

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  6. 6

    ‘Happiness in winter’ calendar desktop i like most.

  7. 7

    In total I love the “Season To Snowboard” (got it yet as my wallpaper!)
    As concept I choose the “Moustache 2013″ but also the illustrations of: “Happiness In Winter” & “Snake”.
    Nice Designs!

  8. 8

    Moustache 2013 is the most original

  9. 9

    Way too many good ones. I need more screen devices.

  10. 10

    Great work, artists!
    If I have to limit it to one, my favorite would be “Thought for the New Year.”
    (Also “Calls for a Bottle,” “Fresh Start,” and “Array my Way.”)

  11. 11

    Congratulations to all the contesters this month, we can see numerous examples of superb graphic design in this collection. Thanks, SmashingMagazine for adding mine, Mario January.
    See you soon, happy new year everyone!


    • 12

      Thanks to you, but a bigger thanks to your drug dealer! You HAVE to be on really big nasty drugs to be this motivated to create this piece of wallpaper ! Do you think you can create a yearly calendar with SMB images?
      Would appreciate the badass effort and the incredible input on this!

    • 13

      I love the Mario January…def my favorite of them all thank you!

    • 14

      I love love LOVE the Mario calendar. Is it possible to make one of these for each month of 2013? I would love to keep this on my dual monitor.

  12. 15

    Lissa has a moustache

  13. 16

    ‘SNAKE’ , and ‘BLUE NEON SIGN’ , really caught my attention.
    Have A Happy 13 !

  14. 17

    I love Woobie really most of all. It feels so cosy when I look at this fluffy little bear when outside there are minus 15° Celsius in Bavaria.

  15. 18

    Thanks. Happy new year!

  16. 19

    the end of the world one was nice

  17. 20

    Excellent job as usual! Thanks for your contributions! (@SM – Thanks for keeping this going!)

  18. 21

    Calls For A Bottle is very nice~ i love the colors, make winter warmer.

  19. 22

    The wallpaper series is always awesome!

  20. 23

    I like
    Array My Way
    Designed by Vlad Gerasimov from Russia,
    Happy Holiday
    Designed by Svetlana Denisenko from Ukraine,
    Blue Neon Sign
    Designed by Jong S. Kim from USA,
    Thought For The New Year
    “A thought to begin 2013.” Designed by Dangerbrain from USA.

  21. 24

    Calls For A Bottle

  22. 25

    Happy new year S.M.
    OK: Blue Neon Sign.

  23. 26

    Thanks for adding my Moustache 2013, hope you all like it!

  24. 27

    Happy new year.

    A BIG KISS for every one

  25. 28

    Wow. Great design from my country, Indonesia. I like “Welcome to January” and “Fresh Start”. Keren. =D

  26. 29

    I selected the one by Webolution from Greece.

    Though the ones with planets and Mario are also good.
    Overall much better then November and December editions where there were literally no good wallpapers.

    • 30

      Hello Alexander thanks for your kind words!!!

      • 31


        thank you for sharing these designs.. i love it..

        the way you r displaying different size in post…is amazing…

        How you did it… can i ask you and hope to get code from you.

        trillion of thanks in advance !

  27. 32

    Thanks for adding my design “Happiness in Winter” and wishing everyone a SMASHING year 2013!

  28. 33

    Saved the Happiness in winter, Happy Holiday and Thought of the day after having a hard time choosing.. great collection again, lots of thanks to the artists that offer then each month.. hava a happy and healthy 2013 all!

  29. 34

    Great Wallpapers SM!


  30. 35

    A wish of love and remembrance to you and yours on this Holiday Season.thanks

  31. 36

    Happiness In Winter is just EPIC! Thanks :)

  32. 37

    I’ve tried to make the one too… now I’d like to share it ;) hope that .net developers will like it ;)

  33. 38

    Really awesome collection January. Thanks

  34. 39

    Welcome to January! :)

    Happy new year!

  35. 40

    “Happy holiday” made me happy. Made me regret less that Christmas is over. And “Nothing Happened ” is a lovely fantsy. Thanks so very much much for the global views of 2013.

  36. 41

    Love ” the edge ” by Andrius Tamosaitis
    The detailing is inspiring and as it remains a wallpaper , gives me enough time to appreciate the work.

  37. 42

    I love “Happiness in Winter.” I just wish there was smoke coming out of the chimney. That would have completely made the picture even more inviting to me. Doesn’t mean I won’t use it. :D I have it on shuffle already with a few others, but definitely my favorite.

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    Thank you smashingmagazine for including my Fresh Start to the set :) Have a great year ahead everyone!

  39. 44

    I love ‘Happiness in Winter’! :)

  40. 45

    Super Mario is definitely my choice ^^

  41. 47

    Have you got Cheloveche chained to a desk somewhere, making wallpapers?!

    Great collection. Love ‘Nothing Happened’ and ‘Mario’.

  42. 48

    Great collection!

  43. 49

    Thank you for these. I discovered your wallpaper several months ago and every month there have been a few that I absolutely love using.

    This month, I’ll be looking at Happiness in Winter and New Year every day.

  44. 50

    Every month I have the same thing to say – best group of designs yet! So another great set of options! Thanks!

  45. 51

    Super Mario FTW!!!!!

  46. 53

    Hey Smashing Magazine, happy new year to all your team, and thanks for including us!!!

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    raspberry ketones

    January 2, 2013 9:17 pm

    Wall papers are so superb. I liked them so much.
    Happy New Year.

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    Great collection this month! I especially love the one designed by Ricardo Gimenes, although I wish it didn’t have two typos in it, i.e. there should be an “R” in Thursday and there’s no Friday the 31st this month. The colors are beautiful, though!

  49. 56

    Here’s to a Happy New Year and all the best for 2013 from all at Sims Designs – keep up the Smashing work!

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    José-Michel Neiva

    January 2, 2013 10:39 pm

    Thanks !

    My favorite is “Nothing Happened”.

  51. 58

    ‘New Year’ is so whimsical I love it!! :D Thank you :D Great Selections this month!

  52. 59

    I like ones that have the calendar at the bottom right of the wallpaper since I use the rest of the the screen for desktop icons and dashboard.

  53. 60

    I love Woobie because I’m crazy about Teddy bears, but I love the snowkids and their doggie too – it’s a tossup this month, I’m afraid. :)
    You always have at least one every month that I absolutely love. I still like all the owl & bird wallpapers that you had last year (part of the time anyway)… Thanks and keep ‘em coming because we appreciate all your efforts on our behalf! ♥

  54. 61

    Awesome wallpapers. Happy New Year to all of you.

  55. 62

    Excellent work. Any link to the Windows Desktop theme yet?

  56. 63

    “End of the world has been posponed” is really really great!! It is visually interesting and it is also fun and clever!! Even though I like a bunch of this month wallpapers this is my favorite.

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      “End of the world has been postponed” is also my favourite! “Nothing happened” is also great. All in all a good collection, thanks SM!

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    Thanks a lot everyone ^_^

  58. 66

    I *love* the Super Mario Bros theme! What a great throwback to the good ‘ol days. Also love the Happy New Year with ornaments and the Thought for the Year. All very beautiful. Thanks for putting out these calendar each month!

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    Mario!! For sure!
    and then Woobie, cuz he makes me want to stay in bed and cuddle up on these cold dreary days.

    Thanks everyone, for your hard work!

  60. 69

    Good Collection, I Will Also Design For Coming Months :)

  61. 70

    “Happiness is winter”, is great!

  62. 71

    Loved, loved, loved End Of The World Postponed

    The winter themed calendars often were beautiful, but I didn’t want to be reminded how cold it is outside.

  63. 72

    “End Of The World Postponed” is fantastic. Thanks Davide.

    I love checking out the calendar pages every month. It’s equally satisfying to hear the “Ooh”s and “Aah”s from my coworkers when they see the new month’s selection on my desktop!

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    To all of you who contribute I love the creative flow
    I would like however if all the designs with calendars
    could be available in 1280 x 1024 screen resolution

    just hoping!

    New Hampshire, New England, USA

  65. 74

    The Mario calendar rocks! I loveee it! Thank you!

  66. 76

    man, mario one is awesome.., kiran “likes” this..,

  67. 78

    Thanks a lot !

    nice calenders.

  68. 79

    I am in love with “happy holidays” … it looks just gorgeous on my desktop, next comes “calls for a bottle” … have the pleasure that they are rotating automatically.

  69. 80

    “Blue Neon Sign” is great!

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    Umair Hafeez Mughal

    January 5, 2013 2:05 pm

    Wonderful work :-) Thanks a lots … Loved the cozy one and the fresh start … End of world is so much awsome :-)

  71. 82

    Yearly calendar would be more nice for printouts!

  72. 83

    All these wallpapers are awesome!

    But could you plzzzzzz give out some dual-screen wallpapers?


  73. 84

    Thanks to all the designers for these creative, inspiring wallpapers. Remember January doesn’t mean snow everywhere in the world. It’s scorching hot here! Let’s mix it up a bit.

  74. 85

    Thought For The New Year!!! is Awesome

    Thanks! for sharing I’m glad you like it! :)

    Great post Ever !!!

  75. 86

    Those are wonderful calenders. I liked most ‘Happy Holiday’.

  76. 87

    choose Thought For The New Year this month,thanks so much!

  77. 88

    Awesome stuff as usual. I was too late to submit my visual for this month: but I’ll try my best to contribute to next month’s set!

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    Jaye Gundrum - CANADA

    January 14, 2013 7:21 pm

    My Favourite is : END OF THE WORLD POSTPONED

    Just shows you that not everyone is accurate with their prophecies. (Thank God for that).
    I found you on the web, and I’m very pleased with pretty much all that I’ve seen. Thank You so much!

  79. 90

    Good stuff..but the ‘end of the world..’ is non-sense! no body knows the future and people are just to stupid to believe in anything..stop wasting your time

  80. 91

    The wallpapers are amazing. Great way of refreshing you screen every month.

    I had one question – what kind of licence do these images carry. I wanted to use some of the images for my website. Would it be a problem if I do it?

    Thank you


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