Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: March 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 the designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for March 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:


Designed by Elise Vanoorbeek4 from Belgium.

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School Night

Designed by Hilda Rytteke17 from Sweden.

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Happy Easter

Designed by Christina Mokry from Germany.

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Good Morning Spring!

Designed by Ricardo Gimenes48.

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St Patrick’s Day

Designed by Cheloveche.ru65 from Russia.

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Cheese It

Designed by Katerina Bobkova81 from Ukraine.

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Pi Day

Designed by Thomas Bormans98 from Belgium.

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Jam Session

Designed by Oxana Kostromina111 from Germany / Russia.

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The Crow

“This photo is taking with my camera Canon 60D and 70-200 f4.0 lens. After taking this photo I edit with photoshop and I use one command. That one is Inverse Color. After I use this command I got like this photo. Thanks!” Designed by Han Htut Zaw138 from Myanmar.

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Old Desktop

Designed by Laurent Constant153 from Belgium.

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HTML5 March

"My concept for this wallpaper is the march to HTML5. Since HTML5 is not yet a standard. I have used the HTML5 logo and a few handdrawn people (cartoon style).These people stand for the webdesigners which are marching for HTML5 to become a new standard. I hope you like it!" Designed by Joeri Claes166 from Belgium.

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Paper Style

Designed by Wallpaperfx181 from Romania.

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"A really simple wallpaper done with Inkscape and GIMP." Designed by Rahul204 from India.

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Geometric March

Designed by John Patrick Buenaobra.

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Designed by Jens Van Huychem231 from Belgium.

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Abstract Retro

“An abstract pattern of geometrical cubes with a retro color scheme. Because it’s awesome!” Designed by Wannes De Roy246 from Belgium.

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Hot March

“Hot March! Just waiting for summer.” Designed by Roman Volkov259 from Russia.

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“A classic paint splat, workable in any office environment.” Designed by Mcr Web Design278 from United Kingdom.

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Spring Is Here!

"March is here bringing the blooming spring!" Designed by Webolution299 from Greece.

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"Sunrise is a picture I took on my way to work." Designed by Nlsjns322 from Belgium.

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Designed by Dangerbrain339 from USA.

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Extinction Is Not An Option

“I designed this wallpaper to raise awareness regarding the highly needed protection of sharks and rays.” Designed by Claudia Schmitt352 from Germany.

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Smokin’ Hues

Designed by Everton Vnm377 from Brazil.

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“This image describes the indescribable feeling I have looking outside: After all those cold dark winter nights, the day slowly grows longer, the sun awakens and we finally absorb the beautiful colors of SPRING!” Designed by Maurice De Haas, Haasmans390 from Netherlands.

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“Frederique is a satiric webcomic series about the day-to-day adventures of three friends: going to school, getting rejected by hot chicks and enjoying life with full blown optimism.” Designed by Richard Dancsi409 from Hungary / Germany.

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"My curious workspace." Designed by Artemka Tarik432 from Russia.

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Crazy Garden

Designed by Pietje Precies445 from The Netherlands.

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"To celebrate this March you need bright colors, spring and an easter bunny." Designed by René Gast462 from Germany.

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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 the designers for their participation. Join in next month475!

What’s Your Favorite?

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

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  1. 1

    “Spring” is very good! Thanks all the artists. By the way my design:×768.jpg

  2. 4

    excellent wallpapers

  3. 5

    Old Desktop and Splat are my favourites, though I have to say the calendar on Splat seems like an afterthought that’s been stuck on at the last minute.

  4. 6

    Pi Day and Good Morning Spring are great!

  5. 7

    My favorites are Geometric March, Paper Style, Old Desktop, and Sunrise (that’s a beautiful photo!)

    Thanks to all for providing me with wonderful wallpapers for my desktop all month long. :)

  6. 8

    My Favourite is Pi Day

  7. 9

    By far the best selection of wallpapers I’ve seen!

  8. 10

    School March, The Crow, Geometric March and Pi Day are my favorites. Thanks Samashing Mag for beautiful wallpapers yet again.

  9. 11

    My Favourite is also Pi Day!

  10. 12

    Jess (The Cozy Reader)

    February 28, 2013 8:54 pm

    I’m using Spring as my desktop wallpaper and Colorbunny as my login/lock screen background. :)

  11. 13

    Commonspring and oldstyle! And marsscape of course :)

    Lol, what’s with Belgium this time?

    Also, I feel compelled to speak up about “pi day”. Man, you’re not living in the only country in the world who uses this nonsensical calendar system. So why pretend you like it?

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    Beautiful collection. :)

  14. 16

    I love “Extinction is not an option” — beautiful wallpaper and such an important message! What is the message “Be impeccable with your word” supposed to mean in “School Night”? It makes no sense!

  15. 19

    Old Desktop has an error, Thursday and Tuesday are swapped

    • 20

      I picked “Old Desktop” too. By far the best in this gallery. Kudos to the author.
      It is what a wallpaper on the monitor should be: restful, calm, discreet, a delicate touch to the eye.
      And the Th-Tu swap gives it flavor ;)

  16. 21

    Commonspring. Nice and simple but also colourful like… well… spring!

  17. 22

    This is my first visit to you. I love the Commonspring and Sunrise… fresh and new. You’re definitely springy and that’s just what I needed. Thanks.

  18. 23

    Love “Pi Day”

  19. 24

    loved ‘ SPLAT’

  20. 25

    Pi Day :)

  21. 26

    Elise Vanoorbeek, why didn’t you submit 2560×1440 version of your wallpaper for iMacs?
    Anyway, I really love your work! Great job!

  22. 27

    Many great wallpapers this month, my favourite is “Spring Is Here!”.

  23. 28

    Spring Is Here! is my favourite. Simple and nice ^^!

  24. 29

    I must admit that march wallpapers are better than ever. Great job.

  25. 30

    i loooove the crazy garden. however for the month i chose commonspring

  26. 31

    Is 1920x1080px out of fashion already? I am missing too much wallpapers of this common resolution in this post, sadly.. Luckily 2560 x 1440 are the same proportions

  27. 32

    I downloaded and am stuck deciding between Pi Day, Old Style, and Sunrise. I use them on office PC so I like them to be somewhat conservative and less cartoon-ish. Some great options this month!

  28. 33

    Some good ones here; it seems like the top ones were cartoony, and my fave of those was cheveloche’s who always does cute ones. I like the message in extinction, the spring feel in color bunny, crazy garden, and especially in snowdrop, and the style in pi (also hit my math love), splat, the crow, and school night. I also dl’d old style desktop, and yours, Baris. Have a productive and happy March-til we meet again!

  29. 35

    I picked ‘Sunrise’ for March.

  30. 36

    Paper Style is by far my favorite this month.

  31. 37

    Great works! I’ve shortlisted seven. Now I’ve got to decide which one to use for my desktop.

  32. 38

    I chose Smokin’ Hues this month. Also liked Old Style for its simplicity and Colorbunny for the cute character in the awesome colors.

  33. 39

    Good to see the spring mood coming up! Here in Sweden it is still winter, and that’s the them of our own wallpaper:

    We’ll be back in April for warmer temperatures!

  34. 40

    Spring Is Here! = Best

  35. 41

    Laura Casselman

    March 2, 2013 1:46 pm

    My faves our Spring because it looks whimsical and magical just like the Easter Bunny and Paper Style. Sunrise is also very nice with the picture showing signals of spring (sun, green grass). I look forward to selecting new ones each month!

  36. 42

    My favourites are:
    Geometric March, Landscape, Paper Style.
    Good collection, thanks.

  37. 43

    every month I truly look forward to finding a new wallpaper for my laptop! This collection is one of the best! I can’t decide between the Spring is Here, Pi Day, and Color Bunny! excellent work! :)

  38. 44

    Carlos Adan Cortes

    March 2, 2013 5:50 pm

    Great designs! I’ll be using one of them for sure :)

  39. 45

    Can’t say I’m loving these this month, but I really did like Ricardo Gimenes’. What a cute illustration :)

  40. 46

    My favorites are Paper Style and Abstract Retro – but went with Paper Style as my husband loves snowdrops.

  41. 47

    What’s happened with just using an actual creative photograph as a base and background for a wallpaper? In recent months they are increasingly rare and now just an odd occurrence. Cartoon-style characters and abstract patterns are fun for the odd glance, but I wouldn’t want to stare at one every single day.

  42. 48

    Love all! Thank you!

  43. 49

    Thanks, a very good selection. “School Night” is my favourite and it’s on my desktop.

  44. 50

    Lovely design. very nice

  45. 51

    Love ‘Sunrise’. I agree with Bogdan about the cartoon styles. I love the reality of photographs.

  46. 52

    Erlinis Quintana

    March 4, 2013 4:11 pm

    Thanks guys, Every month a great job!!

  47. 53

    “Old Desktop,” “School Night,” “Paper Style,” “Splat,” and “Sunrise” were my favorites. Thanks to all the artists and to Smashing Magazine for another great display!

  48. 54

    In Smokin’ Hues, the 29th is missing from March. Can that be added?

  49. 55

    Thanks a lot for these lovely wallpapers.. I loved Paper Style and Extinction..

  50. 56

    All wallpapers are simply awesome and I just loved them. :)

  51. 57

    Thanks for your effort ^_^

  52. 58

    “Cheese it” is the funniest, most creative and full of symbols for who has eyes to see them :D ..Awesome job, Katerina!

  53. 59

    I really like Good Morning Spring!


  54. 60

    Best collection ever, So many colours, vintage, Fantasy… Thanks

  55. 61

    Love most of these. Any reason TH and T are switched in “Old Desktop”?

  56. 62

    Helmut Sieghartsleitner

    March 6, 2013 11:22 am

    Thanks for sharing, every month I look and grub in this section. This month there is a lot of stuff i’m amazed of. Personaly my favorit is also Pi – very stunning minimalistic, also “crows”. So easy it could be.

  57. 63

    Kathie Clohessy

    March 6, 2013 7:03 pm

    I’m always drawn to the unusual so I chose Colorbunny as my March desktop.Bright colors and bold graphics..yummmm. I also liked Geometric March a lot, but it was a bit too hectic to have every day appeal. PaperStyle is pretty but a bit too safe for my taste.

    With that said, I’d like to add a big “Thank You! ” to every one of the artists who generously donate these beautiful desktop wallpapers every month. My life would be much more boring if you guys weren’t around.

  58. 64

    I use your service every month to find great desktop wallpapers – nice!
    What I would love you to do was to sniff my screen resolution and somehow visually highlight the ones relevant for my screen :-) I have made a simple raw javascript which does just that:

    var sc = window.screen.width+’x’+window.screen.height;
    []‘a[href*="'+sc+'"]‘), function(e) { += ‘background-color: rgba(255,255,0,.5); padding: 3px;’

    It is raw – but try opening the developer toolbar and run it :-) Works on modern browsers :-)
    So, go ahead – give me a little credit (say by linking to my blog: and extend your wonderful page :-)

    Have a nice day!


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    Nlsjns’ picture is stunning & typography makes a wonderful contrast. Many other great ones, but that’s my favorite this month! Thank you to all designers!

  61. 68

    I like Crazy Garden :)

  62. 69

    Great works! I chose Pi Day, Geometric March, Splat and Crazy Garden.

    Thanks for making my March desktop beautiful!

  63. 70

    Nice Creations, I like “Cheese It” will use it for my desktop calender wallpaper.

  64. 71

    Great stuff! As usual :)

  65. 72

    anna jarczewski

    March 10, 2013 5:23 am

    Love Geometric March. What an eye opener! Thank you so much.

  66. 74

    Hi, I like “Landscape” best. It’s so colorful and friendly, it makes my smile just by looking at it. The perfect desktop wallpaper for march! Thanks

  67. 75

    I really enjoy the calendars here. I “need” a monthly desktop calendar that’s positioned in the upper right hand corner; otherwise it gets lost behind all the icons to the left. Perhaps I’ll see more selections in the future that cater to my preference. Great job, y’all!

  68. 76

    I sooo love the “Sunrise”
    If I could I would keep it in April too
    but I am too curious about the new ones

    I am using you wallpapers for 4 years now
    and I just want to warmly thank you for all the color
    and delight you bring on to my desktop

    Have a wonderful spring!


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