Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: October 2013

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We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. 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 now, and we’re 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 August 2013. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your desktop wallpaper, folks!

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?

Autumn Colors

“I love the autumncolors and making pictures, this is a collage of bits and pieces of various autumn photos from previous seasons. Enjoy!” — Designed by Agnes Swart from the Netherlands.

Autumn colors

Argyle October

“I really enjoy simple designs and thats the way I like to design. I tried to do as much as I could with as little as I can.” — Designed by Josh Smith from the United States.

Aryle October

Happy Halloween

Designed by Zanetine Web Design from India.

Happy Halloween

Sports Day In Japan

“Sports day is held every October in Japan for kids in kindergarten to high school.” — Designed by Evangeline Neo from Japan.

Sports Day in Japan

Beautiful Autumn

Designed by Frank Miller from Prague, CZ.

Beautiful Autumn

Retro October

“When I think of October I think of making homemade applesauce, pumpkin bread, etc. in a warm, inviting kitchen. I added the vintage theme to further push the homemaker feel.” — Designed by Kelly Sheaffer from the United States.

Retro October

October Gifts

“I was inspired by autumn and those gifts that presented to us in the form of beautiful colors, unusual shapes and mysterious weather. So enjoy October! :)” — Designed by Juliagav from Ukraine.

October Gift

Let The Beauty

“A wonderful quote by Jalal ad-Din Rumi and an excellent image by Tan Chuan-Yean.” — Designed by Aydin Demircioglu from Germany.

Let the beauty

Building Singapore: Old Supreme Court

“This wallpaper design is inspired by the Old Supreme Court of Singapore, the last structure in Singapore to be built in the style of classical architecture. It’s currently in the process of being converted into the National Art Gallery of Singapore, slated to be open in 2015!” — Designed by Teo Yu Siang from Singapore

Building Singapore: Old Supreme Court

Trafalgar Day

“To commemorate the victory and death of Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805.” — Designed by Adrian Sandu from Romania (currently living in Ireland).

Trafalgar Day

Adventure

“Go into the imagination of a young boy…going out to be the hero of his own story.” — Designed by Anne O’Konski from the United States.

Adventure

Misty Woods

“October reminds me of cold nights and Halloween. Halloween is a time when going up to creepy houses through misty haunted woods is acceptable, which also inspired me to design a moonlight misty composition.” — Designed by Samantha Magaard from the United States.

Misty Woods

A Very Bright Halloween

“We want to remind everyone to stay safe this Halloween when trick-or-treating, maybe carry a portable lantern or flashlight. We also wanted to share some ideas we had for adding a special bright touch to your costumes this year – battery operated Halloween string lights!” — Designed by Carla Genovesio (from Lights.com from the United States.

A Very Bright Halloween

Fall Colors

“I was inspired to create this wallpaper by the natural elements of fall. Comfortable clothes, crisp air, hot chocolate and the vibrant colors of autumn bring a joy to my soul unlike any other season. I took this picture on one of my walks near my house. Embrace the change and absorb the wonderful beauty of this season!” — Designed by Cody Courmier from Denver, CO.

Fall Colors

Geometric Series: Lady Gaga

“The Geometric Series is a series of graphite-on-paper artworks that celebrates and commemorates some of the world’s most popular – and controversial – celebrities. Each artwork is completed using nothing but geometric shapes (mostly triangles), resulting in an interesting pseudo-3D portrait. This artwork is the second in the series, featuring the Queen of Monsters, Lady Gaga. Hope you guys like it!” — Designed by Teo Yu Sheng from Singapore.

Geometric Series - Lady Gaga

A Night To Sparkle!

“October brings Halloween! A fun time of year, where we get to dress up and go Trick or Treating! I have fond memories of me and my family lighting sparklers, attempting to write your name with them, and throwing them into the night sky when theyre almost done! :)” — Designed by Kelly from Ireland.

A Night to Sparkle!

October Fun

“My wallpaper was inspired by my love for the Autumn season. I wanted to capture some of my favorite aspects about this time of the year and put them into a design that anyone can enjoy on their computer screen. I love animals so I decided to put in a classic black cat and her family. I also wanted to emphasize the lovely colors of the season throughout the piece with the changing foliage and the landscape. I also wanted this design to have a family friendly, kid feel. The style is almost like a coloring book page, and has a “cutesy” aspect that kids will enjoy.” — Designed by Lauren McNallen from Pennsylvania, USA.

October Fun

Sheepish Fall Knitters

“When I think of October I think of fall, cold, and sweaters. It just so happens that my mom knits and especially during the fall season she goes overload with all the socks, hats, and sweaters she knits for all us kids. So I decided to put that idea into a comic-like illustration. I felt like a little humor was needed to make the illustration a little more fun.” — Designed by Emily Allard from the United States.

Sheepish Fall Knitters

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. We encourage you to participate and join in next month!

What’s Your Favorite?

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

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    Beautiful Autumn by Frank Miller

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    Great lineup again, SM. Very glad to see this tradition is withstanding the test of time, and I hope it continues to do so for years to comes. I’m rocking “Argyle October for the moment, but I’ll be switching to “Happy Halloween” soon.

    p.s. Two years in a row of not submitting! Ahhhhhhh! I’ll be sure and try harder next year. ;-)

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  3. 9

    Fall Colors– Wow.

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    I love the Retro October! =)

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  5. 15

    Thank you for picking my wallpaper again! ^^

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  6. 16

    Great wallpapers!!!!! Like that retro by Kelly Sheaffer.

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    Love that more and more backgrounds are also becoming in mobile sizes!

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    Thank you for picking my wallpaper Adventure again!

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  9. 20

    First time I participate and I made the cut. Thank you! More incentive to try the next months as well.

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  10. 21

    Love the Happy Halloween one (#3), but how can the calendar not have October 31st??

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    I really like the October Fun, really cute animals.

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  12. 24

    Hello Everyone!

    I really appreciate that you like my Calendar. I’m deeply sorry for the incorrect weekends. I’ll fix it immediately!

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  13. 26

    I loved “Argyle October” by Josh Smith. Good stuff!

    -David G.

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  14. 27

    I love them all- they are gorgeous!! For aesthetics I particularly love Autumn Colors. However for practicality (which admittedly is not what I use my desktop for) I’d choose Retro October since it is the only calendar that truly functions as a calendar (allows you to tell what day of the week a particular date is).

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  15. 28

    Nothing for the baseball playoffs in October?

    That’s the first thing I think of when I hear October…

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  16. 30

    The Happy Halloween only has 30 days…… can’t celebrate Halloween without the 31st!

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    Please, please, please, can we not check our work before posting and sizing, I mean, its a calendar first and foremost.. I think anyone submitting should be able to produce one with the right days.. I mean really. Or someone should be checking..

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    Always frustrated by the northern hemisphere seasonal themed calendars. This month is harder as its mostly fall and halloween, two things that are not featured in my southern hemisphere country.

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      @Erich, good idea. For november I will try to come in selection with a southern theme ! This month my favorite is October Gifts. Congratulations to all designers.

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    the design beautiful-autumn-full.jpg have wrong date….sorry about my english Designed by Frank Miller from Prague, CZ.

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    Vote for October gifts!

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  21. 36

    Beautiful Autumn by Frank Miller and a night to sparkle. :)

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  22. 37

    Thanks for picking our wallpaper. Can we re-submit these wallpapers after correcting calendar mistake?

    Thank You.

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      Iris Lješnjanin

      October 1, 2013 3:10 pm

      Hi there,

      Please feel free to submit the wallpapers again — we’ll be sure to upload the new ones :)

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  23. 39

    I like Beautiful Autumn by Frank Miller but weekends are not correct.

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  24. 40

    C’mon! The calendar has to be *functional*… therefore my choices this month were quite limited.

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  25. 41

    Thank you for choosing my wallpaper second time. I’m very happy about it :)

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  26. 42

    Vote for A Very Bright Halloween and October Fun :)

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  27. 43

    Hi, it is very bad compared with past months

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  28. 44

    Really need to get my 1280 x 1024 monitor upgraded. Such a lack of choice for that size!

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  29. 45

    As a knitter myself, I really love Emily Allard’s October design. If she keeps up with the knitting theme, I am sure she will gain a large following. I will pass it along to the rochester knitting guild membership.

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  30. 46

    Nice, love the retro one! Thanks for the collection.

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    Loving the Happy Halloween wallpaper, but the lack of the 31st is, well, just a tad ironic! If someone would fix that, that would be wonderful! But otherwise, I’m loving the selection, it always makes my month a whole lot prettier. :)

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    seems to be a major lack of 1920 x 1200 this month

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  33. 51

    Went with October Gifts, but I liked the one with the sparklers, too.

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  34. 52

    But where’s Cheloveche this month???

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  35. 53

    Great collection this month! I’m using Happy Halloween. Thanks!

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  36. 54

    I downloaded fifth one down – Beautiful Autumn, but then I noticed the calendar is WRONG…not sure if it was meant to be a weekend tease or not ;) Details, details, designers!

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    “BEAUTIFUL FALL COLORS’ BY FRANK MILLER, WAS MY FAVORITE IN MY SCREEN SIZE, I UPLOADED IT SO HAPPILY, THEN DISCOVERED THAT THE CALENDAR FOR OCT 2013 IS INCORRECT. IT MUST HAVE BEEN MADE FOR ANOTHER YEAR AND NOT CORRECTED FOR THIS YEAR, THE WEEKENDS ARE ALL WRONG!! SO SAD I HAD PLANNED TO USE IT ALL MONTH, BUT I DEPEND ON THE CALENDAR AND IT WILL NOT WORK. IT WAS MY FAVORITE : – (

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  38. 56

    no cheloveche, booooo!

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  39. 57

    The Beautiful Autumn is beautiful but doesn’t correspond to October 2013

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  40. 58

    Beautiful Autumn is very beautiful despite the error of the Weekends.
    Thanks, S.M.

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  41. 59

    I love this website, thank you for all the beautiful wallpapers. I look forward to this every month. Just 1 request, can you please add more 1280X1024 resolutions? Thanks!

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    check this wallpaper is this really a quality work ???? See how cramped it is ????

    http://files.smashingmagazine.com/wallpapers/oct-13/aryle-october/cal/oct-13-aryle-october-cal-320×480.png

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    I really like A Night To Sparkle.

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    These were all stellar! I particularly loved “Autumn Colors,” “Beautiful Autumn,” “Adventure,” “Misty Woods,” and “Fall Colors.”

    I *especially* admired the way Anne O’Konski and Cody Courmier integrated the calendars such that the wallpaper was less stunning in the calendar-less view.

    Great job! And thanks, Smashing Magazine!

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    where cheloveche ?
    miss their wallpaper (i use it every months)

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    My pick is “Adventure” from Anne O’Konski. That one has a pretty universal theme, doesn’t it? At least for us boys anyways. ;)

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    It is so hard to pick just one but . . . mine is . . . Cody Courmier from Denver, CO. “Fall Colors”

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    It is so hard to choose just one. I’m going to use “Fall Colors” by Cody Courmier from Denver, CO. this month.

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    Hey Everyone!

    Just want you know. I’ve fixed weekends on the calendar. And, Now It is OK! Thank you for all your comments about me calendar.

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      Dear Frank.
      I love your wallpaper “Beautiful Autumn” but could u please :D upload it with 1920×1080 resolutions.
      anyways thanks for ur wallpaper.

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    Newbie here….HELP please….how do I download and how do I know my screen size?

    Thanks so much!!!

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    Autumn Colors is my favorite !

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    Loved Autumn Colors and Fall Colors… Retro October is also nice!!

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    Skye Media Group

    October 4, 2013 8:10 am

    I love autumn colors

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  54. 76

    I really like Fall Colors.

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  55. 77

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your monthly desktop wallpapers. I’m super excited each month to get on here and find a new one. I wondered if you’ve ever thought of having a contest for cell phone wallpapers? I would be very excited to be able to have something formatted for my telephone :)

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    No images for 2560×1440 screens? Just one?

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    Realized that I hadn’t updated my desktop wallpaper since May! Argyle October it is! :)

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    Definitely Lady Gaga!
    Thanks_

    PS: Hm-hm, a bit too dark when in use, but still a nice concept.

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  59. 81

    I always download a few every month and switch them off.

    I just changed to “Retro October” and noticed that the background color changes with the background color behind the image. Well done.

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  60. 82

    I love Autumn Colors, but 19 is missing. Instead there are two 18s…

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    I love “Adventure”, it’s so sweet!

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    I love fall colors! It’s so beautiful and the best as wallpapers.

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  63. 85

    I love them all but in Argentina it is spring :(
    Anyway I liked ” Let The Beauty.” Awsome. Thanks

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    Sports Day In Japan! So cuuute! :3 Nice collection for October! (y)

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    i love you October theme because you represent two main event within these wallpapers, one as happy halloween and second beautiful autumn. thanks for all images

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    Fall Colors!

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    Love ‘Fall Colors’! those colors are just gorgeous.

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