Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: January 2014

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Thank you, dear Smashing readers, for your support — it means the world to us. On behalf of the entire Smashing Magazine team, we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014. Let it be the best year of your life. — Ed.

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 now, 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 2014. 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?

Smashing New Year

“2014 is here! Wish you all amazing new year.” — Designed by Matej Pindroch from Slovakia.

Smashing new year

Have A Smashing New Year 2014

Designed by Bryan Verlinden from Belgium.

Have Smashing NEW YEAR

Keep Warm & Snuggle Up

“January is one of the coldest months of the year so designed a calendar that might inspire you to keep warm and snuggle up with a nice cup of hot chocolate, coffee, or tea… you choose!” — Designed by Jorden Campbell from New Hampshire, USA.

Keep Warm & Snuggle Up

New Year’s Resolution

Designed by Elise Vanoorbeek from Belgium.

New Year's Resolution

The Twelfth Night

“January always reminds me of my childhood, dressing up as a king with some friend and going door to door to sing a song !” — Designed by Kevin Mornie from Belgium.

The Twelfth Night

Don’t Forget Your Vitamins

“Discover the seasonal fruits and vegetables. In January: apple and banana enjoying with the snow!” — Designed by Vitaminas Design from Spain.

Vitamins!!! Seasonal fruits and vegetables

Smashing Snowball

“Winter snowball fun!” — Designed by Bram De Nyn from Belgium.

Smashing Snowball

Be Awesome Today

“A little daily motivation to keep your cool during the month of January.” — Designed by Amalia Van Bloom from United States.

be awesome today

SmashingConf In New York

“A new Smashing Conference. 17–18th of June 2014. Two days, one track, 18 brilliant speakers. 350 seats.” — Designed by Ricardo Gimenes from Brazil.

The SmashingConf Is Coming To New York!

Happy Coding This Year!

Designed by Jasper De Smet from Belgium.

Love coding!

Cool Winter

“Wanted to abstractly sum up January. Showcase the cool, crisp colors and give an overall feeling of winter.” — Designed by Matt Noa from United States.

Cool Winter

Abstract Winter

“January is a cold and dark month up here in the north. A month to cuddle up in the warmth inside, light some candles and hang out with family while avoiding the bitter cold and snow outside. This is my attempt at an abstract interpretation of this chilly time of year.” — Designed by Terese Brännström from Sweden.

Abstract winter

A Cold January

Designed by Stijn Van Doorslaer from Belgium.

A Cold January

Rocky Mountain Winter

“January is a big month for skiing in Alberta. Fresh, crisp snow and spectacular scenery make for an amazing month.” — Designed by Jennifer Garman from Canada.

Rocky Mountain Winter

Taking Back Winter

“I live in Canada, where the winters are long and can be bleak if you don’t get active. These are things that represent my childhood.” — Designed by Stephanie Bell from Canada.

Taking Back Winter

Happy New Year!

“A wallpaper to welcome the new year 2014!” — Designed by WebOlution from Greece.

Happy New Year!

After Holidays

“I often use wallpapers for my desktop from your web site and really wanted to participate. My muse was the future Christmas holidays and what left after them. Hope to like my wallpaper and use it with smile :)” — Designed by Militsa Mokanova from Bulgaria.

After Holidays

Japanese New Year

Designed by Evacomics from Singapore.

Japanese New Year

Lights In Concert

“It’s 2014! Let’s go see a show, all the Lights are going to be there. “De’light’ed”, “These lights rock” said the critics.” — Designed by Lights.com from United States.

Lights in Concert

Month Of The Wolf

“It is not only the start of a new year, it is also the month of the wolf. I think it is a beautiful combination. New year, new moon, wolf.” — Designed by Joni Fory from Belgium.

Month of the wolf

New Year It Is!

“This is the time to take a step forward, which will lead you to new adventures, new roads to explore and new success to reach. Its the time to forget the bad, remember the good, to not repeat the mistakes, to not hurt anyone. Let everyone’s life keep lighting up like fireworks, be away from darkness and take them higher. Happy New Year to all.” — Designed by Smita Dessai from Goa,India.

New Year It Is!

New Years 2014 Celebration Of LIfe

“New Year new opportunities! Let’s celebrate and enjoy the launch of a new year and adventures 2014 will bring!” — Designed by Clifford Almeida from United States.

New Years 2014 Celebration Of LIfe

Remember 2014

“Everyone sometimes forget about the new year and still writes down the old one. So a wallpaper with a reminder can do no harm.” — Designed by Lisa Smets from Belgium.

Remember 2014

Wake Me Up When Spring Arrives

“Last year was the sad time for me. I lost my grandfather and I lost a long time to forget a wonderfull boy who I love. So In the new year I wish I’ll stronger as a flower sleep throughout the winter, wait spring to bloom.” — Designed by Nguyet Tran Thi Anh from Việt Nam.

Wake me up when Spring comes.

Warli Art

“The Warlis are an indigenous tribe or Adivasis, living in Mountainous as well as coastal areas of Maharashtra-Gujarat border and surrounding areas.They have their own animistic beliefs,life,customs and traditions,as a result of acculturation they have adopted many Hindu beliefs.” — Designed by Sacchidanand Chavan from India.

Warli Art

Warming Up

Designed by Sofie Keirsmaekers from Belgium.

Warming up!

Let’s Welcome The New Year

Designed by Paarva Creations from India.

Welcome 2014

Welcome to Brasil: Fifa WC 2014

Designed by Biju Louis from India.

Welcome to Brasil: Fifa WC 2014

Happy New Year! Cheers!

“Each year is another opportunity for us to start it with a BANG and a fresh opportunity at our dreams and New Year’s resolution. Our team used this as our theme for designing this wallpaper. Enjoy!” — Designed by Cliff Almeida from Phoenix, Arizona.

Cheers - Happy New Year 2014

A Winter Walk

“I remember times being very windy in January. Not only because of the backlash of Christmas food and New Years eve’s casserole, but also due to big drafts waiting at the train station.” — Designed by Tom Moore from Belgium.

A Winter Walk

Sledding Snowman

“I stumbled upon some Calvin and Hobbes cartoons about winter, and they inspired me for this wallpaper. We aren’t the only ones having fun during winter! Snowmen are entitled to winter fun too! I wonder where he’ll land…?” — Designed by Pieter Van der Elst from Belgium.

Sledding Snowman

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 have a truly smashing, happy new year 2014!

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  1. 1

    Happy, happy and fantastic new year to all everybody.
    Desktop Wallpaper Calendar project is one of the coolest and useful things from Smashing Magazine team and dear contributing designers.

    The Twelfth Night I just loved, simple and beautiful.
    Thank you Kevin Mornie, thank you all.

    XoXo.

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    “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right”

    all wallpapers are really good but our personal favourite is “The Twelfth Night”, “The Winter Walk” and of course our submission also “New Year With Nature” ;)

    Thanks and Happy New Year to all. ❄ ☃

    Zanetine Web Design

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    thank you, happy new years!

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    i am proud of my past moments many good moments were present in 2013 thanks 2013 i say happy new year to all friends

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    Fresh HOPES, Fresh PLANS, Fresh EFFORTS, Fresh FEELINGS, Fresh COMMITMENT. Welcome 2014 with a fresh ATTITUDE.
    Happy New Year frndsss,,,@-}–

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    Happy New Year!! Thank you for all the wonderful wallpapers/Calendars and great information! All the best to you and all your readers for 2014!!

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  7. 8

    Great stuff.

    Can someone is able to tell me the font of the first wallpaper “smashing” ?

    Thx and happy new year to everyone !

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    Hello Matej from Slovakia, I like your picture :-), there is a lot of snow, which we miss this year in Slovakia. I wish you happy new year!

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    Happy New Year to everybody … my favorite is the Warli Art.

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    happy new year! as ususal, i enjoy all the wallpapers! thank all the artists for their creative works!

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    Venkatesh Bashetty

    January 1, 2014 4:54 pm

    Cool Wallpapers :)

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    My favourite: Be Awesome Today.

    …and to Smashing Magazine, thank you for years of being awesome.
    Wishing you all the very best for 2014 :-)

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    I really wanted to use Month of the Wolf, but the larger resolutions have the calendar in a line rather than in the block format shown in the preview. :(

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    I love your calendars – have been using them as my background for nearly 3 years now
    however I do not like the fact that they are not all compatible with my resolution (1440 x 900) so sometimes I do not get to use my favorite:(

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    I visit Smashing wallpaper every months and share them with my friends for years. It’s really beautiful contributions. Happy New Year to All.

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    Wishing you all the very best for 2014 :-)

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    Cool Wallpapers, Wishing you all the very best for 2014

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    Happy smashing new year! Keep up the great work!

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    Kelvin Castelino

    January 2, 2014 9:58 am

    Quite a few wallpapers by Indian Designers! Wow :) Way to go :)

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    Have a great productive year ahead Smashing magazine!

    I’ve set my wallpaper to remind myself of this great site everyday

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    I liked “AFTER THE HOLIDAYS” because it feels relaxing! I download these all the time and use them in my computer lab at school. Love them!
    Thanks for offering this for free.

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    **The calendar is WRONG for “after the holidays” ! the days of the week have SU before SA … crud, and it was the one I wanted to use!

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    These look great! Which typography is used in ‘Smashing New Year’?

    This font looks really cool used here.

    Thanks!

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    way to go Paarva Creations! :)

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    way to go Paarva Creations! :)

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    pretty good! :D

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    Happy New Year, everyone!
    I like “new year it is!”, because it’s purple. I also like clifford almeida’s work, and also downloaded “warming up” by sofie and “smashing new year” by bryan.

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    Thanks a lot :)

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    I really like the “Abstract Winter” and I´m using it on my facebook cover. Congratulations, Terese Brännström. I wanted to congratulate you via twitter but I couldn´t found you. (hope you read this comment) Greetings from Mexico

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    Thanks for the amazing wallpapers,wish all of you a wonderful 2014!

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    Happy new year to all of you!
    Glad that this is an ongoing project. I’m looking forward every month to a new wallpaper. This month I’m a bit sad, because I loved the december one so much. My favourites are Smashing New Year and Be Awesome Today.

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    Great selection again this month. So many talented people around the world!

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    Wow, seems like Belgium has a lot of designers.

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    Wishing you all the very best for 2014

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  35. 41

    Abstract Winter is my favorite~
    actually most of them are interesting~thanks to all~happy new year~

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  36. 42

    I NEED HELP:

    Does anybody know what the typeface is called on the first calendar: ‘Christmas’

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    Umair Hafeez Mughal

    January 7, 2014 9:16 am

    Awesome awesome awesome … everything is just awesome here :D

    Thanks everyone for sharing such brilliant ideas :-)

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    Great collection for the month of January! Kudos to all authors.
    My pick of this set is “Cool Winter”.

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    Using A Winter Walk on my laptop and Sledding Snowman on my smartphone. Great quality and variety this month. Thanks and Happy New Year!

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    Just noticed that “Hey happy new Year” by Zanetine Web Design. Is a rip off of work by
    Nick Slater…

    http://dribbble.com/shots/370079-Hey-Happy-New-Year-to-everyone

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      Iris Lj. (@smash_it_on)

      January 9, 2014 10:15 am

      Hi Andrew,

      Thank you very much for the pointer! We’ve informed Zanetine Web Design of this issue and have removed the wallpaper from this month’s round-up.

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  41. 48

    Really good start this year with these amazing wallpapers. Nice work everyone!

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    Loll so funny the «Remember we’re in 2014 now». Just this morning I wrote 2013 as the date.

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    Happy new year to all of us! All the wallparers are super! I like most the “Rocky Mountain Winter”, – it’s really winter theme and I also like the “Have a Smasing New Year 2014″!!! Best wishes for 2014! Agapi from Greece

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    the wallpapers are amazing but you should take in consideration people who live in other countries, here we are in summer! :)

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