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The Smashing Coffee Mug Photo Contest: Best Entries!

Three weeks ago, we launched a photo contest in which everyone could submit a photo of their favorite coffee mug. For those who have participated, thank you for taking shots of your beloved mugs and sending them to us. We received around 470 mugs from all over the world and only a couple of them could make it onto the poster we've created exclusively for our dear fans.

As promised, the most 20 creative and original submissions will be awarded with a printed poster. The ones who have been selected will be contacted via email very soon — if not already! If you've followed our submission guidelines, your coffee mug picture has surely made it to our jury. And if you find your coffee mug among the 150 mugs on the poster, you'll see that your name has been included among the names of all the contributors that made this poster possible. Of course, the owner of each photo owns all the copyrights.

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Freebie: Organic Vector Elements in EPS (80 Vector Files)

Today we are delighted to release another freebie for our design community. This set contains over 80 original high quality vector files designed by the team at Vecteezy. These masterfully created, hand drawn organic elements are saved as Illustrator 10 EPS files and are perfect to add a touch of nature to any design project. The set includes items like swirly vines and weeds, Hawaiian flowers, Japanese cherry blossoms, butterflies, and much more!

The elements contained in this collection are free for personal and commercial use. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word or give it a tweet or share it on facebook! You may modify the file as you wish but please do not redistribute them elsewhere with out written permission from the designers.

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Free E-Commerce WordPress Theme: Balita

In this post we release yet another freebie: the Balita WordPress theme, a theme dedicated to shops that sell products for children. The theme was designed by Tokokoo and released exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers. As usual, the theme is absolutely free to use for both private and commerical projects.

Not many theme providers have produced e-commerce themes for baby and toddler products. For you who have been working in this particular market niche for some time or are about to start, this Balita e-commerce theme is a great opportunity for you. Using such bright and cheerful pantone colors that suit this clothes department (baby/toddler products), this Balita e-commerce theme will surely attract more and more customers to your online store.

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Freebie: Twitter GUI PSD

Updating your Twitter profile can give you really unnecessary headaches. In today's post, we proudly present to you a Twitter UI GUI template, designed by Shelby White which has exclusively been released for Smashing Magazine and its readers. As usual, the theme is absolutely free to use in private and commerical projects.

The template is released as freeware. You can use it for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word. You may modify the template as you wish.

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The Smashing Coffee Mug Photo Contest: Join In!

Here's a task for you! Have a look at your desk, take a shot of your beloved coffee mug, send us the photo, and see if you're added to the huge poster that we'll be creating from the best images that we get from all over the world. We'll prepare an exclusive version in PDF and print a limited-edition poster (20 copies).

If your photo is chosen, your name will be printed on the poster, too. In addition, selected photos will be published in an upcoming Smashing Magazine post. Those with the most creative and original submissions will be awarded with one of the exclusive printed wall posters. We won't be selling it, of course — but you already knew that.

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Free Halloween Icon Set (22 PNG Icons, 32×32px – 512×512px)

This special Halloween icon set was inspired by classic cartoons. Spice up your website or application with a spooky Halloween atmosphere. The set was designed by the creative folks behind IconCreme for you to use on your website at Halloween time. The selection of Halloween icons will help your clients and their users get into the mood for the coming Halloween holiday. The set contains 22 unique Halloween icons in transparent PNG format, in sizes of 32×32, 48×48, 64×64, 128×128 and 512×512 pixels.

Give your work a spine-tingling touch of the Halloween spirit by adding a mummy, ghost or vampire. After all, creepy is the new quirky, at least around Halloween time. The icons included in the set are ready to use on websites and in Web or mobile applications. They come in five sizes: from 32×32, 48×48, 64×64, 128×128 up to 512×512 pixels. All icons are available as transparent PNGs, ready for use. Read more...

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: October 2011

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

Smashing Wallpaper - October 2011

We continue to nourish you with a monthly spoon of inspiration. This post features 28 free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for October 2011. 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?
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