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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: November 2008

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Desktop wallpapers can serve as an excellent source of inspiration. However, if you use some specific wallpaper for a long period of time, it becomes harder to draw inspiration out of it. That’s why we have decided to supply you with smashing wallpapers over 12 months.

And to make them a little bit more distinctive from the usual crowd, we’ve decided to embed calendars for the upcoming month. So if you need to look up some date, isn’t it better to show off a nice wallpaper with a nice calendar instead of launching some default time application?

This post features 50 free desktop wallpapers, created by designers across the globe and sent to us by the designers themselves. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded and used for free.

Please notice:

  • all images can be clicked 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?

So what wallpapers have we received for November?

The Pianist Link

Available in 12 desktop resolutions — both widescreen and fullscreen. Designed by Vlad Gerasimov from Irkutsk, Russia.

Smashing Wallpaper - October 2008

Cheshire Cat Link

“I adore watch Disney cartoons and I have inspiration in bright funny colors. I was born in October. Autumn colors of nature and my birthday inspired me for drawing some nice pictures. I hope to draw many illustrations in future, let attend to my site and enjoy my drawing.” Designed by Xena from Ukraine.

Smashing Wallpaper - November 2008

November Ice Queen Link

Designed by Stefan Bialoszewski from UK.

Smashing Wallpaper - November 2008

Indigena Link

“Well about the wallpaper, I must said that this year, i went to patagonia, eventhough my country has a lot of indians, i never observed to their native art. Because of my trip i started looking to new things and ancient art seem to motivate my work for the last year. that’s why i wanted to do somethign related to it. This work is inspired by the Diaguitas Art, who use to live in the north.” Designed by Alberto Marcías from Santiago, Chile.

Smashing Wallpaper - November 2008

Vibrant Blue Link

“I took this picture to complete a set of primary colour pictures. I already had the red and yellow just needed the blue and this is what I found while walking my dog.” Designed by Curtis McHale from Canada.

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Photography Link

“This wallpaper shows my plans for November…” Designed by Eric Petersen from New York, USA.

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Circular Link

“I got inspired by the package design of the Adobe CS4. I love the vibrant colours in mosaic on a dark background and believe that it makes for a good wallpaper. I just played around with shapes until I was happy. It reminds me of the signal screen on old televisons. It’s been done entirely in Photoshop using nothing but filters and gradients.” Designed by Franz Jeitz from Luxembourg.

Smashing Wallpaper - November 2008

Art Tree Link

Designed by Girish Chaudhary from India.

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Red Scales Link

“In this wallpaper I wanted to experience a creative combination between a modern element and some oldstyle elements, playing with black and red color.” Designed by Michele Virgilio from Italy.

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French Autumn Link

“This wallpaper is rather simple, with colors which remind me autumn… No complication with the name, I had no idea for it, and I’m French so… French Autumn!” Designed by Celine Satheen from France.

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L’Astrolabe Research Link

“The theme of this wallpaper is a photograph of the research vessel L’Astrolabe which docks at the Salamanca Wharf area in Hobart, Tasmania between visits to the Antarctic and Great Southern Ocean. I particularly like the strong colour and the masculine industrial feel of the photograph. There are also feminine elements in the reflections off the harbour water which add interest. L’Astrolabe spends its time gathering information about global warming and ocean species.” Created by Steven Clark from Hobart, Tasmania.

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Black Dodge Link

“The Black Dodge in this photograph is parked every day outside the Tasmanian School of Art in Hunter Street, Hobart. As you can see it’s style, elegance and romance is in stark contrast to the surrounding cars. It’s always polished, always tempting to take for a harmless drive and triggers a combination of nostalgia for those sexy cars of Cuba with a large tot of industrial design.” Created by Steven Clark from Hobart, Tasmania.

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Mice and his shoes Link

“The work was inspired by the upcoming winter at the dirty streets of Belgrade, Serbia, “grunge” town which I come from. Our snow always appears gray. :)” Designed by Jana Jelovac from Belgrade, Serbia (e-mail: cortexj at gmail dot com).

Smashing Wallpaper - November 2008

November Calendar Link

Designed by Patricia Villanueva.

Smashing Wallpaper - November 2008

Yesterday’s Equinox Link

“November, autumn is in full swing and the vivid colours of the forests are kept shining by the uninterrupted flow of pigments pouring from the sky when everyone is asleep, reviving in every soul the nostalgia that yesterday’s equinox has left behind.” Designed by Valentin Triponez aka Tanoshism from Japan.

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Cold Approaching Link

“November is the month when it really starts to get cold and snow is right around the corner. Motivation: I love this weather!” Designed by Tim Newton from USA.

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Fascination Link

“The calendar’s motivation was Alphabeat’s hit song: FASCINATION. I just adore that song and it deserved a wallpaper. Then my friends adored it and suggested me submitting it to your calendars’ contest; I hope you enjoy it as much as I did designing it.” Created by Daniel Vazquez from Madrid, Spain.

Smashing Wallpaper - November 2008

Baby Chick Link

“When i decided to design a wallpaper for smashing magazine, i thought, it must be colorful, different and it should tells something about my sytle. So i started to draw then i made this.” Created by Sinem Senol from Turkey.

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Candies Link

“Little girl loves candies. The weather in November is dull, and it’s a great pleasure to see something pretty at the desktop.” Created by Valeria Kuzminskaya from Ukraine.

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Crazy Autumn Day Link

“Done in Photoshop Cs3, the concept is one warm and cold image in turn, people believe that digital art can not have feelings, and I believe that art is not on the stand if not on what the artist wants to convey to others.” Designed by Vladimir Bauer from Serbia.

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Road To November Link

“I got the idea from a tutorial i did a few month ago. and thought it might work nice as a desktop so i decided to go ahead and play around wiith it.” Designed by Simon | Project5 from South Africa.

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Flowers For November Link

“I was playing around with some ideas for a desktop for my personal laptop to use as branding for myself.” Designed by Simon | Project5 from South Africa.

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Creative Design Link

Designed by Rafal Tomal from Poland.

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Smoke in Purple Link

Designed by Xena from Ukraine.

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Cube Link

“I’m a technical illustrator and I basically came up with this from looking at isometric illustrations all day.” Designed by Kristopher Kouba.

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The Vigil Link

“While we witness the beautiful transition of seasons in the month of September, all November seems to display is a silent wait for the upcoming snow. As December approaches, nature’s vigil begins.” Designed by Alex Beltechi from Romania.

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Wisdom comes with Winter Link

“November – the start of winter in the Northern hemisphere. Maybe not the most welcoming month. Here I used the quote I remember: “Wisdom comes with winter.” by Irish playwright, Oscar Wilde, arranged with a simple typography. Hoping to make the month pleasanter! Please enjoy.” Designed by Athena Emily from UK.

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Art Autumn Link

“This is 100% fun, freestyle, love, happy times and the future! We were all young, and this is how I saw / see the world as child/now student.” Designed by Bram Vanhaeren from Belgium.

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Loco Slickers – Dark & Smokie Link

Designed by Daniel Nägeli from Switzerland.

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Get Ready Link

“I live in the coldest city with a population over 100,000 (Winnipeg, Canada) and I think that people are grumpy that it’s getting colder. This wallpaper is a reminder that winter is (sometimes) clean, beautiful, refreshing, and maybe not so bad!” Designed by Eli Penner from Canada.

Smashing Wallpaper - November 2008

Seasonal Desktop Link

“Foggy countryside, leaves, wood. My autumnal desktop! My motivation was to create something simple but representative.” Designed by Ecmedia di Cucco Elisa from Italy.

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Fly Away Link

“I created this wallpaper with the feeling of freedom and liberation in mind.” Designed by Irene Demetri from Greece.

Smashing Wallpaper - November 2008

West Lives On Link

“I captured the photo that forms the basis of this work at a ranch in Nebraska where my wife works. I feel this work embodies the romance surrounding the power and beauty of the horse and titled it “The West Lives On” in the spirit of adventure and hard work.” Designed by Jonathan Sharp from Nebraska, USA.

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Beauty With Cigarette Link

“Sometimes beauty can be fleeting like smoke or butterflies.” Designed by Anna Skibinska from Poland (e-mail: onyxen at o2 dot pl).

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Turkey Link

Designed by Karina (Pixel Pixie).

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Thanks Gratitude Wonder Link

“Thanks Gratitude Wonder is inspired by Thanksgiving. I thought this quote was really in keeping with the season, and the fall palette and ghostly trees said November in New England to me.” Designed by Leslie Tane Design from the USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - November 2008

To Dream Of Autumn Link

“Inspired by autumn, the colors of nature changing, the sound of leaves crunching as you walk down the street, the whistling wind and an evening cuddled up in a warm quilt.” Designed by Liz Andrade, CMD+Shift Design.

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Unforgettable Autumn Link

“November is gray and dull, we feel down and forget lots of things. This calendar is vivid and colorful to break the dullness of the autumn and has a sticky note to make you remember.” Designed by Mariusz Ciesla from Poland.

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My Imagination Link

“My November design is inspired by the rainy, cloudy November we have here in the Pacific northwest. As November washes away the warmth of summer, the vibrancy of the season’s colours live on in my imagination. I find the words of the Walter de la Mare poem “November” really evoke the feelings November brings…”

There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o’er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

I had a lot of fun putting this wallpaper together. It’s all vector illustration in Illustrator. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.” Designed by Michelle Cormack from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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C’est une femme! Link

“It may sound silly, but, it was quite nice that a little girl recognized the woman I was drawing on the bus. Normally people don’t talk to me (and I appreciate that!), but this little lady made me feel really good.” Designed by Patricia Montero de Cabana.

Smashing Wallpaper - November 2008

Fallpaper Link

“Fall is my favorite time of year and I was having trouble finding a wallpaper that expressed this beautiful season to my satisfaction. To solve this I created a wallpaper of my own in Photoshop. I harvested resources from a number of sites including sxc.hu and bittbox.com to create my piece of art. I think that fall is different from autumn in that the leaves are actually “falling” from the tree. In my design I wanted to capture all the colors of this warm season.” Designed by Philip McDaniel from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - November 2008

Through The Window Link

“It’s going to be rainy cold and gray. I hope i’m going to be at home watching “through the window”. This is the result.” Created by Nikola Lazarevic from Serbia.

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Sweet November Link

“Inspired by the movie Sweet November.” Created by Vlad Georgescu from Romania.

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Oops Link

“My contribution to your monthly calendar series is based upon a picture I shot from a friends couple’s boy. In that photo he looks so mysterious, that it inspired me to a spooky November calendar collage. I’m a photographer, painter and web designer living with my wife and our four kids in Austria.” Created by Sascha David Rieger from Austria.

Smashing Wallpaper - November 2008

Miscellaneous Days Link

“The calendar is the design of the calendar. Fourth version of the miscellaneous days calendar – Loosely group your desktop items around the days you plan to be working on them.” Designed by Michael Schmidt from Vienna, Austria.

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XI Link

Designed by Adam Cavatis.

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iSphere Link

Designed by Chris De Schryver from Belgium.

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Marine Tech Link

Designed by Xena from Ukraine.

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Geometric tribute to Guy Link

“The design is loosely based around Guy Fawkes night (November 5th) and the many firework displays that are part and parcel of the evenings’ celebrations. I was interested by the inherent beauty of fireworks and the way in which they explode, hence the abstract, geometric style of the imagery. I opted for a warm colour palette to give the wallpaper a sense of cosiness, a feeling I recall from many ‘Bonfire nights’ of my youth.” Designed by Mark Kirwan from the art agency Persona, England.

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Join in next month! Link

Please notice that we respect the ideas and motivation behind artists’ work which is why we’ve given artists full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience through their works. And this is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but designed from scratch by the artists themselves.

Thanks to all designers for participation. Hopefully, in November we’ll receive as many entries as in October. Join in next month and smashing November, folks!

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  1. 1

    Nice one… I really like “The Vigil” – It’s soo nice…

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    Juan Manuel Lemus

    October 31, 2008 8:25 am

    Great, I love the Turkey-wallpaper and I will download so now…!

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  3. 3

    Some great wallpapers here as always!

    Now though, which one to download?????

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    GalaxySpectrum.com

    October 31, 2008 8:41 am

    Thanks for making our morning – these are great. Really added a smile to our faces

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  5. 5

    Love “Cold Approaching”

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  6. 6

    Wow, a couple in 1280×1024 at last. Rock on! ;)

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  7. 7

    nice wallpapers… i love it

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  8. 8

    the one created by Sascha David Rieger is from October.. in rest.. great wallpapers

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  9. 9

    Lovely stuff, I might have to enter one of these some time!

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  10. 10

    Nice wallpapers here, keep the good work Smashing! (=

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    I really think this time’s line-up wasn’t even close to October’s in terms of quality. I see two different colored versions of a rounded vector-ish tutorial result and a couple of other things that are just overdone and gone for good already.

    But I do appreciate the urge to contribute from the same.

    I really love C’est Une Femme, Creative Design and more though. Nice walls.

    I’m gonna get some in for December. About time.

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  12. 12

    holy cow!! best calendar gallery yet! I wish i had more computers :(

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  13. 13

    MISTAKE: “Baby Chick” has the wrong calendar month

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  14. 14

    Nice wallpapers. Thank you.

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    Klaas van Wachteren

    October 31, 2008 10:07 am

    Genius every month. I love it.

    Stay tuned . . .

    The Energy Efficiency Blog
    http://www.vinergy.org

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  16. 16

    thanks you, but whats about 1024*768 ?

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  17. 17

    love the French Autumn. thanks!

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  18. 18

    gracias por la coleccion! =D

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  19. 19

    I love the vibrant blue wallpaper. Great photo!

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    A couple of good entries, like “The Vigil” from Alex Beltechi (I’m biased, I know, I’m his brother) and “C’est une femme!” by Patricia Montero de Cabana, but the order is at least strange. Maybe the best entries should have been at the top.

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  21. 21

    Great job. Thank you very much for this wonderful designs.

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    BeantownDesign.com

    October 31, 2008 12:27 pm

    nice stuff, thanks again!

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  23. 23

    i love the “sweet november” one. Its simplicity does a great job with making it stand out in the crowd. :)

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  24. 24

    Just an idea, but why not add a poll to the monthly calendar posts?
    Love it, but liked the red scales, French autumn an the mice and boot ones the most.

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    I’v e made 1024 x 768 versions of L’Astrolabe and Black Dodge available on my website, if anyone is looking for that resolution. It’s still common to find.

    http://stevenclark.com.au/2008/11/01/black-dodge-and-lastrolabe-calendars/

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    Thank you for including my work!
    Other wallpapers are awesome too. well done to everyone :)

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  27. 27

    wow.. one of the best series i’ve seen here thus far.. well done! thanks for all the creative ideas!

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  28. 28

    Guys, your site is amazing, this post is beyond amazing. I wrote about it on my blog (it’s in Romanian only). You have just won yourselves a new reader :)

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  29. 29

    November wallpapers with spring mood!

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    podarok - _my.ukrweb.info

    October 31, 2008 2:24 pm

    thanks to Vlad Gerasimov. october + november my vote to him!

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