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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: January 2009


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 40 free desktop wallpapers, created by designers across the globe. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded 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 which wallpapers have we received for January 2009?

In With The New Link

"I know that you require entrants to send in their work at least 2 days early and I admit that this is pushing it. I know that you’ll do your best as this took a fair bit of time hence the late entry.

This entry basically reflects releasing the old and embracing the new. The whole concept is revolving around something big and embracing it as well as accepting it with style." Designed by Umer Tahir from Calgary, Canada.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Think New Link

"January brings a new year, a new U.S. president and a new beginning. Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009" Designed by Mediumjones from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Ethnic Link

"Ethnic Colors of India. I thought of making a wallpaper with traditional touch and here it is. Wish u all a Better ’09, Happy New Year!" Designed by Laxman Koushik from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

December is dead Link

"Everyone who watched the first 1989 Batman movie, probably remembers the quote of the birth of Joker – “Jack? Jack is dead my friend. You can call me… Joker.”, so here it is, with just a bit of a 2008 Dark Knight’s flavor sprinkled over the no-calendar version." Designed by Mariusz Ciesla from Poland.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Readers Link

"There are cartoon girl and a spider, which are reading wonderful letter." Designed by Valeria Kuzminskaya from Ukraine.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Odd World Link

"The objects in this wallpaper are separately rendered in 3d Max and Zbrush then finalized in photoshop software. The motivation behind this wallpaper was to portray an odd ,colorful and seductive world that you would like to watch it but never wish to be there.I hope you will like it." Designed by Kasra Safavinia.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Digital art Link

"Everyday Coffee, some how i use abstract, i not used days on top just for indication i used coffee mug for sunday. we have off on sunday." Designed by Girish Chaudhary from Pune, India.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

When Dreams Find Inspiration Link

"Our aim with this design? To capture the wonder and amazement that children experience every day of their young lives." Designed by David Pritchett “The Random Group” from Toronto, Canada.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Trees Link

"This picture was taken at the cost of the East See in North Germany, late December 2008. These old trees catched my attention. Looking upward, their branches merged in front of the grey blue sky. They seemed to wait for the New Year to come and for the next spring to continue where they stopped last autumn." Designed by Hans-Georg Krejci .

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Happy New Year Link

"The image that appears was done by us in a session of photos of Christmas in order to congratulate the year. We think that the new year is going to be very good and for this reason we want that it is a good year for everybody." Designed by Eva Casado Elegido from Spain.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Photography Alaska Link

"At a time of year when most people are jovial I chose to embrace the potential darker side of the season. The theme of this wallpaper and photo is loneliness. Having spent time in Alaska during the winter the concept of loneliness and the realities of Alaska go hand in hand thus the name.

Ultimately I wanted to toy with light. In the end the photo was too full of emptiness not to do something with it." Designed by Bryce from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Illustration Year of the Cow Link

"How fast a new year comes in. The Chinese Zodiac animal of 2009 is busy celebrating the new year in winter wonderland style." Designed by Jolene Judziewicz from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Typography Lustrous New Year Link

"My idea behind this wallpaper is that the new year brings in a clean slate for everyone! As midnight hits, we all enter January with new goals, dreams, and high hopes for a blessed year! Everything from the previous year can slowly be forgotten as we forge a new year in our life! This wallpaper was also designed with the focal point of the desktop in mind. Both PC and Mac users align their icons on the left or right side. Having the text and calendar in the middle would have it stay away from all the clutter of a desktop!" Designed by Anthony Nguyen from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Two Zero Zero Nine Link

"January 2009, the start of another new year. Time is travelling faster than ever, demonstrated by a simple figure of 2009 written in clouds." Designed by Milan from UK.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

ART-The effort Link

"This is the calendar design I created fot January 2009. " Designed by Murat SIR from Turkey.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Winter – Ice? Link

"The result of an hour long staring at a frozen window." Designed by Makhsut Kutlukov.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

My Fragile world Link

Designed by Maryam Kazerooni from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Blaze of Light Link

Designed by Oliver Twardowski from Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Typography, Bauhaus Experiment Link

"I’m a big fan of ITC Bauhaus and I wanted to try and take thistypeface away from its usual connotations. I also wanted to create something simple without too many distracting elements as the typeface was the driving element of the whole composition. " Designed by Mitternacht from Belgium.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Woodland Foxes Link

"I wanted to contrast the earthiness of wood with artifical colors and unexpected images. The non-calendar version contains a quote from The Little Prince instead of the calendar." Designed by Seth Nickeson from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Happy New Year Link

"The New Year always brings time into perspective." Designed by Joshua Friend.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

144 Celebrating Creativity Link

"This wallpaper is inspired by the diversity and vibrant culture of the university where 25,000 students from 144 countries pursuing their dreams in different creative industries." Designed by Limkokwing University of Creative Technology from Malaysia.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Electric Link

Designed by Kaat Rutten from Belgium.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Grunge Link

"For this wallpaper I wanted to create something that was a combination of a real grungey background with some vectors and photographs seamlessly worked into the design whilst keeping with a chilling blue theme for winter and a bit of flare running across the middle of the image." Designed by John O’Nolan from UK.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Symphony Link

"When I heard via the SM Twitter that only nine wallpapers had been submitted, I felt compelled to make something! Here is a very simple wallpaper with 3 cubes of pretty color, with some delicious floral vectors added in for good measure. It’s very minimalistic, I’ll admit! ;)" Designed by Eli Burford .

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

When year is about to begin Link

"As I live in the northern hemisphere, January will be for me always connected with winter and snow. Snow covered cars, trees and houses, lot of opportunities to ski or snowboard… Therefore I used snow as one of the main themes for my wallpaper. January also means a start of new year. Celebrations of the New Year is always full of fireworks, so I used fireworks in my wallpaper. Maybe you’d ask if we don’t celebrate on 31st of December, on New Years Eve, but it is not absolutely correct. Almost everybody fires their fireworks just after midnight, on 1st of January." Designed by Matus Luptak from Bratislava, Slovakia.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Retro angels Link

"I love your site and i’d like to send you my desktop wallpapers. I love everything about retro." Designed by Irina Shakina from Russia.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Magic christmas tree Link

"In this wallpaper i wanted to play around with Christmas tree and 3D letters. January is the month when a new year starts. Motivation: this should be a good start!" Designed by Mike Shakin from Siberia, Russia.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Blue Wintersky Link

"A nice winterlandcape in the North of the Netherlands. Photo taken on first christmasday, 25 december 2008." Designed by Edwin Duinkerken from The Netherlands.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Greenhouse Link

"Winter Greenhouse/French Café – January is always the chilliest and bleakest month of the year. I find myself daydreaming of the Saturdays I spent in Paris finding refuge from the cold in small hip cafés snooping over the shoulders of sketching artists and eavesdropping on chatty aupairs engulfed in espresso machine steam and ever growing jungle like vines." Designed by Tom Pepe from Philadelphia, USA .

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

2008 gone Link

"2008 JUST GONE. That’s it.:)" Designed by Jana Jelovac from Belgrade, Serbia.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

New Year Link

"New year new resolution, I would like to start with a desktop wallpaper design:-)" Designed by Eloise Ha from Malaysia.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Global Village Link

"The January sheet of the wallpaper is based on the theme ‘Global Village.’ The main illustration is done by Shlomit Wolf. It shows a peaceful coexistance of flora, fauna and technology on this planet Earth. Technology has made all of us closer. The tagline ‘start something good’ reminds us about new year resolutions and the importance of being a good, wiser person.

All of us use computers for personal and professional work. My desktop is always messy and I never tamper with the position of taskbar. All the icons or files tend to be on the left side of the screen. So, the calendar wallpaper should not have any numerals on that ?forbidden? area. Also, there should be ample space at the bottom to accommodate the taskbar. A graphic can cover the rest of the space with a nice tagline.

The sheet has both the current month?s calendar and the coming month’s calendar. The font used is Century Gothic. For easy ?deciphering,? Saturdays and Sundays are given in a contrasting colour than the weekdays. The coming month?s calendar is justified by the fact that people always plan things in advance. These plans can spill over to a date in the next month. So, no need for turning pages in and out while planning a project or a holiday break." Designed by Anas K A from Bangalore, India.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Winter Night Link

"It’s winter time and I have designed my first submission for the month January. I thought this wallpaper works perfectly because it’s the darkest time of the year but it’s still one of the most contemplative.

Well that was my inspiration for this silence, illustrative artwork. I hope it will be on the next Desktop Wallpaper submission." Designed by Christian Rumpf from Austria.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Freddygirl Link

"I thought it would be fun to play with the grays of January. The month is pretty blah, at least in my part of the world. Luckily, a day of sunshine always seems to come along just when your spirits need lifting. Best wishes to all for a joyful 2009." Designed by Michelle Cormack.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Frosted January Link

Designed by Nikola Lazarevic from Nis, Serbia.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Classic Car Link

"This design came about through some experimental photography with a holga camera. I used black and white 120 film and photoshopped in some additional vintage effects. I thought it was an appropriate theme because with holga cameras, you never know what your pictures may turn out like – double exposures, light leaks etc. Likewise, here in St. Louis, Missouri you never know what the weather might have in store from one day to the next during winter months." Designed by Michelle Milla from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Doodled Link

"Something fun to start the year for my first submission." Designed by Laura Moloney from Ireland.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Birth of Stars Link

"Since it’s the beginning of a new year, and the launch of our new website, we hope that one day we could be counted among the stars born this month, hence the theme “Birth of Stars”." Designed by team from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Woodland Deer Link

“After doing the foxes version, I just wanted to do more, so I did a slightly different version with a deer. The non-calendar version contains a quote from e.e. cummings instead of the calendar”. Designed by Seth Nickeson from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

Reading on the bus Link

"I like the way people spend time while commuting, specially when somebody is too concentrated to realize that he/she is my model. Although sometimes it’s not easy, because the bus/subway is packed, I love drawing on wheels." Designed by Patricia Montero de Cabana.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 09

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. Join in next month! And smashing January and a smashing new year, folks!

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  1. 1

    another great list.
    first (FUZZ)

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  3. 3

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    December 30, 2008 2:55 pm

    All “first”, “second” etc. comments will be removed from now on. Please don’t post such comments.

  4. 4

    The first wallpaper’s awesome! Great job

  5. 5

    these are VERY poor

  6. 6

    of course the first one!

  7. 7

    Another lovely collection, thanks to all contributors. I’m missing Vlad Gerasimov but Valeria Kuzminskaya’s girl &spider and Bryce’s leather armchair are already looking wonderful on my desktop :-)

  8. 8

    D’oh! My Fragile World starts on the wrong day. They’re all lovely, though.

  9. 9

    I don’t see why these gits don’t just post a real comment instead of “first!” then there’s no chance of them being removed.

    Anyway, thanks for including my wallpaper! :)

  10. 10

    Quality of the wallpapers is a bit mediocre compared to those of last month (many contain spelling errors, cerebrating?!). Guess most people are busy celebrating the holidays!

    Some nice contributions though! Thank you, as in every month, for a new wallpaper.

  11. 11

    I like the second wallpaper! think new! Great work!

  12. 12

    Well I feel some addiction for smashing magazine for some time.
    And I admire your hard working to get so many great articles and stuff.
    Thank you for effort.

    This list of wallpapers is not so great I must admit, of course this is just my opinion, but there is so many remarkable wallpapers in the past year, so no one can complain…
    I wish you all in SM Happy New Year and good luck in the next 2009.

  13. 13

    Awsome, thanks so much for including mine :)

  14. 14

    Thanks for including my work ‘Global Village.’ I received help from 15 talented people across the world to design the whole 2009 Calendar. Thank you all and may you have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

  15. 15

    great wallpapers … nice idea to post these at the beginning of every month!! :)

    i took the blue winter sky calendar. looks great on my computer!

  16. 16

    total CRAP.

  17. 17

    Love your work, thanks for a great year.

  18. 18

    wow .. some of these are really awesome .. i want to post for next month .. is it possible .. ?

  19. 19

    december is dead. you can call me january.
    *0* lol

  20. 20

    I love these monthly calendars! Inspiring and a great way to liven up my desktop.

  21. 21

    so sample..

  22. 22

    these are pretty horrible. could not find any i would like to put as my wallpaper… pretty sad

  23. 23

    Thanks! I’ve been looking forward to the new wallpapers for the past week :) What a bunch of talent on this site!

  24. 24

    Wow Great Graphpic for A New Year Celendar Year 2009.

  25. 25

    a few are ok, but most are poor choices.

    maybe you didnt have many submissions this month?

    come on guys don’t let your standards slip

  26. 26

    None of the designers seem to have a macbook pro 1440×900 except the last one.

  27. 27

    podarok -

    December 31, 2008 12:22 am

    where is VladStudio ?

  28. 28

    I think most of them are great.Thankx

  29. 29

    144 Celebrating Creativity is nice for me. Thanks and SeeYa!

  30. 30

    Nice Wallpapers. Thanks to all designers for their work… And happy New year to you all !!

    DKumar M.


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