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The wallpapers calendar series will not be discontinued. Next month is the last month in our desktop wallpaper calendar series. In February, you’ll have one last chance to showcase your work by designing a desktop wallpaper calendar for Smashing Magazine. But don’t worry, we have a number of new contests coming up, so it will be worth staying in touch!
Wallpapers can serve as an excellent source of inspiration. However, if you use one wallpaper for a long time, it becomes harder to draw inspiration from it. That’s why we decided to supply you with smashing wallpapers to cover 12 months. And to make them a little more distinctive than the usual fare, we decided to embed calendars for each month. If you need to look up a date, isn’t it better to show off nice wallpaper with a nice calendar, instead of launching your default time application?
This post features 70 (!) free desktop wallpapers for February 2009, created by designers across the globe. Every wallpaper can be downloaded for free and comes in two versions: one with a calendar and one without.
All images are linked to a preview of the wallpaper.
You can feature your work in our magazine1 by taking part in our desktop wallpaper calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to feature on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?
This month, we’ve been literally smashed by the explosion of your desktop wallpaper calendars. So look out, February 2009, we’re coming!
“Here is my moon schedule calendar for February 2009. A moon phase for every day, because since ancient times people have always known about the moon cycle and how it affects human behavior. When the moon is full or new, people can be extremely sensitive and show some big changes in their mood and behavior. That is why I wanted to create something fun and useful at the same time. I called it “Moon Dreams.'” Designed by Yana Foltice2.
“Colors, elements and textures. Happy and cool. Bold and delicate. Sometimes, they’re all you need to change your mood. Besides, spring is just a few days away. Enjoy!” Designed by Maya Lavda8 from Ideaspot, Greece.
“The motivation for this is the moment one realizes that love’s prison has no other escape than pain. Does that sound like I think love stinks? Good… it does.” Designed by Don Giannatti16 of Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
“Rather than taking the clichéd route of a Valentine’s Day theme, I went with something a bit more different. My original intent was to show something unique but bring in some colors that reflected the romantic essence of February. Kudos to artists like Chuck Anderson and Pete Harrison for the continued inspiration.” Designed by Umer Tahir of Calgary, Canada.
“My entry is a photograph of the River Adur, near my home, and was taken just after dawn in the middle of winter. I love the blue and orange contrasting colors, and having it on my desktop in the warm reminds me to acclimatize my cameras to the cold before I venture outside.” Designed by Irving Bartlett21 of United Kingdom.
“February is hearts month, and in celebrating upcoming Valentine’s Day, I came up with a theme with my own Mascot telling someone that ‘I love you more than my laptop.’ Am I sweet? :)” Designed by Ronald Bien Punla24 of Philippines.
“These ‘Other Lands’ are those inside us, the ones we dwell in — or promise ourselves to reach someday — believing that we know and rule them, despite their inhospitable conditions and unpredictable climate.” Designed by Laura Racero of Madrid, Spain.
“Last night, I was on my ‘night photography walk,’ and I saw this old VW Beetle and said to myself, ‘That car has not been driven for decades, but I’ll use my camera to drive it through cyberspace.'” Designed by Dejan Cirovic29 of Serbia.
“The work was inspired by the etymology of the word ‘February’ and old customs related to this month. ‘February’ comes from the Latin term februum, which means purification, and it is a feature of many religions.” Designed by Bojan Ilic of Serbia.
“A bit of Swiss-style graphic design here. Simple, clear and cold. This one is pretty pointless without all the numbers (2, 9), so the version without the calendar is not provided. Sorry for that.” Designed by Serhiy34 of Ukraine.
“On one of my trips back home to southern Germany I was out in the countryside on a beautiful sunny late winter day. The landscape was just magnificent, with the sparkling snow in the mid-day sun. I took the picture with my digital camera when the horse appeared because it really shows how small we are in proportion to these majestic mountains. From the picture, I created the artwork for the desktop. Hope you all enjoy! ” Designed by Brigitte DiBenedetto37 of USA and Germany.
“This is our proposal for the February desktop calendar. It is photography-based and features a superb red Alfa GTV on a beautiful sightseeing trip of Brasov, Romania. The motivation behind the design is in fact the birth of the Romanian Alfa Club Association, which was celebrated by a printed wall calendar featuring the most import cars from the community. Every month, we decided to also do a digital version of the calendar.” Designed by Stroe Alexandru and Marius Dumitru40 from Romania.
“Where I live, February marks the month that the gloom of winter begins to dissipate, and the tiny buds of spring begin to peek out here and there. So… this is February, as I see it. ” Designed by Shannah Smith of Georgia, USA.
“I’m a designer from Perú (in South America). As you know, here in the southern hemisphere, it’s summer. We also have here in Perú the the best waves and beaches to surf and our own Surf World Champion: Sofia Mulanovich. So, I take that for inspiration. I think your southern-hemisphere readers will feel at home with my summer wallpaper calendar.” Designed by Heldrik Lynch54 of Perú.
“I often look at Creative Commons images on Flickr for inspiration. These two (tormentas de verano60 and a woman, a boy, and a toy monkey61) were two I was playing with and suddenly thought of combining. I always like adding a little color to black amp, white or sepia, and I also try to find interesting color combinations. ” Designed by Seth Nickeson of the USA.
“”Valentine’s Day, or Saint Valentine’s Day, is a holiday celebrated on February 14. When I think of February, love, hearts and images of happiness come to my mind. This happiness is the one I wanted to express in the calendar.” Designed by PhotoshopTutorials64 of the USA.
“This wallpaper features one of my photos, inspired by the Valentine’s Day. I took the photo to show that love is everywhere; sometimes it hides, but it always surrounds you.” Designed by Travis Person of the USA.
“This abstract piece of art was created using a single shape, a triangle. If you look close enough, you’ll notice that everything is made up of the same triangle, though in different sizes and orientations (this is called fractal art). The main motivation was to see that how a single simple shape like a triangle can almost magically generate beautiful-looking compositions.” Designed by Aakash Goel78 of India.
“I enjoyed your article celebrating vintage and retro design84, especially Andy Gilmore’s. Inspired by that, I created a wallpaper similar in vein but with my own spin, keeping in mind its purpose for desktop use. It even highlights everyone’s favorite holiday: Singles’ Awareness Day. ” Designed by William Law85 of United Kingdom.
“When people think February, a lot will think of love. I wanted to do something that would go along with that idea, and that is where I got the heart idea. I also like to work with a lot of bright colors, so I decided to use watercolor brushes and blend as many bright colors together as I could. I also highlighted the 14th in red to represent one of the most popular days in February.” Designed by Anthony Nguyen of Pennsylvania, USA.
“February is the shortest month of the year, so why not line ’em up and show that, using colors to represent the months and some simple typography to get the whole point across. Look out for the 14th, folks.” Designed by Liam J Moore93.
“This is a simple wallpaper, with humor. The inspiration behind the design is from the group on Facebook (which everybody should be a member of): ‘You know you’re a graphic designer when…'” Designed by Håvard Bergersen96 of Norway.
“This is a huge heart pattern with a groovy retro calendar to complement the round design elements. Patterns just look so good when they’re broken and destroyed.” Designed by Jonathan Haggard99 of the USA.
“This is basically an abstract kind of wallpaper, which includes the essence of love we feel in the month of Valentine. Kind of a different approach for the Valentine’s theme, with the combination of different colors and abstract art.” Designed by Shashank Goswami of India.
“‘Face Your Fading World’ features the world falling apart and floating away, back to where it came from, outer space! The illustration was created from photos that were heavily manipulated in various ways. Let us all take an extra lover on Valentine’s Day (and beyond): our planet :)” Designed by Sietse Visser104 of The Netherlands.
“Here is my contribution to the wallpaper/calendar collection. I got inspired by a piece of work of Alexander Kaiser. I thougt it was really funny, so I followed his idea, and, well, this is what came out. I’m planning to do a whole series of these wallpapers, so expect more in future. The wallpaper itself is quite simple. For those of you who don’t know what the red thingy is, go to Amazon (or any other store) and purchase the DVD of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.” Designed by Tim Jäger107 of Munich, Germany.
“The design is inspired by the lunar cycle and the fact that February is the only month that can pass without a full moon. This year, however, we do have one, and it appears on February 9th, which I have indicated in the design. Keep a look-out.” Designed by Mark Kirwan of England.
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