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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: August 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 50 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 what wallpapers have we received for August 2009?

Belka and Strelka Link

"Belka and Strelka spent a day in space on August 19, 1960 before safely returning to Earth. They were the first Earth-born creatures to go into orbit and return alive. Strelka went on to have six puppies. One of the pups was presented to President John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline by Nikita Khrushchev in 1961." Designed by Rumake Web Agency from Russia.

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Memories Link

Designed by Nikola Lazarevic from Serbia.

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A lazy August afternoon Link

"August is the time for relaxation." Designed by Monica Corduneanu from Romania.

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Horse Rider Link

Designed by Vlad Gerasimov from Russia.

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Do The Dance Link

"Just a tiny monster dance party!" Designed by Guilherme Simoes from Brazil.

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B-side Link

"Because the back side can be beautiful as well and because there is always more than one point of view. Enjoy!" Designed by Federica Sibella from Italy.

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Happy Friendship Month Link

"As we step into another new month, I realize that this one is of those special month. Life without friends is akin to boat without a sail in the middle of sea. This wallpaper is a dedication to all my friends who have given meaning to my life. Speaking about the wallpaper, it is rainy season in India and you could see fresh greenery all around. The presence of your friends along with so much of beauty of nature is always so much to enjoy. Those two kids have just started this life long journey called friendship.All hail Friends!" Designed by Puneeta Prakash from India.

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iLogiCow – absolute social Link

"The very first debut of a “new something” called iLogiCow. Some say it’s unbelievably creative persona. Some say it’s fresh looking symbol of trendy design ideas. Stay tuned folks." Designed by iLogiCow from Europe.

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Big Catch Link

"My “Big Catch” Wallpaper Illustration was inspired by a drawing I made alittle while ago during an amazing day at the beach.Too bad I did’t see the big catch coming ;-)" Designed by Manuel Esposito from Germany.

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Gezellig Link

"Gezellig – is a term that is said to encompass the heart of Dutch culture. One says it is untranslatable. Enjoy my attempt to translate ‘gezellig’…" Designed by PeHaa from Poland.

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Colombian Orchid Link

"The orchid is the colombian national flower. This photo was taken inside of “José Celestino Mútis” Botanical Garden in Bogotá." Designed by Carolina Obando (photographer) from Colombia.

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Rock the Web Link

"Just wanted to make something interesting and express my gratitude to my favorite site. I love you!" Designed by Alexey Chernishov from Ukraine.

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Summer Colours Link

"This is my first attempt at a calendar. The design of the fish was inspired by the Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha. I wanted to convey the feel of the month of August through colours. Enjoy!" Designed by Valerie Kozina from Canada.

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Wii Fit Girl Link

"Wallpaper featuring the original and lovely Wii Fit Girl, Lauren Bernat" Designed by Giovanny Gutierrez from US.

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Hadedah Ibis Link

"Hadedah Ibis are imbued with a sense of legend and history, in this wallpaper the history of flight, sound, art, murky legends and nostalgia are combined to create a moody, soulful wallpaper that will inspire and delight." Designed by Tamsyn Lancaster from South Africa.

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It is Better to Create Link

"This months wallpaper is based around a Julius Caesar quote.It has been designed with a blue colour pallette and orange accent colours.There is also a subtle grunge effect to give the wallpaper some texture." Designed by Paul Randall from England.

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Hamster Link

"Happy Hamster in Harvest time." Designed by Inna Dekhtiar from Ukraine.

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Sleeping Moon, Busy Planet Link

"The planets stay busy making jam, while the moon sleeps" Designed by Chris Alexander (Yipori) from England.

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Gladiolus Explosion (August Flower) Link

"Inspired from the August flower ‘Gladiolus’ the design explores the form of the flower, textures and typography, making the wallpaper a striking and elegant design." Designed by Kate Jones from UK, Brighton.

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Ride on the Green wave Link

"Going green has no seasons. It is an all-year commitment. While out enjoying the sun in the summer for the Northern Hemisphere, ride on the green wave and minimise our carbon footprints." Designed by Wong Kuo Tsung Jordan from Singapore.

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August Sentense Link

"Just motivating sentence for August :)" Designed by Temeshi from Poland.

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Lion Storm Link

"A shining lion with a grunge background." Designed by Booloo from France.

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I’m a Frog, you’re a Frog, Kiss Me! Link

"Made in Québec!" Designed by Mélanie Denis from Québec, Canada.

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Drawing Innocence Link

Designed by Anil Omanwar from India.

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Humans Link

"This summer I’ve spent 2 awesome weeks in Barcelona. This picture was taken on the rooftop of Gaudi’s “La Pedrera”." Designed by Anca Varsandan from Romania.

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You’ve Got August Link

"I have been a follower of Smashing Magazine for a while but I have never contributed, so this is my first shot. I am an illustrator by heart and this idea came from my notebook full of doodles. I hope you enjoy!" Designed by Luke Eaton with Blue Arrow Design Group from USA.

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Wildlife Link

Designed by Amandinelle from France.

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Dream Car Love Link

"Guys usually like to pin up girly posters or calendars. This is a parody on this with a car hanging up a picture or calendar of it’s dream girl (car). For those car fanatics or people who just like a classy desktop." Designed by SKO from USA.

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Bored? Link

Designed by Yigit Yuksel from Turkey.

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Butterfly Effect Link

"I read about the butterfly effect . . .the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings can effect climate changes on the other side of the planet .its very amazing . so I thought to do some design use butterfly, and I used Paul Erlich quotes in this design" Designed by Maya.Sivalingam from Sri Lanka.

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All she wants to do is dance. Link

"Tina just got her new dancing robot, but she’s not allowed to play with it at home.So she sneaks off to another planet to dance, but they’re afraid of her, so they try tohurt her. Too bad their weapons are useless against robots." Designed by Kristen M. Leonard from USA.

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Freedom Link

"Freedom15 August being the independence day of India. I have used the colours in indian flag and children enjoying there freedom." Designed by Supriya Dcunha from India.

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Quiet Blue Link

"Bubbles filled with embryonic geckos floating in a sea of blue, with dark anonymous sharks circling nearby." Designed by Di Harrison from Australia.

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Unleashing Happiness Link

Designed by Anil Omanwar from India.

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Charles Darwin Anniversary Link

Designed by Pablo Jimeno from Spain.

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MotoGP Champ Link

"This calendar was created for the motorcycle enthusiasts who visit photo depicts Dani Pedrosa on his Repsol Honda before going on to win Round 8 at Laguna Seca in July 2009." Designed by Erica Volkman from USA.

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Bright Summers Eve Link

"Beams of sun play across the sky, as a tree sits patient on the ground. A summery illustration based on August." Designed by Hennell from UK.

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Eight8 Link

"I am a freelance graphic designer from India, currently involved inbranding, banner and brochre design. I love typograhy and I findminimalism to be more amusing than others. My love for minimalism inspired me to do this piece. " Designed by Venkat Sharma AG from India.

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August Shine Link

Designed by Kai Stabel from Germany.

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Fireworks Flower Link

"This plant was just too interesting to overlook. It reminded me a lot of the fireworks that had been going off the past few weeks. I felt like it was a good transition into the end of summer." Designed by A. Monday from USA.

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Life or Death Link

"The idea behind this is to portray the choice that people often have to make about living life. Should you take a risk or take all the necessary precautions to stay safe which may do more damage in the end?" Designed by Kristen Brewer from USA.

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Still Flying Link

"A Firefly tribute." Designed by Chelsea Otakan from USA.

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Deep Green Link

"This is a photo taken, some July’s day in beautiful a nature reserve “Ku?nik”near to city Pi?a in Poland, this a really amazing place." Designed by Mateusz Mackowiak from Poland.

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Hummm Link

Designed by Jennifer Kowal from USA.

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Peony Pink Link

"A little bit of pink…" Designed by Marlaine Weber from Canada.

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Sunflower Eclipse Link

"Maybe it’s a little too late for the total eclipse…" Designed by Mac Funamizu from Japan.

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Urbanshamanism Link

"You may think that magick doesn’t exist; that if it ever did, it abandoned us when we became an industrialized society. But I think that’s wrong. Magick is still here – it’s switched from analog to digital, it’s embedded in hypertext and video compression algorithms. It’s transferred into our homes along copper and fiber-optic ley lines. Urban sprawls and social networking sites become massive nodes that contain the dreams and reflections of thousands of souls. Finding the layer of magick under the surface of things is the inspiration for this month’s wallpaper. I chose warm colors to represent the end of the summer and a time when our lives were defined by the changing of the seasons and the cycles of the sun and the moon." Designed by Arcane Palette Creative Design from USA.

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Freedom 15 Link

"Celebrating Independence!" Designed by Viswanath J from India.

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I found something Link

"This character found something new in his life, it’s reflection of my life. Sometimes he found a good things, but next day he found a bad one." Designed by Indrajid from Indonesia.

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Night at Wuxi Link

"Quick play with the photo I took in WuXi, adding some pattern to bring the colors to your desktop." Designed by JJ.Ying from China.

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Giving up The Demons Link

"Dedicated to all the innocent lives fade out in wars. May God bless the thousands others who have been abandoned alone by the devils in a tragic end of valuable human life." Designed by Marek Okon from Poland; adapted by Sagar from Bangladesh.

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How can we improve the SM Calendar Series? Link

What can be done to improve the desktop wallpaper calendar series? What should be changed? What do you miss? Let us know in the poll and in the comments to this post!The poll expired.

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!

What’s your favorite? Link

What’s your favourite theme or wallpaper for this month? Please let us know in the comments! And have a smashing August, folks!

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  1. 1

    i think i can do “art wallpapers” by myself when I saw these above. earlier months were much, much better. Guys! Go to work, if not I will do something and I’m not a graphic designer!

  2. 2

    Nice Collection.. Of Course far better then the July one. Some of them are very creative.

    DKumar M.

  3. 3

    Great! Like Memories.

  4. 4

    beautiful as always,
    I think ‘humm’ would stand great on a pillow or apron, like thosen on Envelop Envelop

  5. 5

    Gezellig & Rock the Web are my favourites
    well done guys ;)

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    The last one, that is said to be “Designed by Sagar from Bangladesh” is based on an image created by Marek Okon, from Poland.
    IMO, adding a calendar and a logo to a painting that is not yours (without changing it otherwise and without giving credit to the author) doesn’t count as “design” :/

    (SM) You are absolutely right! The article was updated.

  7. 7

    Great stuff! Thanks

  8. 8

    Outstanding month! So many good ones I’m setting a bunch to rotate!

    I’m curious about whether the wordy ones are popular, as I never like them. Perhaps I’m more particular about my words than my images, or perhaps they just aren’t great words.

    Also, as a Southern Hemispherian, those that relate to the season are never appropriate, but I don’t complain! Smashing job!

  9. 9

    gr8 collection, Thanks for all the hardwork by everyone.

  10. 10

    I am regular visitor of your site. My desktop is set up every month with your amazing and innovative calender wallpapers.

    Thanks to people who create the design and thanks to your website as well.

  11. 11

    In those two created by Anil Omanwar, the image effect somehow similiar to generated effect

  12. 12

    Much better than last month! Thanks a bunch!

  13. 13

    this month you did an excellent job!!1

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    Giving up The Demons – plagiarism of Marek Okoń artwork:
    Rain on deviantArt.

    This artwork is copyrighted. Can’t be modified without permission!

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    Excellent collection, these artist are really talented, I’ll prepare mine for next month.

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    How did the hamster wallpaper get in there? That hamster character is obviously Rhino from the Disney movie Bolt. Only the nose was changed. just FYI

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    two things:

    1280×1024 is a pretty common resolution (17″-19″ TFT) but is often missing :(

    let there be more designs around real pictures (cars, nature, …). the fraction of artificial backgrounds is too large in my eyes. think of something like “dream car love”.

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    All I can say is that you better be around next year or I’ll loose track of the months : ) Thanks for the beautiful Calendars!

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    “Puneeta Prakash” This one is nice especially.


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    I am using that Giving up The Demons I don’t its so awsme that sould be on the top the theme make me almost cry I had also feel the same pain love that awsme one

    Great Piece of ARt thnx for posting it LOVE YOU

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    Love the Zebra wallpaper. Great post! :)

  25. 25

    Thanks SmashingMag to show up my wallpaper made in Québec!

  26. 26

    wow!! cool stuff! teh 8 fish thing stuff looks so cool!! wonder what “nabrasya” is :) ny idea???

  27. 27

    Hey Smashing! Thanks so much for including my hadedah wallpaper! xt

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    Spell correctly?

    How can we imporive the SM Calendar Series?

  29. 29

    Ce mois-ci nos créateurs ont super bien bossé! Il va être trés difficile d’en choisir qu’un…


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    Love the Belka & Strelka as well as the Zebra wallpaper. Great work!


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