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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: October 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 October 2009?

Fairytale Land Link

Designed by Monica Corduneanu from Romania.

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Hummingbird Link

Designed by Vlad Gerasimov from Irkutsk, Russia.

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Hope Link

"As autumn arrives here in the northern hemisphere, we are reminded of the fragility and brevity of life. Yet the brilliant colors of nature, even in death, are a beacon of HOPE — a sure sign that after the cold and death of winter we will experience a new beginning." Designed by Abigail Paul from USA.

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Trick or Treat 2000 Link

"It is the year 2000, and robots rule the world. This is a photo of a recently completed fully-functional rod puppet, approx. 10″ tall, set within a digital halloween scene via Photoshop. 0000101011001! (robot translation: Trick or treat!)" Designed by Out of the Chair Design from Canada.

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Beautiful Prague Link

"Last month I visited Prague – a beautiful city.I re-did my wallpaper with Sibiu from May, now with Prague." Designed by Anca Varsandan from Romania.

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Escape of Red Riding Hood Link

"Escape of Red Riding Hood" Designed by Monica Corduneanu from Romania.

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Kill your boss (Do not take it seriously) Link

(Editorial Team) Yes, this is a controversial wallpaper. Please do not take it seriously and consider it to be a funny and scary Halloween wallpaper. Some bosses can be quite harsh sometimes, but that’s definitely no the reason to kill anybody. So we do not take any legal responsibilities for the side effects of you having this wallpaper on your desktop. Happy Halloween!

"When your boss yells that you are too immature to be a designer you are morally obliged to stop whatever youare doing, go to him and have an encounter." Designed by Milana Adamov from Serbia.

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Caring for planet Link

"In October 15 is celebrated the Environmental Education Day in Brazil so i made this illustration to remember the date." Designed by Marcelo Henrique from Brazil.

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Metropolitain Link

Designed by amandinelle from France.

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Diwali Link

Designed by Aman Behl from India.

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pop girl Link

Designed by Jennifer Rodriguez from Spain-Tenerife.

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Stamps Link

Designed by Nikola Lazarevic from Serbia.

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Sad Eyes Link

"I take and edit the picture." Designed by Nuno Silva from Portugal.

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Pixel Glass Link

Designed by Khristian Mendoza from Australia.

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Pumpkin Time Link

"After watching ‘Pulp Fiction’ for the nth time, I decided that October is a bad-ass month. This wallpaper is a representation of (what I imagine as) Samuel L. Jackson’s take on October. Badass." Designed by Tessa Pahkamaa from California, United States.

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Harvest Link

"The colors of Autumn revealed in a harvest of fallen leaves." Designed by Charles Godewyn from United States of America.

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Movement of Bodies Link

"I came across a picture of the dancer who inspired me to give him some more movement." Designed by Rhoda Ndirangu from USA.

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Vintage Link

"The past is never dead, it is not even past. ~William Faulkner" Designed by Lety Gidea from Romania.

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Cinderella Link

"Inspired from Cinderella fairy tale chracater and created by using free clip art image of cinderella." Designed by NarjisNaqvi from Pakistan.

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The moons glow Link

"It is a full moon tonight. The fall wind blows the clouds. The leaves have fallen from the trees and a happy pumpkin sits beneath a spooky tree. The tree and the pumpkin both welcome in the month of October." Designed by Allison S. Hoge from USA.

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Scary Pumpkin Link

"Halloween is my favorite holiday. This calendar shows my desire to make Halloween a darker holiday than it has been in the past for me." Designed by Rachel Cobb from USA.

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This is how I pass my time Link

"I was at il Biennale in Venice this August. The Russian house was my favorite, and one of the exhibits had this great “haunted house” set up–plastic baby hands hanging from the ceiling, cramped walking space in darkness. My friend snapped this photo in a hurry and it turned out great considering the low light. I think it’s a bit creepy without overdoing it." Designed by Heather Van De Mark from USA.

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After the Fire Link

"I drove past these burnt houses several times on my way home from work and knew I wantedto try and capture the vision that came to me every time I drove by. With the help of my friends daughter, Kylah, wemanaged to get some great photos and we all really liked this one.I am new at graphics and design but have a very strong passion for anything creative and decided to give it a trythis month as I felt the photo would be a good fit for an October wallpaper." Designed by Flori Chaykowski from Canada.

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Zombie’s Grafitti Link

"A mystical month like October diserve an trash art contribution so the dead can go back to life and haunt the living people. This wallpaper was made for terror e thriller lovers. Download and enjoy it!" Designed by Vinicius Ervilha from Brazil.

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Autumn Colors Link

"Demonstrating the warm, dark colors of fall." Designed by Kari Andresen from USA.

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On The Road Again Link

"Here you have a calendar design. I think that was a pleasant evening to take pictures especially since it was a beautiful sky. Hope you like it." Designed by Adrian Hasmasan from Romania.

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Autumnal Link

Designed by Christine Theis from Germany.

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Energy of water Link

"My wallpaper illustration Energy of water was inspired by terrible ecological problems in Ukraine and round the world." Designed by Egor Kosten from Ukraine.

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Mossy Pavement Link

"Last October we were wandering in the beautiful old section of town Sopron, Hungary, while I took a picture of this pattern at a courtyard. One year later the season is in the right mood to make a wallpaper from the photo." Designed by Balazs Kereskenyi from Hungary.

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Pumpkin -Surprise Link

"Grab your pointy hat and get ready for some magic." Designed by Chris Alexander (Yipori) from England.

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Oktoberfest Link

"Theme “Oktoberfest” is written on the hot dog with mustard, served with a beer. All made by modeling clay, photographed, and adjusted in Photoshop." Designed by Begum Burian from Turkey.

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October Canvas Link

Designed by Hashem Gamal Ahmed from Egypt.

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The only thing Link

"This is Spack, my “little” dog (just three years old…!)! I love dogs, don’t leave them alone." Designed by Riccardo Medana from Italy.

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Marcha Zaragoza Link

"This is a composition we made for an event thats going to take place in Zaragoza next 24 October, to join people all over the world to take a stand for a safe climate future, claiming atention from governments of Copenhagen United Nations conference. We are going to ride our bicycles around the city (Zaragoza, Spain)." Designed by Pablo Jimeno Pérez from Spain.

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Diwali Link

"Also called the festival of lights, Diwali is one of the most popular festivals celebrated in India. Diwali or Deepavali is an occasion which is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm in most parts of the country. The day of Diwali witnesses celebrations of the highest magnitude as the entire country is lit with beautiful lights and lot of fireworks are used to celebrate Diwali, a victory of light over darkness.The magnificent five days long jubilation of Diwali celebrations is marked by multi-colored Rangoli designs, special pooja ceremonies, lines of lamps, floral decorations, fireworks, exchange of Diwali Sweets and Diwali Gifts that lend grandeur to the Occasions." Designed by Supriya Kunal Dcunha from India.

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Halloween Link

Designed by Rumake Web Agency from Russia.

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Smash Type Link

"Just a typographically artistic display indedication to smashing magazine." Designed by Two six eight design from United States.

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Burnt Orange Link

"For this wallpaper I wanted to use orange, but not with traditional imagery of pumpkins and Hallowe’en. I did however want to celebrate that October is national breast cancer awareness month, that apple day takes place on the 21st, and I of course had to make a note of Hallowe’en!" Designed by Ducky Design from Canada.

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Vintage October Link

"True colour – casual look. A classical vintage label that becomes all PCs. A must have for all autumn designistas." Designed by Dannci from Slovakia.

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Leaves Link

"simple, calm, quiet and relaxed like some Italian landscape views in the month of October; if you would like this wallpaper in a different resolution just drop me an e-mail. Enjoy!" Designed by Federica Sibella from Italy.

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Love-of-October Link

"”October is a month full of endless questions about creativity. Should I be Jason from Friday the 13th or Michael Myers from Halloween for the costume party. Is this too much for my front yard (while looking upon a extremely detailed macabre with realistic CGI ghosts, goblins, and pyrotechnics)? Designed completely with “" Designed by Ian Patrick Buss from United States of America.

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Praying Mantis Link

"My neighbourhood has recently been invaded by hundreds of beautiful praying mantis and this one decided to pose for a while." Designed by Antonio Bustamante Mirayo from Spain.

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Moorland Link

"Have a nice autumn" Designed by John Kichote from Poland.

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A Halloween Theme, Go Figure. Link

"It’s orange. It has a spider and some crazy eyes, so yup, sounds like Halloween to me. Hopefully it is still fun enough to be enjoyed by all of our friends that are not celebrating Halloween. Looks great with or without the calendar. Enjoy!" Designed by Steve Mullen from USA.

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Matterhorn Link

"This picture was taken from Zermatt, Switzerland at the beginning of October 2007. The summit of the Matterhorn peak was on fire and reminded me of the colors of Autumn." Designed by Vincent Prat from France.

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Sarajevo Link

"Sarajevo is capital city of (the state of) Bosnia and Herzegovina and it is wll known with name “City of east and west” I used old postcards which were popular during Austro – Hungarian period to make this digital greeting and to promote this beatuful city. Greetings / Gruss / Selam" Designed by Azra Crneta from Bosni and Herzegovina.

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Be Present Link

"We are here, and it is now. What else is there? Enjoy the moment." Designed by Marlaine Weber from Canada.

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Doodletober Link

"Doodletober celebrates the spontaneous creativity that can come with the long drawn out nights of the month of October (especially in the UK). When your stuck inside and it’s raining on the outside, why not whip out your finest sharpie and a sheet of paper and get doodling!" Designed by Rob Hampson from United Kingdom.

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Godfather Link

"This is a wallpaper I made mostly for myself, As some of you might have noticed it is very similar to last month’s one, and sorry for that i will be bringing more original wallpapers later on. But the wallpaper itself is about my all-time favourite movie the godfather and contains one of my favourite quotes out of the movie." Designed by Luka Dadiani from UK.

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Will-o’-the-Wisp Link

"This design celebrates the spooky side of October by showing a cloud of Will-o-the-wisps under a tree in the moonlight. A passage from my favorite poem by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge reminds me of these ghostly lights, so I thought it appropriate to include." Designed by 3 Roads Media from United States.

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Falling Leaves Link

Designed by Rita Pereira from Portugal.

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Autumn Leaves Link

Designed by Kevin Wolstenholme from UK.

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Wavular Link

"Design Kompany’s “wavular” series is about possibility. Our title is inspired by the Greek letter lambda, which signifies wavelength in the famous equation E=hc/l. In quantum theory, energy (E), is indirectly proportional to wavelength; and it is in the implied spaces, rather than those we discern most readily with our senses, which inspire our “wavular” drawings. Energy is also directly proportional to c, the speed of light, and h, a coefficient determined by physicist Max Planck, who said: ÒWhen we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.” “Wavular” invokes and invites you to turn a thing on its side, move it a bit here, shift it there, flip it inside out, and consider the negative space it implies, to investigate what else is really there. —DK" Designed by Design Kompany from USA.

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Boxter Link

"Adam Plitt’s Porsche Boxster on the way to the deer camp. Created with Photoshop CS4." Designed by Adam Plitt from USA.

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Autumn Waves Link

"Abstract illustration representing the month october." Designed by Angelika Omer from Austria, Vienna.

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That’s CMYK’s Show Link

"I’m not used to described my own wallpapers. I prefer when spirit do the job. So – What do you think? -" Designed by Lechaftois Boris (Bš) from France.

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More Behind Link

"Websites can look very simple, beautiful and clean, but there is much more behind it, starting in a sheet of paper." Designed by Diego Homem from Brazil.

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OctoTypo Link

"Display typography is a potent element in graphic design, where there is less concern for readability and more potential for using type in an artistic manner. OctoTypo design Inspired by various existing online designs and typographic posters." Designed by DKumar M. from USA.

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Cognac Link

"It’s the VMAs. Something had to happen. Big shout out to Mr. West for the inspiration. We’re not mad at you. We got nothing but love for you." Designed by Umer Tahir from Canada.

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Animal Day Link

"This month we celebrate the international school library month and the world animal day integrating it all with a playful use of typography, you may find a hidden message, enjoy." Designed by Ana Laura Diosdado from mexico.

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Minimal Link

"Development of typography and light in a minimalist and quiet scene." Designed by Tarik AMAR from France.

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October Sentense Link

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

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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. 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 October, folks!

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  1. 1

    Nice Collection

  2. 2

    Amazing collection. I like most of them.

    Keep it up!

  3. 3

    Do you really like these wallpapers? Only 2 or 3 are nice works. I think there should be more works selection from smashing mag.

  4. 4

    WOW !!! All are wonderful ! But the winner is: Autumn Leaves! :)

  5. 5

    Great wallpapers once again! Hard to choose the best one and the one for my desktop.

  6. 6

    these r superb… better than september :) i like them….. supriya nice one on diwali

  7. 7

    I like More Behind and the way the calendar shows up at the bottom of my screen if I re-size my open windows just a bit!

    Plus, I’m a sucker for the Moleskine fad!

  8. 8

    really nice work! My favorite is Autumn Waves … I like minimal style

  9. 9

    Gets better every month….thanks for the inspiration!

  10. 10

    First thing: there is mistake in my calendar – one day is missing. Sorry for this. I noticed that to late.
    Secund thing: Some of new wallpapers this month are really good. I like a specially Halloween by Rumake Web Agency and More Behind by Diego Homem but congratulations for all authors! CU next month!

  11. 11

    I like Diwali wallpaper..great work

  12. 12

    In an unrelated comment. Smashing Magazine is one of the best sites I have ever been to for web designers hands down. Anyone know of anything like this except for print? I’m dying for some inspiration on this print newsletter I’m doing and I cant find anything online.

  13. 13

    GREAT!! My favourite is Cindirella, I love disney’s cartoons. (and I’m more than 20 ;) )

  14. 14

    liked the autumn waves! nice warm colors! great job!

  15. 15

    I love the kanye wallpaper! I am going to make one that says “IMMA LET YOU SPEAK!”

    Oh that’s great. Excellect walls for october! 90ish days left in the year….go figure

  16. 16

    GREAT Job!

  17. 17

    “That’s CMYK’s Show” & “Autumn Waves” are impressive ! well done and creative :)

  18. 18

    Very nice collection, I really like the “Matterhorn”!

  19. 19

    nice wallpapers

  20. 20

    Awesome set this month, but it’s spring down here in NZ!

  21. 21

    Thank you at all artist for your time.

  22. 22

    Some strange ones this time, but I like “Hope”.

  23. 23

    Awesome collection for this month! Really like ‘Beautiful Prague’ & ‘On the road again’. Keep it up!

  24. 24

    i love:
    – fairytale land
    – metropolitain
    – sad eyes
    – the only thing ♥
    – more behind ♥
    thanks, sm :) what a lovely selection!

  25. 25

    You guys rocks… apart from 2 , 3 designs all are very nice.. really good, thanks for sharing with us…

  26. 26

    Amazing collection.

    i love this designs

  27. 27

    Huuuu congratulations for all…..I love this site *-*

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    Martin Bentley Krebs

    September 30, 2009 6:02 am

    Very nice collection overall ( a few “duds,” but that’s just a matter of taste).

    I’d look into the Disney/Cinderella wallpaper, though. Just because someone refers to it as “free clipart” doesn’t necessarily mean that copyright issues aren’t at stake here. It is still a protected likeness of a character, no matter where it originated.

  29. 29

    This is awesome. I was just looking for an updated calendar from Patricia Villanueva and when I gave up came over here and sure enough. This is great.

  30. 30

    Not too keen on this month’s wallpapers. There are some good ones in there, but most are pretty ropey. Bit more quality control needed?


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