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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: August 2010


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 2010?

Superstar Link

“Has “the man” got you down? Feel like nobody sees what a superstar you are? Well keep on shining all day long with this retro-tastic wallpaper!” Designed by Brennan Gilbert from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Viktoria Link

“A little wallpaper for all the Germany supporters during the World Cup.” Designed by Ricky Linn from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Aves Lacuna Link

Designed by Kyle Wheaton from Buffalo, NY, USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Symbian World Link

“Scene from Symbian World.” Designed by Anna Alfut from UK.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Piranha fishing Link

“Gone fishing in my little row boat.” Designed by Natalia Shishina from Russia.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Simple Beauty Link

Designed by Dovydas Vystartas from Lithuania.

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Photography Link

“Hello from Singapore! This photograph was taken when I was walking along The Orchard Street, where you can find lots and lots of luxury goods. Hope you guys like this colorful wallpaper – Enjoy!” Designed by Juanita Ooi from London, UK (Originally Malaysia).

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Strawberry Link

“I love this work!” Designed by Agnieszka Pluskota from Poland.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

August Sentense Link

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

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A Square Meal Link

“It’s August and we love picnics — it’s a great way to get your friends together and enjoy the weather! Being an integrated marketing agency, we know that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts… in marketing AND in sandwiches! These orange creatures are here to remind you to never forget the finishing touches and that no sandwich is too big-you can always use a ladder!” Designed by thunder::tech from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Girls Just Want To Have Fun Link

“Inspired by Cindy Lauper’s famous song.” Designed by Irene from Spain.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Summers Freedom Link

“A photograph to express sheer freedom a lot of people experience at the height of summer — “Summers Freedom” — in this case, the two enjoying a summers evening are Sasha Bell and Rosanna Bell” Designed by Olivia Bell from England, UK.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Photography Link

“This photograph was taken in the beginning of 2010, when I was enjoying my winter holiday in London. I believe all of you knew that the winter temperature dropped a lot this year — freezing and raining all day long! I was lucky enough to sense a short few hours of sunny day in the winter.” Designed by Juanita Ooi from London, UK (Originally Malaysia).

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

The Salt March Link

“August 15th is India’s Independence Day. Depicted here is the Salt March of 1930 which triggered the Freedom Movement in India. The Salt Satyagraha campaign was based upon Gandhi’s principles of nonviolent protest called satyagraha, which he loosely translated as “truth-force.” Jai Hind!” Designed by Pixel Pundits from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

México 1963 Link

“Harmonious life in México City in the 60’s.” Designed by Aki from México.

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Hot Balloons Link

“August is one of the hottest months of the year. August is melting.” Designed by Kari Andresen from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

I Hate Mondays Link

“Mondays are a freelancer’s nightmare. I’ve always wanted to cry out in all despair “I Hate Mondays!” Anger! Despair! Rivers of fire! Damnation! Let them all out for all the world to hear and see!” Designed by Bogdan Lazar from Romania.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Come Sail Away Link

“Fillmore-style illustration featuring the lyrics to Styx’s song “Come Sail Away”” Designed by Allison Doty from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Love knows no bounds Link

“The message of this wallpaper is Love knows no bounds. Race, age, sex, (level in the food chain :)) it all doesn’t matter as long as you love each other. My boyfriend is 16 years older then me and some people just think we’re not supposed to be together because of the age difference. Next week we’ll have our 9 year anniversary… So for the cat and the mouse: as long as the heart is bigger then the hunger, they’ll be fine. ” Designed by Nicole Bauer from Germany.

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SinGiNg SuNFloWeR Link

Designed by Pietje Precies from The Netherlands.

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Cherry Link

“I love this work!” Designed by Agnieszka Pluskota from Poland.

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Cows Link

“Hopefully this August you’ll have some time to take a drive/bike ride through the countryside. If not, here’s a typical highway view from my part of the world. Maybe it will inspire you to get outside and enjoy the August weather, or at least do some cow tipping.” Designed by Dan Sweet from USA.

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Chocolate Dream Link

Designed by Sasha Bell from England, UK.

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Summer Cat Link

Designed by Marina Nozyer from Russia.

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Happy Independence Day Link

“15th August is the only important day in August for us to celebrate (Indians), so I decided to create a desktop wallpaper on the same theme. I hope you all will enjoy it. “HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY” 2 all the Indians.” Designed by Meghna Sharma from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Focus Footprints Link

“Maybe some abstract sort of meadows? Maybe some abstract sort of meadows?” Designed by Philipp Lehmann from Switzerland.

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Glowing Dark August Link

Designed by Vincius Ervilha from Brazil.

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Climate Change Link

Adopted from Marek Denko’s work by Luciana Passaro from Italy.

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Sleep. Surf. Link

“Peak of the summer gives you endless opportunities do sleep late, miss all the cooked meals featuring healthy vegetables, go offline and just hit the water. Peak of the summer is the reason of calendar absence. Ignore the clock and be good at it. Longboard models courtesy of Nunosk8.” Designed by Antonio Hadrovic from Croatia.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Nature’s Dream Link

“Nature’s Dream wallpapers created with Scribbler Tool and Photoshop.” Designed by Silvia Bukovac Gasevic.

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Leaves in The Rain Link

“A fresh green leave to keep you going without getting unorganized! Good morning.” Designed by Melle Wynia from The Netherlands.

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“August has always seemed like a month of strange & creative thoughts for me, so whenI recently read that August 4th was National Chocolate Chip day I couldn’t help my mindfrom pandering thoughts of cookies with personalities. I thought if I was a cookie Iwould probably be pretty upset if someone took a big bite out of me, so I decided toexpress this in my design.” Designed by Jennie Waterous from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Splash Link

Designed by Emily Shirley from USA.

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Watch out for sharks Link

“Inspired while playing with Photoshop vectors, for all of you who like minimalism and blue. Oh, and don’t get eaten by a shark while you are enjoying your vacation.” Designed by Lucijan Blagoni from Croatia.

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Into the Hole Link

Designed by Manish Jinwal from India.

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Color Emotions Link

Designed by Gints Stikans from Latvia.

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Do we need to say more? Link

“August, as the summer is at its high most in the northern hemisphere, most people go out for vacation (at least in the US). So, do we need to say more?” Designed by Phidev Inc. from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Geometric Summer Link

“This is how I see my summer. Simple, geometrical, layered, yet full of color: beach = sand + sea + sun. Cheers from Spain and have a great summer ;-)” Designed by Antonio Bustamante Mirayo from Spain.

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Freedom Link

“August 15th marks a wonderful day in the history. India, the largest democratic country in the world got freedom from British invasion. It was 1947 when our great freedom fighters got us the ever lasting success and made our lives flourish forever. Since that day, August 15th of every year is celebrated as Independence Day in India.” Designed by Neelam Asrani from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

This too shall pass (Persian Calligraphy) Link

“”In niz bogzarad” means This too shall pass , life is like that…” Designed by Soodabeh Amirakbari from Iran.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Smashing Team Link

“A simple tribute to Smashing Magazine’s team.” Designed by Kalyne Nobrega from Brasil.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

The King Of Pop Link

“Michael Jackson inspired a lot of people, especially all of us here at Bright Oak? Creative Studio. His birthday falls on the 29th and so we dedicate this Smashing Magazine wallpaper to him and all of his fans around the world. Happy Birthday Michael!” Designed by Bright Oak from USA & Switzerland.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Independence Day Link

“15th august is the independence day of India so I am showing few heroes who sacrificed their lives for their motherland. There are endless number of men and women other than I have shown in the wallpaper. The wallpaper I have designed is a Tribute to all our freedom fighters.” Designed by Aditya L from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Over the Bridge Link

“Sometimes we are so close to fulfill our dreams that it only takesa few more steps to finally reach them.” Designed by Jany from Italy.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Sunscreen Novice Link

“Avoid black in summer.”Avoid black in summer.”” Designed by Kate Jones from UK.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

Freedom Link

“Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.” Designed by Pooja Taneja from India.

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The Traveller Link

Designed by Surreal Illusions from England, UK.

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Watching Universe Twirl Link

Designed by Andrei Verner from Russia.

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Sand Between My Toes Link

“It’s still pretty hot in the UK, but after reading comments in July’s wallpaper feature, I picked up that in Australia, it’s “winter” – so I thought why not try to do a beach shot which can be interrupted and doesn’t scream “summer”! I hope you like this simple beach shot – hopefully a nice change! Ps. the legs in this shot belong to Rosanna Bell ;) Happy August!” Designed by Olivia Bell from England, UK.

Smashing Wallpaper - august 10

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

    Wow! This months collection is great, very different but fun and I’m enjoying downloading them all.

    Thanks very much for accepting the two I submitted – it’s an honour to be featured on here, thank you for taking the time to do this post – it’s always inspiring! :)

    Olivia Bell

  2. 2

    Great! “Sand Between My Toes” and “Over the Bridge” is my favorites…

  3. 5

    WOW! thank you so much again for accepting 3! of my designs! “Relax It’s Summer” “Chocolate Dream” and “Beach Time” I’m extremely happy <3333

  4. 8

    Hmm… not quite impressive designs this month.
    Its summer time, and some independent day for India design.
    Well I guess I’ll pick “Watch out for sharks” for my wallpaper this month.
    I just love the blue color….

  5. 9

    I love over the bridge
    Thanks smashing u r always smashing ;)

  6. 10

    All Wallpaper are not good for a 1980 x 1080 Resolution :/

  7. 11

    Over the Bridge easily stands out in this month offer, which I find less exciting than previous issues. I do not understand why most of these designers do not see that if they put a calendar on the wallpapers, it has to be centered else it is hidden under icons.

    • 12

      i have no icons on my desktop ;)
      so the calendar is fine anywhere!

    • 13

      I could not agree with you more!! Many to choose from, yet only a few could actually be used for their purpose. Isn’t the whole point of using these CALENDAR wallpapers BECAUSE of the calendar?

    • 14

      super buddha thank you for that it’s exactly what i’ve encountered… just can’t use the ones that aren’t centered or slightly off center nor the ones that aren’t traditionally in a block design rather than linear. The bridge was the choice for me plus it is beautiful… oh wait the singing sunflower fits well too so I’ll switch to that one with the musical notes for the grandkids… get in some learning time from the pics too…

      • 15

        I really appreciate how much work the team of SM and each creator of these wallpaper put into this page, however I feel like a lot of those calendars miss the point on several features:

        1 the Calendar: because the purpose of this is to publish a series of calendars, please make it functionnal and easily readable. That means centered (windows users usually have numerous icons on the side of the desktop) and with a font big enough.

        2 the background colours: when using a computer in a in low light , a very bright and clear wallpaper can be strainuous on the eye, also very vivid colours can be distracting on a workstation.

        3 National Celebrations: I am sure that If I make a January Calendar with Robert Burns (Born 25th January) and bagpipes and kilts and Scotland (where I live) national flag, only the Scotts will be real thrilled, and most people will not think one second putting that on their machine. Why not go for universal themes instead?

        Again thank you for making this monthly column exist in all its diversity, do not take this comment as a critique it’s just a couple of ideas I wanted to share.

    • 16

      Maybe it’s time to clean up your desktop so you can enjoy the nice clean look of just having the wallpaper… I used to have icons all over my desktop until I worked on computers that didn’t allow anything to be saved or stored there. I’m so used to it that I now prefer the simplicity of a clean desktop. Give it a try! :)

      On another note, thanks for the wonderful collection of wallpapers! I look forward to downloading them every month!

  8. 17

    All is Very Well….

  9. 18

    I love how the Bell family are always consistent with their amazing designs and photos =)

    cheers from Egypt =)

  10. 19

    Wow! nice to see more Indians contributing to Smashing Magazine.
    Nice work ! Pixel Pundits, Meghna, Neelam Asrani, Aditya, Pooja
    Happy Independence day !

  11. 20

    Simply awesome!

  12. 21

    Fantastic wallpapers

  13. 22

    Some really good calendars … “In the Hole” is very imaginative. I do believe the selections should be limited to one design per person.

  14. 23

    Very nice. Brilliant works.

  15. 24

    Summer Cat is my favourite. There are finally some nice ones this month.

  16. 25

    Great list as usual.

    FYI – “One Mad Cookie”, 1920×1200 – the calendar is actually missing from the image.

  17. 26

    Options should be:

    with calendar:
    without calendar:
    without smashing logo (saving you 15 seconds in Photoshop):

    Thanks guys..some good stuff as always!

    • 27

      perhaps if they have their own site
      they could offer their calendars without the logo

    • 28

      @mike i

      You know one of the submission requirements is having the Smashing logo right?

  18. 29

    Lots of effort represented in this month’s work — kudos to all the designers.

    I most liked “Aves lacuna,” “Color emotions,” “Cows” and “Singing sunflower.”

    It seems petty when folks complain about this rich and free resource: I can move my icons where I want (calendar doesn’t have to be in the center) and I make the graphic sizes work, regardless. And the best entries should be accepted (regardless of how many times one designer submits work). Go, SmashingMagazine!

  19. 31

    wow – a lot of lovlies here :)
    my favourites:
    – aves lacuna [you would have loved ‘type camp’ in buffalo!!]
    – photography [great pic & treatments!]
    – cows [sweet!]
    – leaves in the rain [i really like the calendar part! i’m looking for work, too : /]

    i really do want to make these again [i say that every month!] – but thank you, sm, for having them available to us!

  20. 32

    awesome wallpapers !!
    my favorite : color emotions !! & summers freedom !!

  21. 33

    Shashi Kanth Tangella

    July 31, 2010 6:27 am

    Olivia Bell Rocks !!

    so do lacuna,london tower bridge,salt march, cat calender, & the independance days..!

  22. 34

    OMG!! First of all, I would like to say Thank You to for accepting 2 of my wallpaper. However, I noticed that I the title of those 2 wallpapers were wrong: the first Photography wallpaper should be named as ‘The Modern Lion City’, while the second wallpaper should be named as “London Tower Bridge”. Sorry about that – my mistake, I submitted wrongly. x

  23. 35

    tks for all of you~nice wall paper designers~!

  24. 36

    Aves Lacuna is great. And the Cows!! I tend to go for the designs that don’t have a lot of clutter on the side and the bottom, as that’s where I have my dock and shortcuts. Those two are both particularly attractive and clean. I will be happy to spend my month looking at them on my desktop! Kudos to both designers, and thanks so much for sharing.

  25. 37

    Yeah I really hate Mondays :P

  26. 38

    Viktoria is a great work but it has a small mistake :-)

  27. 39

    My favourites are “over the bridge” and “Piranha fishing”. Whoever is the illustrator for Piranha fishing… great work!

  28. 40

    Love Aves Lacuna… Leaves in the Rain reminds me of my beloved hostas… and Summer Freedom reminds me of the freedom of my childhood. Great entries this month, Smashing. I’m so glad Win7 offers the background slide show, I don’t have to pick just one!

    Oh, and for those who hate their icons obstructing the wallpaper… try Fences. It’s a free program that will hide all your icons until you doubleclick on the desktop.

  29. 41

    Awesome designs!!
    I love “Over the Bridge” and “Summer Cat” – pity they are not available for a 1440×900 resolution :(

  30. 42

    Mithun Sreedharan

    July 31, 2010 9:06 am

    Special thanks for the Independence day wall papers, these are just awesome!


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