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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: October 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 45 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 magazine1 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 2010?

Liquifly Link

Designed by Nicolle Marie from USA.

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Any Browser Link

"I just wanna spread the message, “Use any browser, it doesn’t matter. But use the latest version!”." Designed by Minhaj Mohamed from Sri Lanka.

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October 2010 Wallpaper Link

"For October 2010, still with the summer in the head, I wanted to imagine a magic place where I can go sometimes far from work, far from the Earth." Designed by Benoit Chartron26 from France.

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Symbian World Link

"Scene from Symbian World." Designed by Anna Alfut69 from UK.

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The words I’ve never said to you Link

Designed by Matteo Palazzani – Palastar Photography from Italy.

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The Colours of October Link

"Colourful autumn leaves." Designed by Anna-Lena Lewerenz102 from Germany.

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Breath of Fresh Air Link

"”Breathe in the cool air!” – if we can’t have summer, embrace the chilly air! :D Enjoy October everybody! Ps. thanks to Rosanna Bell701117 for modelling." Designed by Olivia Bell702118 from England, UK.

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Turning Leaves Link

"It is a magical time of year when trees light up from the inside and dazzle us with colors. Feast for the soul!" Designed by Kim Carney133 from USA.

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October Sentense Link

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

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Smart Crow Link

Designed by Sixlightyears167 from Reunion Island (France).

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10/10 Link

"Enjoy the last sunrays in October, at least in Germany!" Designed by Marco Palma from Italy / Germany.

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Sleeping Cowgirl Link

Designed by Sasha Bell192 from England, UK.

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Chillin’ Gnomies Link

Designed by Pietje Precies207 from The Netherlands.

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Time Intensity Link

"I was sorting out all my brushes in Photoshop and started playing around with loads of variations of brush strokes that I actually forgot I had. I was trying to create a cloudy hole and have a fetish with time and time traveling at the moment and it turned out to be something in between a black hole and some sort of disrupted void in the space time continuum. I liked it that much afterwards I thought I’d use it for my own desktop and then thought I’d share it on smashingmag :)" Designed by Rik Hopkinson224 from UK.

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Eerie October Link

Designed by Jennifer Leigh Holt237 from Canada.

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Pumpkin Spice Spookster Link

"A spooky, fun, orange-tastic wall for Halloween lovers of all ages." Designed by Allen 252 from USA.

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Abyaneh Link

"Abyaneh is a beautiful city in Iran." Designed by Soodabeh Amirakbari297 from Iran.

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Smoked Link

"Personal tribute to Winchester School of Art." Designed by Wirdy Hamidy from Brunei.

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Harvest Sunset Link

Designed by Kellie Gave from USA.

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Ghostober Link

"I made this wallpaper a year ago, but i didntcame on time to send it to Smashing magazine.Serching other files i found it, and decide to finish it and post it, halloween is coming, hope you like this ghostsperms hehe!" Designed by Ricardo Delgado326 from México City.

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Purple Fall Link

"Fall is coming, and that means cool mornings, hot tea, warm jackets, and purple." Designed by Daisy Gillam from USA.

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Touch Autumn Link

"Summer is over, enjoy autumn!" Designed by Martin350 from Latvia.

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Jump into Fall Link

Designed by Kristin G Jackson363 from USA.

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Marissa & Liloo Link

"Let’s bring back authentic made by hand illustration, and follow Marissa & Liloo in their cute world. /Fr/ Retour ? l’authentique illustration faite main gr?ce ? ces adorables personnages Marisssa et Liloo." Designed by 23 Graphic Design376 from France.

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Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He runs responsive Web design workshops, online workshops and loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

  1. 1

    Simeon Stoichev

    September 30, 2010 2:07 am

    Another great collection of wallpaper calendars. Thanks. And can we have something more abstract for the next time :). Please! :)

  2. 2

    i like any browser & colours of october ~ ;D ..

  3. 3

    Ah, awesome collection! I’m really confused which to use first. :D
    My favorite designs are all of Olivia Bell’s, Sasha Bell’s love in autumn, Kristin G Jackson’s Jump into Fall, Anna-Lena Lewerenz’s The Colours of Octobers, and Violeta Dabija’s Halloween. Keep it up, guys! :)

  4. 4

    They are all amazing this month !

  5. 5

    I love “The Colours of October” by Anna-Lena Lewerenz!

  6. 7

    all are awesome :) my fav : Mahatma-Gandhi

  7. 11

    Nice collection! Thanks a lot!!

  8. 12

    Hi, I come here to get my monthly desktop, regularly! And I always find something I love! But, this month, I’m not so sure… :( Do all October desktop backgrounds have to be about Halloween?! Here in India, we don’t celebrate Halloween all that much. In fact, almost no one does!! And all I can find is one very dank and dreary picture of Gandhi… the message on it is nice, but not what I was looking for. Something bright, even something related to autumn…but bright….would have been nice…anyway, I guess I’ll just have to wait till next month to see something I like.

    Keep up the good work at smashing magazine, guys! I really mean that…just feeling a little let down this time around.

    • 13

      Vitaly Friedman

      September 30, 2010 2:28 am

      Actually, many wallpapers are not related to Halloween at all, especially the ones on the top of the page.

    • 14

      Dear, I don’t think you have any idea about creativity. Prove me wrong and let’s see if you can create something like expectation for next month.

      • 15

        hai this is good

        • 16

          My above comment is not for Vitaly but for Jane Hamilton. Sorry if you guys misinterpreted it.

          @ Vitaly : Many Thanks for making Smashing Magazine

      • 17

        my above comment is not for vitaly but for Jane Hamilton. Sorry if people have misinterpreted my comment.

        @ Vitaly : Thanks a ton for making Smashing Magazine. :)

    • 18

      Eugenie Huard

      October 1, 2010 10:34 am

      I think there is only half of the wallpapers about Halloween. Mine (Above The Clouds) is quite bright I think, and no ghost or witch in it, just a cute giraffe :).
      Is Smashing Magazine famous in India?

      • 19


        Nice work :-)

        I like ur colors n style of work n make it my wall this month…Thanx

        Well every designer follow smashing magazine in India.

    • 20

      Yeah! somehow i am agree with you…. but another words we can choose one or two wallpapers..

      I am not much happy this month..:(

  9. 21

    Thanks for featured my “Any Browser”! Love you, guys! :D

    • 22

      Do you allow using the “any-browser-but-latest-version”-picture cut-out and re-sized and used as an icon on websites?

  10. 23

    My Favorites For October:

    1- As always “Oliva Bell” photographs are astonishing ! (will be my desktop background)
    2- Montona Moon – Excellent Job
    3- I really liked that Caterpillar Scraper !

  11. 24

    Matteo Palazzani

    September 30, 2010 2:47 am

    Thank you very much for featuring my “The words i’ve never said to you”!! Great collection this month! i like “Pumpkin Spice Spookster” and “Marissa & Liloo” a lot!

    • 25

      Katia / 23 Graphic Design

      October 2, 2010 10:09 am

      I made Marissa & Liloo! I’m very glad you like it!
      I’m thinking of drawing one every month!

      • 26

        Marisso & lillo is gr8. I luv de creativity (Peice of water melon – de skirt). Waitin for more walls frm u.

    • 27

      That’s the one I chose. Maybe sometime this month I’ll say those words.

  12. 28

    Above The Clouds is my wallpaper for October :)
    Nice one again guys.

  13. 30

    Thanks a million for including “Pumpkin Spice Spookster,” my submission! My favorites are “The Colours of October” and definitely “Eerie October.”

  14. 32

    Rocktober yeah, way cool – thanks

  15. 33

    16th place

  16. 34

    Hey, great collection!
    I think it would be cool if you could subscribe to “Smashing Calendar Channel” via Google homepage, so it would change automatically at the beginning of the month, maybe every artist would have his own channel or something.
    Just a thought

  17. 35

    Not going to lie, the last couple months I have been bummer because it seemed the selection was not amazing, but October has come through. Great job this month guys!

  18. 36

    Great collection :) My favorites are
    1. Mahatma Gandhi
    2. purple fall
    3. This month rocks
    4. The words i’ve never said

    Great work by all the designers…

  19. 38

    Wow, love the 3d October Calendar wallpaper most. Got to your site via Twitter by accident, but it wasn’t the last time I’ve visited your great site, thanx

  20. 39

    excellent collection. as always!


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