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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: December 2010


Desktop wallpapers can serve as an excellent source of inspiration. However, if you use a specific wallpaper for a longer period of time, it becomes harder to draw inspiration out of it. That’s why we have decided to supply you with smashing wallpapers for over 12 months. To make them a little more distinctive than the usual crowd, we’ve decided to embed calendars for the upcoming month. So if you happen to be searching for a specific day of the month, isn’t it better to show off a nice wallpaper with a nice calendar instead of launching some default time application?

This post features 40 free desktop wallpapers, created by designers across the globe for December 2010. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free.

Please notice:

  • all images can be clicked on 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 December 2010?

Update: you may be interested in Smashing Magazine January 2011 Windows 7 Theme (calendar) and Smashing Magazine January 2011 Windows 7 Theme (no calendar).

December 2010 Wallpaper Link

“For December 2010, illustration of myself Wishing” Designed by Benoit Chartron from France.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Christmas Stuff Link

“Some of the things that come to my mind when thinking of christmas..” Designed by Jaro Mlkvy from Slovakia.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Starleaves Link

Designed by Fabio Toscani from Italy.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Spider web Link

Designed by Mohd. Aaqib from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Wicklow Winter Link

“Winter at the Sugar Loaf Mountain in County Wicklow Ireland.” Designed by Neil Bradshaw from Ireland.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Fun in the Snow Link

“A girl and her friend, The Snowman, being silly in the first snow :)I love December. Happy Holidays, everyone!” Designed by Anca Varsandan from Romania.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Peace Link

“Let’s give our children the greatest gift off all — PEACE! Happy Holidays to everyone.” Designed by Kim Carney from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Christmas Past Link

“Christmas old style.” Designed by Carmelo Ortuso from Australia.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Frosted Glass Link

“An illustration of someone who wiped a frosted window and is looking down on a town and lake below.” Designed by Shawn Rinkenbaugh from United States.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Cosy Retro Link

“Something warm and cosy for a cold December.” Designed by Ron Gilad from Israel.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Burnout 2010 Link

“The Year of the matches is quite over!” Designed by Hansjoerg Schneider from Switzerland.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Fresh & White Link

“Have a break, get out of your Design studio and go breathing. What if we raced or a had snowball fight?” Designed by Maureen Chaffurin from France.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Sad Waters Link

“Based on the song Sad Waters, by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Ophelia’s myth. Photography by the author, made in Cantabria the first morning of 2010.” Designed by David Fernandez Rementeria from Spain.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

New Santa … New Gifts Link

“A year’s collection of happiness, wrapped inside a small gift.” Designed by Narendar . N from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Holly Light Link

“Warm lights sourrounding our Chritmas Festivities are like a warm touch, a hug from our beloved.” Designed by Ester Liquori from Italy.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Christmas Icons Link

Designed by Davide Vicariotto from Italy.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Cosy Socks Link

"One of my favourite months of the year is December. The whole month feels festive and I love the reds and green’s we have everywhere. So to celebrate the beginning of December, here are a pair of cosy red christmasy socks! I have spent all of November creating the design based on the photograph and making it in red for the theme of Christmas. Have a great December everyone! " Designed by Sasha Bell from England, UK.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Snowy December Link

Designed by Rosanna Bell from England, UK.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Happy New Year Link

"December is time for Christmas rush, presents and greetings letters! We wish you and your friends all the best and Father Frost (russian Santa Claus) will take care of the rest." Designed by from Russia.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Fallen Icon Mozart Link

“This month of December is flooded with commercial apsects of the Christmas Holiday(Thanks Coca Cola) I want to pay homage to a fallen young icon Mozart.” Designed by Jeremiah Selengia from Tanzania.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Snowy Love Link

Designed by Brad Cerasani from Canada.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Waiting for Christmas Link

“I wish you a merry Christmas!!” Designed by yellowbook from South Korea.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Winter Atmosphere Link

"I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savor a bad mood." Designed by Jaro Mlkvy from Slovakia.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Snow White Link

"The falling snow, wrapped up warm in colourful wintery gloves. Have a wonderful winter everyone!" Designed by Olivia Bell from England, UK.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Inspiring Well Link

“Celebrating the new coming year.” Designed by Peter Yee from Malaysia.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Flower Bokeh Link

Designed by Nathalie Ouederni from the Netherlands.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

The Greatest Gift of All Link

“Today Christmas is all about buying presents, but actually the most important thing is to have someone to share the Christmas time with. That’s what this wallpaper is all about. The two birds – Milo and Pipita – are a wallpaper series and usually they argue about things men and women argue about. ;)” Designed by Nicole Bauer from Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Angel Link

“All writers and reader of the fabulous Smashing Magazine feliz navidad y propero a–o nuevo!” Designed by Fresh&Eazy, Steffen Schmitt from Spain.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Christmas Eve Link

“Wishing you a merry christmas” Designed by Ray Templates from India.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Khaos Link

“Photography + Light Painting, a simple way to make design.” Designed by Jose Tenorio from Costa Rica.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Frozen Link

“White and blue – like a December with a lot of snow and a blue, sunny sky. Hopefully!” Designed by Lotum from Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

December Dream Link

Designed by Christine Bradway from United States.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Winter Wonderland Link

"The design was inspired by the Christmas story with charming characters that bring joy and magic in this festive occasion." Designed by Jo‹o Lima Jr. from Brazil.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Waiting for a Winter Link

Designed by Adam Piotrowski from Poland.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Learn to Recycle Link

"We should care more about our planet." Designed by Adam Laki from Hungary.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Casual Catwalk Link

Designed by Nathalie Ouederni from the Netherlands.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

West Christmas Link

"In west, Santa Claus uses a .44" Designed by Blackjack.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Snowy Ladybug Link

Designed by Tooshtoosh from Israel.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Happy Festivus Link

“Seinfeld in 1997 proposed a holiday, Festivus, for the rest of us. This desktop wallpaper reminds us of the non consumeristic nature of Festivus, sit back enjoy a drink and join Kramer, Frank Costanza, Jerry and Elaine in the airing of Grievances and challenge one another to feats of strength after dinner.” Designed by Jenny Heath from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

Smashing Snowman Link

“He’s a smashing snowman, isn’t he?” Designed by Megan Burleson from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 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 December, folks!

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  1. 1

    I love it, that more and more designers also offer sizes optimized for 27″ monitors. Keep it up!

  2. 2

    I really liked the clever use of the matches to imply the 12 days of Christmas.

  3. 4

    Christmas Eve is well-balanced.

  4. 5

    Good stuff!

  5. 6

    That Cosy Socks wallpaper was allready there last month, only it was called Favourite Pair.

    • 7

      You are right, thanks for the feedback! The wallpaper was removed.

      …removed and then added again (the photo was turned in an illustration), see the updated post above.

      • 8

        Yeah what is it with Sasha Bell and socks??

      • 10

        Hi Vitaly i have check every month this wallpaper before last two month the quality of wallpaper i min the art of wall pepper is missing in last two month so whats the meter please reply

      • 11

        Your calendar issue starts to be the personal showcase of the Bell sisters. This is totally unprofessional from smashing magazine.

        • 12

          If we submitted under different names, what would the difference be?

          We may have the same surname, but we’re our own people. Smashing Mag haven’t said who can or cannot submit. Although we’re sisters, I don’t feel that means we shouldn’t be able to submit a wallpaper just because one sister has…

          If that were the case, there wouldn’t be much love between us – I’m surprised anyone thinks there is any difference between 3 random people submitting and 3 sisters.

          If you note, the calendars each of us submitted are different… it isn’t like we all submitted a red apple ;)

          • 13

            I personally don’t understand why the Bell sisters have to face so much persecution every single month. I’m pretty sure this must constitute as some sort of bullying.

            If you don’t like the fact that their designs get in every month, enter your own; SM only accept a limited amount. The more designs they get, the more chance you get your wish (and for what reason I’ll never know) of the Bell sisters not being featured.

            Come on guys; be good sports.

          • 14

            But it’s not about the fact that your sisters, it’s about the fact that your work as individuals always get submitted no matter what, well at least you and Sasha’s work, I’d better not include Rosanna in this since she seems to be new to Smashing Magazine.

          • 15

            Between you three you had:

            3 calendars in this issue,
            4 in the November issue,
            3 in October,
            4 in September,
            and 3 in August.

            Well I think that’s a lot.

          • 16

            Definitely too much Bells! Where’s the diversity?

          • 17

            I think the criticism is unavoidable (unfortunately), because You are not only sharing the name but also taste in design…
            BUT i like Your photography and maybe for some people it’s nice to get similar design every month. I’m cool with that. I think if SM can pick more designs from others than I don’t care how many picks Bell sisters get… as far as i can choose something nice :)

          • 18

            I can’t believe how catty all of these people are being just because two people happen to be related and submit their artwork. Maybe their artwork gets “submitted no matter what” because they’re talented? Besides, what is the big deal? Can’t you all just enjoy the FREE goodies Smashing has to offer without turning in to a bunch of sniveling babies?

      • 19

        I am currently clarifying the copyright issues with Sasha Bell. It is very important for us to respect designer’s rights. We’ll certainly keep that in mind for the next month.

        • 20

          The Bell sisters get featured every month because they are amazing artists. Smashing Magazine is a reputable site and is allowed to choose whom they want featured. I doubt they look at all the Bell girl’s work and try to pick at least three.Olivia, Rosanna and Sasha’s work is hardly similiar other than the last names of the artists. Let the girls to continue to create and wow us every month.

          Olivia, Rosanna and Sasha am a huge fan and look forward to your new creations every month! Keep up the amazing work!


          • 21

            I feel like this is very immature and “unprofessional” … of all the people complaining. I don’t believe desktop wallpapers should be something to whine about. Maybe if you were PAYING for a Smashing Magazine subscription or something, but you’re not. Be thankful for what both SM and the Bell Sisters are doing. Stop being babies please.

            I agree with Jonathan full heartedly.


  6. 22

    I like this very idea of changing wallpapers every month and the smashing magazine gives the ammo for this creative weapon to us for free. Thanks for this, thanks to the artists for doing such impressive work and have a very happy christmas time out there.

  7. 23

    NIce collection!!

  8. 24

    “Wicklow Winter’ this frost has so much beauty.

  9. 26

    Nice collection :)

  10. 27

    Christmas Stuff, Snowy Love and Winter Atmosphere were by far my favourites!!! I really like “Snowy Love” and “Winter Atmosphere” for their spectacular photography and “Winter Stuff” for its fun texture. Makes me want to feel it :) Great collection.

  11. 28

    Oh, I love it!
    Every month you make me so happy =)

  12. 29

    Love that Mozart one with the headphones! And all the way from Tanzania? Who would’ve thought….

  13. 30

    Jeremiah Selengia

    November 30, 2010 6:50 am

    Thanks for selecting my calender to be featured. Great collection as always!!

  14. 31

    greatest gift + winter atmosphere + burnout + inspiring well = favorites!!

    especially Burnout one. really inspiring.

  15. 32

    I always look forward to these calendars :)
    My favourites this month are:
    Christmas Past
    Snowy Love
    The Greatest Gift Of All


  16. 33

    Thank you very much for keeping this going. Many are great — including Christine Bradway’s December Dream.

  17. 34

    Nice wallpapers. My favourites: Cosy Retro and Frosted Glass.

  18. 35

    Sssss… feel cold with cold wallpaper! I wish to get warm wallpapers :(

  19. 36

    All of them are wonderful! But I liked ‘Christmas Eve’ a lot!

    Thank you designers and Smashing Team!

    PS: Again, I miss’s wallpaper. Maybe it will be available tomorrow in their website!

    • 37

      I have very busy time last 3 months, so I haven’t enough time to made it and send here. Really sorry. But I’m working on it now, so it should be tomorrow at

      • 38

        Hi! I really like the results of your work! I know it’s not easy, I can’t even imagine how complex it is, but I was used to have a new wallpaper everyday, and a special one every month, so I miss it!

        Thank you!

        PS: By the way, wouldn’t you like to have a volunteer? I know nothing about it (I study Business Administration) but I enjoy it so much that I’m willing to learn! ;D

  20. 39

    Thanks you so much! i love all! :X :X :X

  21. 40

    Thanks for this!! =)

  22. 41

    I love these but I wish there were more “Christmasy” options.

  23. 42

    Really wish I had made one for this month. These all look fantastic. ‘Cosy Retro’ and ‘Fun in the Snow’ are my favs.

  24. 43

    oi, wish some designers remembered half the globe has a summer Christmas/December and did something for us! :(

  25. 45

    My favourites are Fun in the Snow, Frosted Glass, Cosy Retro,New Santa … New Gifts and Snowy Love!
    Nice collection!

  26. 46

    @Vitaly Friedman could you look into a calendar i submitted? It was titled The Sighting. Thanks.

  27. 47

    Francesco Di Vincenzo

    November 30, 2010 8:03 am

    I prefer the Christmas Stuff.

  28. 48

    Alright! They’re finally out. New desktop background again that suits to Yuletide season. Thanks SmashingMagazine guys! You rock!

  29. 49

    Cosy Retro and Burnout 2010. Thanks :)

  30. 50

    I loved the khaos from Costa Rica, nice work!


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