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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar 2010: Vote For Your Favorites!


The year has come to an end, and it has been a pretty eventful one. In particular, we’ve received so many more wallpapers than ever before: in total around 2,000 submissions. Only a few of them made it past our final selection to be published on Smashing Magazine. We express our sincere gratitude to all of the designers who took the time to design and submit their work for the contest. We truly appreciate and respect the hard work you guys have put into your art!

To encourage you, our dear readers, to submit your artwork next year as well (here are the details), we have decided to present you with some of the best desktop wallpapers from 2010. You can vote for your favorites, and we will award the top five with some useful, interesting design books. The winners will be determined by the number of “likes” they receive. And please feel free to visit the websites of the designers featured in this post!

(Update 20.12.2010: Congratulations to our Top Five: The Colours of October, Haiku on Hanami, Pink Morning, Splatter and Little April!)

The Colours of October

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

Smashing Wallpaper - October 2010

1st place!

Haiku on Hanami

"And the wind says swish, swish…" Designed by April Joy E. Jasmin from the Philippines.

Smashing Wallpaper - March 10

2nd place!

Pink Morning

"Some watercolor, inspiration and good mood!" Designed by Oxana Kostromina from Poland/Russia.

Smashing Wallpaper - november 10

3rd place!


"Inspired by an area of my painting studio." Designed by Stephanie Crisalli from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - april 10

4th place!

Little April

"In the spring I have a lot on my mind and no rest day." Designed by Anna Skibinska from Poland.

Smashing Wallpaper - april 10

5th place!

New Year Inspiration

"Essential tools for the new year! Have a great year!" Designed by Phidev Inc. from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 10

Paper flower

"Colorful design made in illustrator and retouched in photoshop." Designed by Guillermo Mantilla from Mexico.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 10

Pizza and Wings

"Football season is coming to an end and March Madness is about to begin, carb up." Designed by Ashleigh Liggett from the United States.

Smashing Wallpaper - february 10


"This is a bird (Tangara desmaresti) from my contry, with the colour from ours symbols and flames." Designed by Romy Campos from Brazil.

Smashing Wallpaper - february 10


"Happy Valentine’s Day." Designed by Dragos M from Romania.

Smashing Wallpaper - february 10

Super Mario bros 1985

"My 25th anniversary tribute to Super Mario bros." Designed by Davide Vicariotto from Italy.

Smashing Wallpaper - March 10

Unknown Beauty

"I’m a 21 year old student from the Netherlands. My school project was to make a wallpaper for this contest ^^So i did..Why the girl? this was my first vector and i wanted to show you all. Greetz, Jeroen van den Brand." Designed by Jeroen van den Brand from the Netherlands.

Smashing Wallpaper - april 10

Design Sleep Design

Designed by Krystian Kubicki from Poland.

Smashing Wallpaper - april 10

Spring Flower

"Shot with a 50mm lens. I love bokehs. And this flower was so springy I had to shoot it. Enjoy and Happy Easter!" Designed by Anca Varsandan from Romania.

Smashing Wallpaper - april 10

The End of Explorer Calendar

"For friends of MSIE, here is “The End Of Explorer” may 2010 desktop wallaper calendar, in a Variety of resolutions from 320×480 (iPhone) to 2560×1600! Hope you’ll find some size here to fit with your desktop ;-)" Designed by Benoit Chartron from France.

Smashing Wallpaper - may 10

May Happen, May Be

"”May Happen, May Be” is all about possibilities… we can all get out of our cages, maybe in may!" Designed by Thais Trizoli from Brazil.

Smashing Wallpaper - may 10

Focus on Work

"This wallpaper design is supposed not to distract your attention, but to make you focus on work. This might work if you keep your desktop clean enough ;)" Designed by Andrei Verner from Russia.

Smashing Wallpaper - may 10


"A grunge take on Rapunzel!" Designed by Cindy Zhang from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - may 10


"With the Stanley Cup Finals this month, I thought it fitting to roll out a Hanson bros. wallpaper. If you haven’t seen Slapshot, see it. One of the greatest sports movies of all time." Designed by Dan Sweet from USA.

Smashing Wallpaper - june 10

It wasn’t me

"Actually there no special meaning behind that wallpaper. :) I just had this idea of a cute monkey character and this is what came out of it. ;)" Designed by Nicole Bauer from Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - june 10


“Summertime and the livin’ is easy…” Designed by Osiris Magro from Spain.

Smashing Wallpaper - july 10


“Just folding ribbons and watching their paths…” Designed by Thais Trizoli from Brazil.

Smashing Wallpaper - july 10
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  • without calendar: 320×480, 1280×800, 1440×900, 1680×1050, 1900×1200
  • Ducks Muffin Summer

    “Inspired on a story of two people who met on-line. A duck and a muffin.” Designed by Irene from Spain.

    Smashing Wallpaper - july 10
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  • without calendar: 1024×640, 1280×720, 1280×800, 1440×900, 1680×1050, 1920×1200
  • Aves Lacuna

    Designed by Kyle Wheaton from Buffalo, NY, USA.

    Smashing Wallpaper - august 10


    “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


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

    Smashing Wallpaper - august 10


    "I made a 9 on the fence with nails and woolen to express the tension. It has come to the ninth month of 2010. Still working hardly and stressfully? Take it easy!" Designed by Ssu-Hua Chen from Australia.

    Smashing Wallpaper - september 10

    Autumn Skyview

    "Laying on field watching the sky above, leaves are falling, autumn is coming." Designed by Jaro Mlkvy from Slovakia.

    Smashing Wallpaper - september 10

    Autumn Paper

    "Autumn is the season that’s most calming to me. Perfect weather, an array of colors, and a great source of inspiration to designers." Designed by Bogdan Lazar from Romania.

    Smashing Wallpaper - september 10

    Love Birds

    "Celebrate love and be free. Happy September to everyone!" Designed by Martina Skender from Croatia/Israel.

    Smashing Wallpaper - september 10


    Designed by Nicolle Marie from USA.

    Smashing Wallpaper - October 2010

    Any Browser

    "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.

    Smashing Wallpaper - October 2010

    October 2010 Wallpaper

    "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 Chartron from France.

    Smashing Wallpaper - October 2010

    Symbian World

    "Scene from Symbian World." Designed by Anna Alfut from the UK.

    Smashing Wallpaper - october 10

    The Words I’ve Never Said To You

    Designed by Matteo Palazzani – Palastar Photography from Italy.

    Smashing Wallpaper - October 2010

    Rose Petal

    "Don’t underestimate the true beauty of a single dried rose petal…." Designed by Thuy Truong.

    Smashing Wallpaper - november 10


    "I’d like to fly away to warm countries for winter." Designed by Marta Miazek from Poland.

    Smashing Wallpaper - november 10

    UX cake

    Designed by WitFlow from Poland.

    Smashing Wallpaper - november 10

    December 2010 Wallpaper

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

    Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

    Christmas Stuff

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

    Smashing Wallpaper - december 10


    Designed by Fabio Toscani from Italy.

    Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

    Spider Web

    Designed by Mohd. Aaqib from India.

    Smashing Wallpaper - december 10

    Fun in the Snow

    “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

    Thank you for your efforts and time everyone! We’re definitely looking forward to your wallpaper submissions in 2011! Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

    (vf) (ik)

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    1. 1

      Rapunzel and spider web are simply awesome!

    2. 2

      Love Colours of October!!

    3. 5

      “The End of Explorer Calendar” – no more words needed!

    4. 6

      The Colours of October FTW

    5. 7

      Nice, 3 of those were on my desktop this year :)

    6. 8

      Starleaves is awesome. others r good too.

    7. 9

      “Colourful autumn leaves” designed by Anna-Lena Lewerenz

    8. 10

      As a front end developer, the UX Cake is AMAZING!

    9. 11

      Fun in the Snow is my current wallpaper – love it!

    10. 12

      I’ve been a great fan of the Symbian wallpaper series. ‘End of MSIE’ ? That’s wishful thinking isn’t it? :p

      Seriously though, I didn’t see ‘Design Sleep Design’ first time round; I really like it!

    11. 13

      Valentine color is superb.. it gave feeling of love. I like it !

    12. 14

      I like Fun in the Snow, I think it’s very touching :) and sweet

    13. 15

      Props on the slapshot wallpaper! I’m from Johnstown so I’ve seen it about a million times haha.

    14. 16

      Where are the ones WITH a calendar?

    15. 17

      Love “Little April”!
      (And I even was born in April ;)

    16. 18

      Love these wallpapers! I’ve used many of them as desktops both at work and home.

    17. 19

      yay, this article brings back memories of 2010, a lot of the wallpapers nominated were actually my wallpaper back then.
      voted for Haiku on Hanami, Little April, Spring Flower (i love bokeh too), and Any Browser (this one is because im a web dev haha so much for bias)

    18. 20

      I do love for Any Browser. Hahahaha. It’s awesome :D

    19. 21

      Superstar rocks definitely!
      Tss. I had it on my desktop for months;)

    20. 22

      +1 to Haiku on Hanami and Design Sleep Design
      Cool ones, I mean twos >.<

    21. 23

      Not sure I agree with the “thumbs down” option. Is it really necessary?

    22. 24

      I had voted all…. But I want to suggest one thing, why don’t the votes can be hidden? before voting by the visitor. By this way the visitor would vote without confusion and following others.

    23. 26

      This one is easy, if you downloaded the wallpaper during that month, it should get a thumbs up. If you passed over it, then you didn’t care of it then and you should thumbs down it now :) Keep up the good work SM. Can’t wait for the new book either!!

    24. 27

      Superstar !!

    25. 28

      All wallpapers are beautiful but i like the most “Haiku on Hanami”.

    26. 29

      Little April designed by Anna Skibinska99 from Poland.

    27. 30

      there were much better ones than this selection. but again, i’m not a designer, so i guess thats fair enough. eg. i enjoyed Olivia Bell’s ones and some others.

    28. 31

      Am I missing something but for the most part are these incredibly boring?

    29. 32

      Wow! my wallpaper put up for vote. I’m very glad!
      Thank you Vitaly and Smashingmagazine!
      “Splatter” is my favourite!

    30. 33

      Congrats Anca V. You have 2 nominees. Way to go girl :)


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