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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: January 2011

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We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one — desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for almost two years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

As the new year begins, we will continue to nourish you with a monthly spoon of inspiration for the next 12 months. This post features 65 free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for January 2011. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

Please note that:

  • All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper and
  • 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?

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

So what wallpapers have we received for January 2011?

Creative Chocolate

"January is a very cold month and it’s a perfect season to drink an hot chocolate. Even better if it’s a Creative Chocolate!" Designed by Fabrizio Venanzi from Italy.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011

One/2011

"And the winner is: January 2011! All the best for the new year!" Designed by Marco Palma from Italy/Germany.

Smashing Wallpaper - January 2011

A Handy New Year

"Being Designers we tend to use our hands a lot, in order to portray our most basic feelings onto a Calendar we substitute the numbers with our hands." Designed by siewhui from Singapore.

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On the ground

Designed by Nathalie Ouederni from the Netherlands.

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Frozen World

"When it is too cold outside you feel like the whole world is frozen…" Designed by Rumena Zlatkova from Bulgaria.

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Treelight

Designed by Nathalie Ouederni from the Netherlands.

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Resolution Bottle

Designed by Tim Fritz from USA.

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Icy Tree Smashing

Designed by Vlad Gerasimov from Russia.

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Drupal 7 is coming

"More beautiful than ever!" Designed by Jaro Mlkvy from Slovakia.

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Silver Winter

Designed by Violeta Dabija from Moldova.

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Quiet Please

Designed by Diana Samoila from Romania.

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Creepy Forest

"The cold, rainy winter carries with it a surreal, gloomy and threatening ambience…" Designed by Ron Gilad from Israel.

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Little Gizmo

"Little Gizmo would like to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year." Designed by Mad Sprocket from USA.

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Winter Fun

"Winter is the greatest time to walk, ski, play snowballs and have fun with friends." Designed by cheloveche.ru from Russia.

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Winter Light

Designed by Patr’cia Segade from Portugal.

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Snowman

"I wanted to convey something wintery, but still joyful, to keep me upbeat when I start up my laptop every chilly morning." Designed by Steph Struthers from USA.

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Winter’s Warmth

"Although England’s winter has been very, very cold – it’s also been bright and colourful. I can’t remember seeing so many outrageously “warm” sunsets. Definitely not going to complain. This was actually taken on Christmas Day. Woohoo! Happy 2011 to you all. :)" Designed by Sasha Bell from England, UK.

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Lost in Winter’s Fog

"One of the most beautiful things about winter is the thick, dense fog we so often get. Sometimes it’s so bad you can’t see 100 yards in front of you. It’s maddening but beautiful at the same time. Happy 2011!" Designed by Olivia Bell from England, UK.

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Winter Forest

"Happy New Year!" Designed by Oxana Kostromina from Poland/Russia.

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Hazy dawn

"I’ve always created wallpapers for my own use. This time I share one of them with you!" Designed by Agnese Ločmele from Latvia.

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Love out of Focus

Designed by Sara Duan.

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Snow Goggles

"Perfect Powder day at Zwšlferhorn (St. Gilgen, Austria)" Designed by Maroni Gschwandtner from Austria.

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In the Snow

"Hidden beauty in the snow." Designed by Rumena Zlatkova from Bulgaria.

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Flowers

"”Be careful – You won’t know which kind of people you will meet. There are good, evil, intrigue, etc. Open your eyes big while seeing the big and awesome world.” – Juanita OMFª" Designed by Juanita Ooi from London, UK (Originally Malaysia).

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Going Home

"Peaceful scenery around my hometown in winter." Designed by Alexander Franzelin from Italy.

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Frost Bitten

"A collaboration between two sisters. One’s a photographer and the other is a designer." Designed by Denise Johnson and Sharleen Heist from USA.

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New Decade

"It’s time to welcome New Year’s 2011 – and say a fond goodbye to 2010.New Year is expected to bring good luck and charm for people and this is the reason why everybody love to celebrate it with fun and enjoyment.I designed this wallpaper to welcome the new year and show the Transition between the two years." Designed by Neelam Asrani from India.

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Twisted Winter

"A cold, vacant, and erie scene of tangled branches. Enjoy!" Designed by Colin Oakes from Canada.

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Hello 2011

"An old rotary phone breaking out of 2 old polaroid photos." Designed by Kristen Cook from USA.

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Smashing January

"My journey of 2011 starts with Smashing Magazine" Designed by Marina Aftab from Pakistan.

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New Year, New Goals

"A New Year means a New Start! Get out and do something this year that impresses yourself." Designed by WaltWinchel from USA.

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Yeti weekends

"The winter sports season has arrived, beware with the deadly Yeti." Designed by joaomalveiro from Portugal.

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Lost Wiseman

"I Decided to make a little joke with the 3 wiseman, so I made them lost,so insted they’re in the desert they’re in a snow region." Designed by Rui Madeira from Portugal.

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Flowers

"”Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard – I am who I am. I am myself. I don’t want to be anyone else. I am unique.” – Juanita OMFª" Designed by Juanita Ooi from London, UK (Originally Malaysia).

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A Door to a New Year

Designed by Christine Bradway from USA.

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Dear Diary

Designed by Maggi Giovanni from Italy.

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Bull fight, the ancient sport of heroes

"Bull fighting, called as Jallikattu is an ancient traditional sport in which young Indian men wrestle bulls with their bare hands. This hand drawn picture depicts the spirit of the gutsy game." Designed by Narendar . N from India.

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Winter Light

"I wish you all a very happy and healthy new year!" Designed by Nathalie Ouederni from the Netherlands.

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CMYK 2011

"CMYK and Prinitng elements" Designed by Sherif Saleh from Egypt/France.

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Smashing 2011

"A smashing 2011!" Designed by Minhaj Mohamed from Sri Lanka.

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2010 memories

"2010 Memories : As the year 2010 approaches its last few days, it’s time to look back on the previous 12 months. All 2010 photos." Designed by Sahra Tamo from Syria.

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Global Greetings

Designed by Sarah Hufkens from Belgium.

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New life

"Forget all bad memories,welcome something new in our lives…" Designed by Nishith from India.

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Purple Dze

"The fog that clouds our thoughts on those rainy winter days." Designed by Nicole Dominguez from United States.

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New Life

"I wish you an Happy New Year! After 12 months of events, emotions, moments, it’s time to restart and continue from the end. Hope everyone has the opportunity to grant his dreams!" Designed by Davide Reppucci from Italy.

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Nike

"Happy New Year :)" Designed by Marta Miazek from Poland.

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Snow Walk

"My dog enjoying the first snowfall at the terrace. After the first walk, she tried to eat the snow." Designed by Luis Herrero Jimenez from Spain.

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Tea and Tiles

Designed by Pietje Precies from The Netherlands.

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New Year Celebration

Designed by Maggiey from India.

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Silent Love

Designed by Han Htut Zaw from Myanmar.

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Tsuru

"An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury." Designed by Pedro Nobre from Portugal.

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Smashing Magazine 2011

"Celebrate a new year with a smash!" Designed by knsqnt interactive from Germany.

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Get started with drupal 7

"Drupal 7: the best version of Drupal yet!" Designed by Jaro Mlkvy from Slovakia.

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Symbol of Love

"Let the coming new year be a start for One love of the world. Humans across all the countries love each other without any difference. With an open heart stop the wars and welcome peace and love between individuals. The Taj mahal which stands as a symbol of eternal love be taken as an inspiration and join the peace for human." Designed by Mohamed rafi from India.

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Communion Cups & Someone’s Coat

Designed by Brad Cerasani from Canada.

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Lumanti

"Lumanti is nepali word which means remembrance. Rememberence of year 2010, every small to big things, sadness to happiness, and our every moment of 2010." Designed by Moksha Design Studio from Nepal.

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International 2011

"We love typography and we’ll love the year 2011." Designed by LOTUM from Germany.

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Another Chance

"Hope for the coming year." Designed by Kellie Gave from USA.

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Wonderful Winter

"A great new year with these lovely deer!" Designed by Agnes Swart from The Netherlands.

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Flowers

"”Hold me tight. Smile to me. You are special. You are not like any of them out there. I feel comfortable with you. So please, hold me tight and never let go. Will you?” – Juanita OMFª" Designed by Juanita Ooi from London, UK (Originally Malaysia).

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Join in next month! Link

Please note that we respect and carefully consider the ideas and motivation behind each and every artist’s work. This is why we give all artists the full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience throughout their works. This is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but rather designed from scratch by the artists themselves.

A big thank you to all designers for their participation. Join in next month!

What’s your favorite? Link

What’s your favorite theme or wallpaper for this month? Please let us know in the comment section below! Wishing you a smashing Two-Thousand Eleven, guys!

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  1. 1

    awesome collection.. nice!

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    Happy New Year to all readers of SM.

    As always a superb collection.

    SM keep rocking in 2011

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    Thank you very much for posting my 2010 memories calendar, Smashing Magazine. It is quite an honour to be included in such a talented selection of wallpapers.

    Happy new year :)

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    I like Lumanti. great.

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    Wow – what a huge collection, but very beautiful. I can’t say I have a favourite, they’re all stunning! Love the thumbs up/down you have added, Smashing Mag!

    Thank you very much for including my wallpaper in this post. I feel very privileged – have a great year everyone. :)

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    Yay! Thank you Smashing Magazine for posting my wallpaper “Winter’s Warmth” It is so lovely to see such a wide variation of snow wallpapers!

    Many thanks again and have a great 2011!

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    Thanks for selecting my calender to be featured!
    I like all, my favourites are: One/2011, A Handy New Year, Silver Winter (wonderful), Winter’s Warmth, A Door to a New Year, Bull fight, the ancient sport of heroes, Tea and Tiles, Silent Love (!!!).
    Happy New Year!

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    2011 mierda ya estamos en el superfuturo

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  9. 11

    Happy New Year SM:)

    ”Snow Goggles” is perfect

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    This is terrible!
    I know this is not “constructive criticism” but this is how I see it. I clicked “dislike” on every piece, because there’s nothing here I wish to see on my desktop.
    You should emphasize on quality over quantity. There are maybe one or two noteworthy designs here but they’re overwhelmed by the massive crap pile.

    I am not a troll, I bought your Smashing Book but… as days go by, I see this website worse and worse. And it’s a pity, because there’s also good content here…

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      I completely agree with this, there is not even a single creative one! Thumb down [SM]

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      Most are very good, some even very good, but there are also ones who are just plain bad!
      The party of 2011, thats not happy! Not to mention the crappy quality, I have seen better ones.

      Good to see most are brilliant and very beautiful.
      Happy new year everybody.

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      It’s not easy to say this in a nice way. But the vast bulk of this collection is very far from being of any real artistic or creative value. Most of it is really embarassing.

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      I agree. Usually I’m always able to find a couple that I really like in each month’s calendar collection, but despite there being 65 to choose from, there were only a few quality ones (severely restricting my choices), and the rest were…well, disappointing. I was very surprised to see 2 Drupal 7 calendars on here as well. I find myself asking, why would any non-Drupal user be interested in this?

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      I agree. I think i just put 2 positive rates this “month”:)

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    I think they are all pretty. However, I don’t like the thumbs up, thumbs down feature. It’s rude.

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      I agree. People are really abusing this feature with their bitchiness.

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      I agree….People seem to be abusing “thumbs down”.. :(

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        Definitely… I guess that’s why Facebook only have “like”! Spread the love…

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        What makes you so sure people are abusing the “thumbs down” button? Did you ever stop to think (now this is going to sound totally crazy) that maybe, just maybe, the designs just aren’t that strong? Who do you know who has time to just jump on Smashing Magazine and hit all the thumbs down buttons for fun? Something tells me that (even if they’re “rude”) if the design is done well enough, folks are going to hit the thumbs up button. Am I missing something here?

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      I’m sorry, but what a bunch of whiny babies :)

      If you don’t want your work criticized, then don’t submit a wallpaper. Criticism is an extremely important piece of becoming a better designer. Removing the “thumbs down” just so the designer can “feel better” is only a way to let individuals continue on with the delusion that there designs are good. Whether it “feels good” or not is irrelevant, the truth of the matter is what counts, whether we “like” it or not.

      SM: Please do NOT do this great dis-service to growing the talent of designers by removing the thumbs down!

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    My favourite is Twisted Winter. No doubt! Happy New Year!

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    Ah, I wish I hadn’t been so busy this month, I’d have loved to design a wallpaper for January! In any case, a wonderful selection here. My personal favourite is “Door to a New Year”.

    Congrats on an awesome year Smashing Team, and a Happy New Year to all =]

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    My fav was “Silver Winter”. Thanks so much to everyone who posts these wonderful wallpapers! Also noted — the new rating system in place now.

    I love many of the designs each month. Some months I use more than one. Thanks for the desktop wallpaper calendars! Love it!!

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    But for two by my view, all the rest are simply lacking in creativity and “new” or “fresh” vision/eye. Not to be too harsh, but a 5-year old could have come up with as simple scenes, settings, graphics and images and used a vtech camera and done as well as almost all of these. Nice that SM has so many selections, though, keep that up. The vote up/down opportunity on the submissions is an excellent feature. Now for ability to make comment on each one in addition to below the fold would be much appreciated.

    Winter light and frozen world could have captured so much more in my opinion. There’s promise there, but neither delivered for me this time around.

    Snow goggles and Frost bitten could have been exceptional, but are just not all that. sorry there’s something there, but little risk-taking.
    the two with a unique vision:

    Hazy dawn Designed by Agnese Ločmele314 from Latvia.

    Tea and Tiles Designed by Pietje Precies709 from The Netherlands.

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      Thank you for commenting on ‘Frozen World’. Will try to challenge myself much more next time.

      In my opinion, ‘Symbol of Love’ has a good idea, but has become too eclectic. Mixing cultures and styles is never easy, so thumbs up for the effort :-)

      My personal favourite is Sasha Bell’s ‘Winter’s Warmth’. Keep up the good work!

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      Thank you for the comment! I appreciate it. One of my favorites, though, is “Winter Light” by Nathalie Ouederni. Beautiful colors!

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    Thanks SM for showing my contribution “One/2011”!
    I was really surprised to see it as the article-pic! Thx!!

    Congrats to all other designers for their awesome wallpapers!

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    Love you SM! Thanks Friedman for posting my wallpaper “Bull fight, the ancient sport of heroes”.

    Here’s wishing you another Year of Super Success !

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    I came here every month to take a wallpaper and use it on my laptop, but this month I see thumbs and I don’t like it because I think that detract merit to the aportation of each one of the contributors. For me every one of the wallpapers it’s beutiful and I dont think that put “like” or “dislike” it’s correct, thats my appreciation.

    Thank you for make my laptop happy… and I wish you a very very happy New Year 2011.

    Gaby a.k.a Gaviotita

    From San Luis Potosi, México.

    PS Sorry my english :o)

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    My thanks to Vitaly and everyone at Smashing for all your efforts in making Smashing a great source of information and inspiration. Best of everything in the coming year.

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    I’d probably suggest only allowing rating up, just like on Behance.

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    i’ve used this site every month.. but this has got to be the WORST selection i have ever seen… i understand being creative with the “calendar”.. but some of us like the standard, Sunday on the left, Saturday on the right.

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      The standard calendar format varies between countries. For example, here in the UK the Monday to Sunday calendar is more usual.

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    I love the yeti!!

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    Very personal opinion: Not the best collection of wallpaper this time. :( was waiting for year end wallpaper collection, but…

    Hope will get to see some great wallpapers again, next month!

    love u and happy new year smashing!

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    HI , I am really happy to see here my wallpaper is featured on
    Smashing magazine..Thanks to Smashing magazine Team. ;-)

    hi ” Rumena Zlatkova ” thanks for the Comment

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    i’m soo glad to be part of it…Thanks for adding my “Samshing January”….. :-)

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    love it all specially (2010 memories) .. it’s fresh, nice and new idea

    thank you SM for the amazing collection.

    Happy new year to all

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    Its very nice ……

    Super………………..

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    happy new year ;)
    i like the idea of yeah or nay from the standpoint of the observer, but i’m not so sure i’d like a lot of nay votes :(
    could it just be yeah? then maybe the designer would not feel bad …
    anyway :)
    lovely choices, i made one also, but did not send it in – it takes me a long time to make 5 diff resolutions : /
    thanks for always giving us some nice things to look at!

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    “A Door to a New Year” is simple but significant.
    Enough of these images of ice, cold, a result that
    can be taken for granted.
    Happy new year!!

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    Happy new year 2011

    Thanks for wallpaper. Many thanks again and have a great 2011!

    Regards
    Ux Revisions

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