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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2011


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.

We continue to nourish you with a monthly spoon of inspiration. This post features 30 free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for May 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:

Mountains In May

"Mountains In May was inspired by the grandeur and beauty of the mountain ranges I visited on a journey in China. The lushness of the forest and the life growing around me reminded me of the beauty that mother nature privileges us with. With a quote in mind from Thomas Malory and my newfound awe with nature, I set about to create a wallpaper that will hopefully take you into the sights and experiences that I had. To feel the freshness of a morning and the beauty in each new day." Designed by Christian Casimir Teo from Singapore.

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Explore. Dream. Discover.

"I have always loved this quote. Something very whimsical about it. Design inspiration from Anthropologie." Designed by Morgan Lofing from United States.

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Designed by Jonathan Paul from Germany.

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La Ensalada

Designed by Xenia Latii from USA.

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Jewel Bug

"Truly a jewel captured on lens – the jewel bug!" Designed by Sureshsathanur from India.

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A Colorful May

"May is here, the winter is over, and it’s time to fill our creative pipes with new colors!" Designed by Ron Gilad from Israel.

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Forest Spring

"Forest Spring." Designed by Kakyaprovelleto from Ukraine.

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Mr Fisherman And The Cat

"An old fisherman is having a nap nearby a lake. In the meantime a curious and hungry cat is trying to steal his fishes. Is it going to succeed?" Designed by Ester Liquori from Italy.

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May Sun Brings Fun

"”Sunny holiday season is the time to play a lot of games and to have more fun. In addition to physical fitness, these Indian native games develop skills like aiming, concentration, basic mathematics, hand-eye co-ordination and also increases the bonding between generations. Happy Holidays guys!”." Designed by Narendar. N from India.

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Ready For The Summer

"You know summer is on its way when people start lounging on deck chairs! Picture taken on a beautiful day at Brighton." Designed by Suety Kwan from United Kingdom.

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It’s Getting Fresh

Designed by Thomas Rutzer from Germany.

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Vintage Spring Impression

Designed by Pietje Precies from The Netherlands.

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From Springtospring

"I created this image as a gift for my girlfriend. Where together 11 months now and so I figured “Hey where back in the season that we got together”. Hans the title: FromSpringToSpring." Designed by Christian Benstein from Netherlands.

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Mr. Mouse

Designed by Valerija Oslovcan from Croatia.

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May Day

Designed by Vladimir Kudinov from Russia.

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"Green and yellow – our favorite colors for may 2011." Designed by Lotum from Germany.

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The Freedom Of Colour

"We recently lauched our new website and branding with these cool colour strips. Many people have complimented us for the idea so we decided to create a wallpaper and share it with the world :)." Designed by Graham Holtshausen from South Africa.

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Birdhouse Or Birthhouse…

"May may bring a lot of baby birds ;-)." Designed by Nathalie Lansbergen from The Netherlands.

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Venetian Mask

"I have always been completely captivated by Venetian masks and fans. May is my birthday month and Iwanted to try and capture the masks’ haunting allure and beauty as a present for myself. I had never really used gradientmeshes in Illustrator before, so I challenged myself to learn the tool and use it to challenge my own artistic ideas.I’m very happy with the end result and I hope you guys enjoy it as well!" Designed by Jessica Midence from USA.

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Zombi Picnic

"Any company’s OK for a small picnic in May." Designed by from Russia.

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Wood Work

Designed by Johanna Kempenaar from Sweden.

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Muffy The Alien

"This wallpaper is based on our own comic character, Muffy, at Daily Overview. This cheeky kiddy alien loves playing tricks on others, and plans jokes way ahead just to get the last laugh. Put him on your desktop to brighten up your day!" Designed by Daily Overview from Malaysia.

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May Hem

Designed by Lance Becker from USA.

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Breathe In The Air

"Clean and light air. Breathe and feel life!" Designed by Fabio Toscani from Italy.

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May In Orange

"…an orange-retro wallpaper for you!" Designed by Marco Palma from Italy/Germany.

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Obrero Del Pixel

"The pixel buddy is called “Obrero del pixel” in spanish is the buddy for my webpage." Designed by Carlos Carreno from Argentina.

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Fade To Black

Designed by Vinteum from Brazil.

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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.

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  1. 1

    ready for summer

    • 2

      Thank you for liking mine :)
      And many thanks for Smashing Magazine for showing my wallpaper!

      My favourites are are the first two: Mountains in May and Explore. Dream. Discover

      • 3

        thats nice to know, ready for the summer’s in my favourites of the month too.

    • 4

      Robert Tremblay

      May 4, 2011 8:26 pm

      The colorful bug…

  2. 5

    Awesome creatives as always… Loved the “May Sun Brings Fun”… It really bring back my childhood memories…

    Kudos to Smashing magazine for showcasing such talents…!!

  3. 8

    Thanks for the lovely wallpapers! Gorgeous as usual.

  4. 9

    Can you guys please upload these wallpapers as a zip file???

  5. 11

    The Mountains In May is absolutely amazing!

    • 12

      Hey thanks alot thats really nice to know! Awesome encouragement for a designer starting out.

  6. 13

    Mr Mouse!

  7. 14

    Love “A colorful May one”

  8. 15

    Love Explore. Dream.Discover

    • 16

      I liked the quote so much that I cropped it, printed it and posted it up on my bullentin board at my desk. Its a good way to remind me what I am doing with my life.

      • 17

        Agree with you about quote. I did similar thing-copy and paste on FB wall. Sounds very inspiring..

  9. 18

    Zombi picnic made me laugh out loud. Very cute. I also loved “Explore Dream Discover.” Great quotation, and the picture reminds me of my beloved home state, where you can truly see for miles and miles.

  10. 19

    I love all ! But my favorite wss the last one Obrero Del Pixel

  11. 20

    The Freedom Of Colour

  12. 22

    This month I go with the mouse. I like darker wallpapers because they save power on laptops.

  13. 23

    Mr Fisherman And The Cat = hilarious!

  14. 24

    I am really happy to see my wallpaper “May Sun brings Fun”. Many thanks to the Smashing magazine team :)

  15. 25

    May Day from Vladimir Kudinov… it`s a WOW! Thank you for wallpapers!

  16. 26

    Alex Patin Design

    April 29, 2011 10:22 am

    I definitely have to throw my vote for the Zombie Picnic one. There has been a drastic difference in quality of these wallpapers over the last couple of months. I love almost all of these! Very great post, and I’d love to see more wallpapers of this quality in the future.

  17. 27

    Are you kidding me?

    April 29, 2011 10:27 am

    These are even worse than March and those were really bad. Whoever is selecting these images should be reassigned to a different project.

    Perhaps you should put up all the submissions you receive and then allow readers to vote on the top 20-30, then post those images with and w/o calendars, etc.

    • 28

      You don’t have to cry out loud if your wallpapers aren’t picked. I appreciate the work of the editors to present the best wallpapers among the submitted ones. Actually, I like this selection a lot, much more than the one from March.

      • 29

        Are you kidding me?

        April 29, 2011 7:35 pm

        I’ve never submitted one, let alone created one. I’m merely pointing out that the selection, month after month, are of identical style, color, and artistic quality.

        It’s time to mix it up before SM becomes irrelevant.

        • 30

          one think for sure.. how you know that the one that wasn’t pick is better than the one that was picked?

    • 31

      Really, it’s not editors’ fault:) I do believe they chose 20 best out of 60 they got.

      It’s not their fault that repeating psdtuts tutorials or applying lomo action in photoshop counts as a design these days:)

      Though I like Obrero Del Pixel artwork.

  18. 32

    Awesome as always!

    “Explore. Dream. Discover.” captures the month of May perfectly

  19. 33

    Patrice Poliquin

    April 29, 2011 12:28 pm

    Mountains In May

  20. 34

    What happened to the guy who does the wooden hand puppets? Those were great. And I think there needs to be a few more from the Southern Hemisphere. Spring desktops don’t work well when it’s Autumn.

    • 35

      Actually I downloaded ‘Explore, Dream, Discover’ and it’s great. Thanks to the artist :)

  21. 36

    Erik Kubitschek

    April 29, 2011 1:44 pm

    I like the Ranger~

  22. 37

    Tracy Klinesteker

    April 29, 2011 3:41 pm

    This is so fun trying to pick which one…!
    I chose “Green” for my desktop and “Venetian Mask” for my laptop.
    Thank you all artists for your great work and Smashing magazine for the forum.

  23. 39

    Cheryl Stephenson

    April 29, 2011 5:25 pm

    Explore Dream Discover. This never gets old for me. Inspirational.

  24. 40

    Love the the freedom of color! Simplicity and dark colors should rule wallpapers most of the time :)

  25. 42

    Love your wallpaper . keep up the god work

  26. 43

    I love “Explore. Dream. Discover”.it’s wonderful~

  27. 44

    Honestly I didn’t like any pic maybe some colors in wallpaper.
    But I have to thank all for their effort.

  28. 45

    all are great, but i think i will put the may day,, Mr Mouse is funny ! :D

  29. 46

    What a great way to being a new month ! Windows 7 Themes are up at the usual place :)

  30. 47

    I simply fell in love with May Sun Bring the Fun by Narendra. It surely strikes a cord with every Indian kid (and every adult who is still child at heart!)…because it sums up our summer vacation…the fun, the frolic, the outdoor games in the hot sun…the time spent with friends…moms yelling at us asking us to come back home for lunch…That’s how I wish kids today should spend their summer vacations too…not by confining themselves to the comfort of air-conditioned homes, playing virtually on their iPads or Comps or PS3s or watching TV…Instead…they should venture out and find their own summer adventure…

    That image surely made me nostalgic because it captures my childhood memory so beautifully…and yet the fact that every Indian kid would see a part of their childhood in that one image…

    Beautiful…All outdoor games and Boy, was it fun! Thanks Narendra for helping people like me relive those beautiful memories once again…

    • 48

      Thanks for your comments.
      I have also played lot of games as these. But nowadays, many of these native games have been forgotten. I wish they must be encouraged.


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