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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: October 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 over 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 28 free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for October 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,
  • 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?

Oct Deco

"Inspired by the granite work at Grand Central Station. I imagine this being an engraved tile on the floor as the sun sheds its last gleaming moments." Designed by Frank Candamil from USA.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Tribute To Lennon

"I decided to make a tribute to a great singer and peace keeper because my dad was a fan of John Lennon and the Beatles, and while I was a child I’ve consumed the art of music more then any other art! This work is also for school, and I expect to have a good final average and become a graduate graphic designer! Peace." Designed by Daniel Faria from Portugal.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Autumn Grunge

"Autumn Grunge is a simple wallpaper that is heavily textured and helps you to embrace the fall." Designed by Colin Whitehurst from Philippines.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

October Faces

"In a nice Sunday morning excursion I collected the most cute and fun natures presents of Autumn — chestnuts! With a spare pen drew faces on them for fun… and then, my idea was born! They are my October faces ;)." Designed by Alkminnie Nestoridou from Greece.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Halloween Spooky Background

"Spooky Cartoon Halloween wallpapers for October holidays with vintage texture." Designed by Benoit Chartron from France.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Singing Masters

"I found this passage long ago in a very old book of poetry. It brings to my mind the images of October — haunted graves, rusty iron gates, ravens, and bonfires." Designed by Heather St. Marie from USA.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Ghost Halloween

Designed by Tiago Santos from Portugal.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Save Water Drink Rain

Designed by Marika Smirnova from Russia.

Smashing Wallpaper - october 11

October Apples

"A simple beautiful photo for an elegant country-inspired desktop." Designed by Greyarea Snc from Italy.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Crystal Nature

"This October you can let your imagination guide you through places that never existed — or maybe they do exist behind our screens!" Designed by Isaac Zakar from Greece.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Frisbee Tribute

"I love frisbee. Spending time outdoors, on a sunny day, throwing the disk with a couple of good friends makes me very happy. This wallpaper is my tribute to the disk! :)." Designed by Danijel Gajan from Serbia.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Dark River

Designed by Michal Loboz from Poland.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Sweet Monster

"Happy sweet monster special for Smashing Magazine’s readers." Designed by Ryumina Elena from Russia.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Colours Of Dream

"October for ComoYoDsg is a month of changes. Just this month my Web site is changing colours and layout. I want to share it with you with these wallpapers that form a part of my new design. Enjoy it!" Designed by Comoyodsg By Dovi Vausk from Spain.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Design Is Life

"Design is Life with all its Patches & Shades in it. Design is so closely attached to everybody’s life with nature, lifestyle, fashion, trends and so many things around." Designed by Lucky from India.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011


"Autumn is the mushroom season. Be vigilant. Do not abuse." Designed by from Russia.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

This Is Halloween

"Scary bats and spiders, frightening skeletons, delicious candies and lollies and ominous black cats and carved pumpkins… All bundled up together and you have a perfect Halloween. Trick or treat!" Designed by Soraia Mendes from Portugal.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Spectral Splendor

"A wide array of spectral colors break open, this October!" Designed by Sureshsathanur from India.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Fallen Gold

"Elegant typography gracefully sits interlocked within a pile of golden autumnal leaves." Designed by Dave Hewer from UK.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Creepy October

Designed by Roland Szabó from Hungary.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Pale Docktober

Designed by Andreas Sofantzis from Greece.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011


"The celebration wallpaper has flowers, sprinkles of vibrant colors and sparkles of fire crackers depicting Diwali on the 26th, the biggest festival of indians in the month of October brings in joy and happiness, peace and harmony." Designed by Hiren Rawal from India.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Autumn Retreat

"A simple autumn we’d all like to enjoy." Designed by Allen from USA.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Pretty Autumn

"”I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.”- Nathaniel Hawthorne”." Designed by Barney from Hungary.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

The Undertaker

"This is a photograph a “Felt Creature” that my sister made. I took this photo for her website and I thought it would make an excellent Halloween themed calendar for October!" Designed by Stuart Hamilton from Northern Ireland.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

Chorapo’s Famous Stew And Tacos

"A typographic treat from your favourite October slashers!" Designed by Ryan From Embarkr from USA.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

King Sorrow

Designed by Ladell Bryson from USA.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011


"This is my tribute to the awesome and beautiful designed videogame “Limbo”. Enjoy and share if you like this drawing." Designed by Jonas Duri.

Free Desktop Wallpaper - October 2011

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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 Favourite? 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

    I like Celebration, beautiful!

    • 2

      I Like it… Not much submissions on Diwali this year though!!
      Nice attempt.
      Thanks :)

  2. 3

    Thanks for sharing my work titled Creepy October! All the other contestors’ calendars are super-cool! Smash on, Guys! =)

  3. 4

    WOW!! Our first calendar pubblication!!
    Thanks a lot Smashing! :D

  4. 5

    Oct Deco is looking at me from my desktop right now. As always, thanks for the great collection!

  5. 6

    Loving ‘Come play with…’ – great typography!

    Question for the designer though: how come it’s not Freddy, Jason & Michael? Not a criticism, just wondering.

    • 7

      Ha i know right, better with all first names or all last names…But those were the names i typed out and just rolled with it

      • 8

        Not sure that it’d be ‘better’ necessarily, just wondered if there had been a reason for it.

        Can’t blame you for rolling with it, top notch wallpaper! One of my favourites of all time.

  6. 9

    Chandrakant Bagade

    September 30, 2011 5:17 am

    Well done guys. I was not partcipated this month. I will come on with fresh new with creative and attractive in next month. I like “Limbostyle” and “Design life” wallpaper. “Limbostyle” is a cool and jhakkkas!!!

    Again thanks a lot for sharing nice wallpapers.

    Congrats guys!!!

  7. 11

    This is my first publication and I am very excited :D Thank you for choosing my wallpaper and congratulations too all the designers!

  8. 12

    Hard to choose, as usual:D But for personal reasons for this month I choose Creepy October-I’ll have a lot of stress during next few weeks, and I need a little pick me up. I think Creepy October does that for me:) Thank you SM and congrats to all the artists, I think you did an amazing job and I really respect your talents.

  9. 15

    Thank you for this opportunity was my first participation thank you for choosing my wallpaper :D

    Best regards

  10. 16

    Wow. Smashing mag is back i guess, Pale Docktober, Autumn Retreat and Fallen Gold are the best

  11. 19

    Nice work, and my favourite from this month goes to… “Design Is Life” by Lucky from India

  12. 20
  13. 21

    I look forward to these every month! My favorites are definitely Fallen Gold and October Apples, but I plan to have most of them on repeat! :D

  14. 23

    best collection in a long time! many great seasonal choices. thanks!

  15. 24

    Best one is ” Design is life” from Lucky. Sweet, simple and crisp

  16. 25

    That Oct Deco is CLASSIC, can the author reup without OCTOBER letters? thnx in advance!

  17. 26

    Wow, great to be added on here! I especially loved all of the other designs, great work everybody!

    Limbostyle is by far my favorite one on here! It goes great with the theme while doing something original and not expected! Well played!

  18. 28

    Some really great ones this month! I can’t ever pick… so I have a few on loop. New one every day! Love Autumn Retreat and Spooky Halloween Background the best.

  19. 29

    I wish there’s a 1280×1024 of the Lennon wallpaper…

    • 30

      I´m going to make that size Simon!
      Thanks to smashing magazine for select my walpapper.
      This was my first time lol

  20. 31

    I like King Sorrow! Really good work!

    Thanks for sharing!

  21. 32

    Thanks for sharing, i like Limbostyle !)

  22. 34

    So many wonderful ones this month!! Am going to be changing my wallpaper background often! First fav, Halloween Spooky Background!

  23. 35

    Another good not great collection of October calenders. I love design is life the best. A lot of the halloween ones are pretty generic in my opinion.

  24. 36

    My compliments to Daniel Faria and his Tribute to Lennon.
    This is the first linear calendar design I’ve seen that’s inherently and intuitively readable.

  25. 37

    Great collection, everyone did a great job! My favorite this time has to be Autumn Grunge :)

  26. 38

    Nice to see a nod to the scary guys. I love the one from Ryan by Embarkr for that reason. Overall these are much better quality than last months I think.

  27. 40

    “October Apples” is quite neat, gets my vote!

  28. 42

    I love the Apple’s one too! It’s ok for a good usage of desktop.

  29. 43

    Last month was an trivial selection. This month, I found 4-5 that were really nice, IMO, and several that displayed a genuine creative talent.

  30. 44

    October Faces and October Apples gets my votes. Thanks!


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