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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: December 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 30 free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for December 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?

December Blue

"December Blue is reminiscent of a scene from a classic Christmas stop motion film." Designed by Colin Whitehurst from Philippines.

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Retro Christmas

"Inspired by the old Christmas cards and 50’s style." Designed by Joao Lima Jr. from Brazil.

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"I really like christmas sweaters, and you are better." Designed by Zachary Vandehey from USA.

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Christmas Winter

Designed by Shravan Mishra from India.

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Designed by Matej Loncko from Slovakia.

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Crayon’s Snowy Sailing

"When I was a little girl, I was greatly fascinated about the magic of crayons. I still am. This illustration pays homage to the humble crayon. A life shared with children (and grown-ups who refuse to grow old). A small but a colorful, textured life. This winter season, I want to portray “Crayosa” as she peacefully sails through the snowy sea, carried by the stack of crayons in different shades of blue and purple." Designed by Jessette Dayate – Catral from Singapore.

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Sign Of The Times

"The Holidays, the Winter Solstice, the End of the Calendar Year. Make sure you stop and enjoy December for it will be January before you know it." Designed by Deidra Wilson from USA.

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Winter Wonderland

"I took this photo whilst walking in the heavy snowfall in the UK last December." Designed by Ben Young from UK.

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Holiday Lights

"It’s that magical time of the year. One can never have enough twinkle and glow!" Designed by Tirelessweaver from Canada.

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Merry Christmas Wallpaper

"Have a pleasant christmas and enjoy this beautiful time." Designed by Christian Goldemann from Germany.

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Simple December

Designed by Lisa Temes from Canada.

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Hand Drawn December

"Warm, hand drawn letters defrost a cold month." Designed by Sean Mccabe from USA.

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Tongue Stuck On Lamppost

"Boy with tongue stuck on lamppost." Designed by Josh Cleland from USA.

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"Christmas for pixel-lovers!" Designed by Lotum from Germany.

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Winter Flakes

"A slightly different take on the traditional green and red of the holidays with delicate snowflakes and a touch of mistletoe." Designed by Soochie from USA.

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Jingle All The Way

Designed by Aeri Jeong from Australia.

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Father Frost

"Happy new year! Na zdorov’je!" Designed by from Russia.

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Candy Cane Monster

Designed by Agnieszka Malarczyk from Poland.

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Merry Xmas

"Merry Xmas to all! December is the month of christmas, parties and shopping, and we all love it! Merry Xmas  —  don’t you just LOVE December?" Designed by Supreet Singh from India.

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Night Snow

"Watching swirling snowflakes in the night sky is one of my favourite parts of the winter season. Cold, but beautiful!" Designed by Natalie Schulze from USA.

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Love Christmas

Designed by Mateusz Mackowiak from Poland.

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Pow Time

"I’ve created this wallpaper in hope that december brings us many inches of bright white snow. There’s plenty of fun outside with this frozen water anyway!" Designed by Marek Chrenko from Slovakia.

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Who Ate All The Christmas Cookies???

"Just a bit of Christmas fun with the birds Pipita and Milo. This time with a new (still nameless) character: the magpie stole all the Christmas cookies Pipita just made and of course she’s angry at Milo (as usual). Have a fun Christmas (and watch out for cookie thiefs!;))!" Designed by Nicole Bauer from Germany.

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The Little Things

"A wallpaper to represent the “Holiday Spirit” that is less commercial, and more inspirational by illustrating 150+ little things that mean everything." Designed by Winsome Interactive from USA.

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International Christmas

Designed by Roland Szaboka from Hungary.

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Deer December

Designed by Crystal Ho from Canada.

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Turkish Barbecue

Designed by Credo Global from Turkey.

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Give More

"Remember to always give more than you take. If we could all do this, the world would be a much better place." Designed by Nathan Miller from USA.

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Time Is Ticking Away

Designed by Marcus White.

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Southern December

"I can’t help but associate December with chilly nights and roast chicken, but here’s a little something for the Southern Hemisphere! Picture taken at Kamari beach, Santorini." Designed by Suety Kwan from USA.

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Mister Snowman

"Mister Snowman is coming." Designed by Thomas Danzo from France.

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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 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

    Fantastic collection. Love’em all!

    • 2

      Angelica Meletiou

      December 1, 2011 4:05 pm

      THE LITTLE THINGS is one of my favourites (difficult choice as it is a beautiful collection) I will change it after my birthday on the 16th with a Christmas Theme… most probably with RETRO CHRISTMAS, thank you for the great designs and I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy 2012.

  2. 3

    Excellent designs! I like all of them.

    Thanks the designers.

  3. 4

    Best collection I’ve seen on here all year; I’m going with ‘Christmas Winter’.

  4. 5

    Thanks very much for adding my Calendar! Merry Christmas to all readers and everyone at SmashingMag! It’s been a great competition this time, too! =)

  5. 6

    Let me just say I love these designs. The company I work for recently decided to stop designing desktop calendars due to a needed change in resources and responsibilities. While I understand and agree with the change, I was a bit disappointed as I look forward to having a new desktop calendar each month. I am so excited that I have found these calendars and they are absolutely wonderful!!!! Even better than what I had before! Kudos to the artists! I had a tough time picking just one and I’m more than likely going to change my desktop throughout the month because I just couldn’t pick only one design!

  6. 7

    Like them!! Really nice!

  7. 8

    they are all very good this month.Really like christmas winter

  8. 9

    Night Snow is my favorite. Easy on the eyes and I can see my desktop icons haha.

    • 10

      Glad you enjoy it! I download these every month but this is my first submission and I’m very happy it was selected :)

  9. 11

    I really enjoy Night Snow. The placement of the calendar on the right is a great spot.

  10. 12

    Tongue Stuck On Lamppost and Pixel are the best

  11. 13

    Holiday Lights!! Wicked!

  12. 14

    Wonderful collection- think I’m going to have to switch out among several this December! Thank you to the designers for the hard work- cheery wallpaper definitely brightens my workspace.

  13. 15

    Loved this collection! Had a hard time choosing but ended up with Hand Drawn December. Thanks for sharing your artwork!

  14. 16

    Some nice stuff. Did mine not get on because of copyright by any chance? :(

  15. 17

    Great work SM, really great collection. Firebirds is best though!

  16. 18

    for me, december blue and pow time are the best :)

  17. 19

    Again no 1366×768… I feel so bad :(

    • 20

      Once again, 1366×768 users have no choice. :(

    • 21

      alway… !!! I think we have to change our monitor… :)

    • 22

      Maybe someone could rework a few wallpapers for us? I’m not a Photoshop master and I would really like those funny birds designed by Nicole Bauer from Germany on my desktop ;)

    • 23

      There is a txt file we have to fill in as we submit our calendars, and there is no option for an 1366×768 resolution. My laptop has this resolution as well, btw, and it’s sad that we don’t have this possible. You know what? I’ll email The Smashing Guys about this idea.

      • 24

        According to wikipedia 1366×768 is the second most common resolution for internet users (behind 1024×768). Maybe let them know that as well.

    • 25

      If you need a substitute, the closest height/width ratio would probably be 2560×1440. Its ratio is 0.5625, whereas 1366×768 is 0.56222548… so it’s really not that far off, just some simple resizing. Hope that helps!

    • 26

      You can use the 2560×1440 one!! They have the same aspect ratio. ;-)

  18. 27

    Just had to comment! I think this is the best bunch yet…thank you to your team for putting together and giving away such great work. We appreciate it!!

  19. 28

    Now I know what it feels like to be in the final few… it’s nerve-wracking scrolling through all the fantastic entries! Thanks SM!

    If I had to choose my favourites… I love Simple December and Sweater, but I’ll be rotating between a lot of these.

  20. 29

    Question: what if you guys made an rss wallpaper feed for each calendar, so that every day the day of the month changed. Artists could even add Easter eggs into the 30 days of art…. Just a thought as i sit here and enjoy another great month of creative calendaring :-)

  21. 30

    Great wallpapers everyone!

    There’s a bit of a typo in the intro article though:
    “This post features 30 free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for November* 2011. ”

    Should be December, no?

  22. 31

    This is the first month that I’ve ever used a few of the wallpapers! I love so many of them!

  23. 32

    How to download all of wallpaper?

  24. 34

    I downloaded several, but my favorites are Merry Christmas and Simple December. Fabulous typography on both!

  25. 35

    My favorite is Hand Drawn December. I love the illustration and the usable calendar.

  26. 37

    Great wallpapers!! Christmas Winter is the best for me :-)

  27. 38

    What a nice job! I liked many, but my favorites were Firebird and Holiday Lights.

  28. 39

    Impressive designs. Good work. Two favorites are Hand Drawn December and International Christmas.

  29. 40

    I changed mine to hand-drawn December. Thanks for your never-ending inspiration.

  30. 41

    international Christmas is my take


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