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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: March 2012


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 free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for March 2012. 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?

Keep Running Up That Hill Link

"Keep working towards that new years resolution! Be it getting a promotion, learning a skill or getting fit, whatever it is – keep running!" Designed by Andy Patrick from Canada.

Smashing Wallpaper - march 12

I Love My Software Link

"Since it is my birthday this month, I decided to pay a little tribute to 3 softwares that pay my bills and have had made my a job a pleasure to be at :)." Designed by Rihards Gromuls from Latvia.

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Lucky Month Link

"A lucky Irish saying to make you go through St. Patrick’s month." Designed by Agathe Altwegg from France.

Smashing Wallpaper - march 12

Canoe By The Lake Link

Designed by Virginia Saint from USA.

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The Smiley Collector Link

Designed by George Kasapis from Cyprus.

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The Golden Eyed Cat Link

Designed by Omer Faruk Ayranci from Turkey.

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Ides Of March Link

"This is inspired by the play “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare, that I read a few years ago in school." Designed by Mohammed Aaqib from India.

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Waiting For Spring Link

"As days are getting longer again and the first few flowers start to bloom, we are all waiting for Spring to finally arrive. First day of Spring is marked in the calendar for you to remember :)." Designed by Naioo from Germany.

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Good Morning Link

"Good morning!" Designed by Maja Bencic from Croatia.

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Designed by Pietje Precies from The Netherlands.

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March Fusion Link

Designed by Rio Creativo from Poland.

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Spring Creek Link

"A boy and a cat playing near the creek." Designed by from Russia.

Smashing Wallpaper - march 12

Letter From Spring Link

"My calendar represents a dropped letter from spring who is leting us know that she is arriving and soon enogh. I chose the colors red and white because in Romania are some traditions related to this colors for the month of March." Designed by Miclaus Andreea from Romania.

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Hello Spring Link

Designed by Forsaken from France.

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The Spring Link

"Springtime!" Designed by Kris Koubaddy from USA.

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8vo Gas Link

Designed by Octavo Designs from USA.

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Cyrkiel Link

Designed by Michal Michno from Poland.

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Spring And Owl Link

Designed by Katerina Bobkova from Ukraine.

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Shock The Monkey Link

"Shock the monkey to spring." Designed by Riccardo Salucco from Italy.

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Marching Martians Link

"Mars, Martians and marching, all joined together in this wallpaper." Designed by Ron Gilad from Israel.

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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.

Stay creative and keep on smashing!

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  1. 1

    :[ Why don’t the good ones ever have normal calendars? I can’t tell what days those lined up things are on. Bleh.

    • 2

      This is precisely my problem. Designers, please bear in mind that some people have a hard time keeping track of time if you use a linear calendar. I seem to have some kind of temporal dyslexia, which is why I download the calendar in the first place. Thanks!!

    • 3

      That’s one reason why I like Letter From Spring so much. It also is cleaner, which works well for wallpaper.

    • 4

      Personally, I quite enjoy the linear calendars :D …but having the option would be nice?

    • 5

      Amen! The linear calendars are really hard to use and the whole point of having a calendar on wallpaper is for convenience! Please please please more wallpapers with “normal” calendars. (I adore the cookie one this month.)

  2. 6

    Marching Martians is brilliant :)

  3. 11

    I decided to go with Keep Running Up That Hill for March. Thanks :)

  4. 14

    Like always… No 1366×768! How long do we need to fight for this resolution? :(

    • 15

      I own two monitor one with 1366×768 and another with 1600×900. No single wallpaper with that resolutions. I am so disappointed ;(

      Anyways good collection of wallpaper :D

    • 16

      2. Add calendar with rainmeter, geektool, or Photoshop.
      3. There is no step 3
      4. Also note that a 1920×1080 calendar [several options this month], scales down to both 1600×900 AND 1366×768 perfectly. Either adjust it yourself in photoshop, or just use the larger file size version and let your wallpaper manager do it.
      5. Enjoy!

  5. 17

    Keep Running Up That Hill definitely stuck out. Totally my favourite. :) Great work!

  6. 18

    “Ides of March” has two 25th’s. No 26th.

  7. 19

    I love these backgrounds! My only beef is that so few are in 2560×1440, which I would think would be more common since this is a design community.

  8. 20

    The Smiley Collector is excellent


  9. 21

    Strange, too few 1366 and 1600 resolutions.. :( I guess I will soon say goodbye to sm wallpapers…

    • 22

      There are plenty of choices this month, as always … as long as you know that:

      2560×1440 and 1920×1080 are the same as 1366×768 [technically 1366×768.375, but I doubt you’ll notice that 3/8 of a pixel skewing]
      1920×1440 is the same as 1600×1200.

      Enjoy your travels!

  10. 23

    keep running on that hill, the sweet good morning girl and I love my soft wares are my fav !

  11. 24

    Please please please make it mandatory to have 2560×1440 as part of the submission!!!!!!

  12. 25

    These are fantastic! Thank you for sharing these, and thank you to the artists who designed them! I’m sharing this page with everyone I know.

  13. 26

    Analía Antenucci

    February 29, 2012 5:53 pm

    Great selection!! Spring is pretty inspiring, huh? :)

  14. 27

    Cookie fun and spring owl favs. Thanks.

  15. 29

    I’ll say it AGAIN. Calendars should have the option to begin the weeks on a SUNDAY! What a shame. Many cute unusable calendars. Disappointing. Again.

    • 30

      I agree, Dee: usable calendars are great.

    • 31

      The calendars are free. The designers make the calendars however they want. You can always download the version without the calendar and add a calendar yourself. That would require more effort than simply complaining though, I suppose.

  16. 32

    Yeah, only “Spring and Owl” have the most important date in March marked. Many thanks to Katerina. Guys, think of the Women’s Day on 8th! Make your girl or women a joy. Flowers are a goooood idea. :)

  17. 33

    IDES OF MARCH is witty. Like the humor. The calendars are a great way to keep people coming back to the site.

  18. 34

    “Keep Running up that Hill” did it for me! Thanks!

  19. 35

    I, too, am not crazy about the calendar layout with Mondays first, but I like the designs so much, I put up with it. Thanks so much, for brightening up my desktop!

  20. 36

    Cookie Fun is so cute and refreshing. Love it ^^

  21. 37

    Love the selection. Keep it up!

  22. 38

    More rarely I see wallpapers that I like… :(

  23. 39

    March Fusion is the best.
    Always many thanks, SM.
    Yours sincerely from Italy.

  24. 40

    great collection! thanx

  25. 41

    I love Canoe by the Lake. Thanks again for a fantastic selection of calendars.

  26. 42

    I am not satisfied at all of this collection the previous ones were amazing :/
    Too bad!!

  27. 43

    Cookie Fun is my fav — love it!! :)

  28. 44

    My favorite: Spring And Owl.
    The indeterminate mood and color echo the weather and climate of the month.

  29. 46

    Please keep this going, SM & artists. I use them monthly! :)

  30. 47

    I love Hello Spring


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