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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: June 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 four years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for June 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?

Without Angry Link

"This bird is cool not angry :-)." Designed by Tinjo Thomas from India.

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Hello Summer Link

"Flying people are saying hello to summer." Designed by Paul Capcan from Moldova.

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Chromatic Baba Link

"Baba(sadhu) is the Hindu ascetic who has renounced caste, social position, money, and authority and occupies a special place in Hindu society.He absorbed all colors from a spiritual life, devoid of material pleasure, mostly engaged in visiting holy places." Designed by Yoshita Singhai from India.

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Fontstache Link

"This piece pays homage to Mr. Roger Hargreaves, creative kids author to such imaginative stories as Mr. Messy and my personal favourite: Mr. Bounce.We utilized the ‘Curly Brackets’ and titled each according to the font type that was used. Appropriate for the month of June as we celebrate Father’s Day this month." Designed by Pop Up Factory from Milton, Ontario, Canada.

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Go Nuts For Donuts Link

Designed by Bonnie Bladen from USA.

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Brjs – Playing Cards Link

Designed by Gisela Eblagon from Argentina.

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Sunset In Jamaica Link

"Photo from a recent trip to Jamaica edited to give a retro look and feel." Designed by Tommy Digiovanni from USA.

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Beach Link

Designed by Lotum from Germany.

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Dreams Link

"This is the summer of dreams. Go get them!" Designed by Nandor Tamas from USA.

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Friendly Fire Link

Designed by Roland Szabo from Hungary.

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June Romance Link

"Mark and Jenny Linn are, perhaps, the dreamiest and the most romantic couple in the whole world. Their love story began in a vintage San Francisco bookstore 5 years ago and continues till the present day. In June Mark and Jenny usually arrange aspecial dinner to watch the night sky and make a common wish for the future, while watching the falling star." Designed by Maria S. from USA.

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Magic Night Link

Designed by Mateusz Mackowiak from Poland.

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Africa Link

Designed by from Russia.

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Fruit Ninja Did This Link

Designed by Ioana Bitin (aka Yoot) from Romania.

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Basketball Nagraj Link

"Nagraj is an comic superhero in India. In this wallpaper you can see Nagraj as a basketball. I made this a little fun because in India June is a Holiday season for children." Designed by Sandeep Virk from India.

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Retro Smile Link

"This is the retro photography of my aunt from 1964 photographed in the beautiful village near the city Nis in Serbia." Designed by Marija Zaric from Serbia.

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Vidovdan – Folk Festival Link

Designed by Tihomir Budic from BiH/Republika Srpska.

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I Need Holidays Link

"After a busy year, we need a long vacation!" Designed by Gopango Networks from Spain.

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Out Of The Box Link

"Release your creativity!" Designed by Ajan Navaratnasingam from London, UK.

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Fete De La Musique Link

"La Fete de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, is a music festival taking place on June 21, read more on wikipedia." Designed by Sherif Saleh from France.

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June Pastures Link

Designed by Nishant Sapra from India.

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Illustration Link

"Vector hand drawing illustration of beautiful woman’s face with flowers in her hair and floral pattern behind her." Designed by Jane Lane from Russia.

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Euro 2012 Link

Designed by Katerina Bobkova from Ukraine.

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Paris Summer Link

Designed by Martina Pitбkovб from Slovakia.

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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

    Nice collection of well colorful desktop wallpaper.Thank you for sharing,

  2. 2

    EURO 2012!!! yeahhh!

  3. 3

    Hate the Africa wallpaper. It boarders on racist. Should be removed. Sad that you thought it was ok to post in the first place.

    • 4

      In what way is it racist?!

      Great collection again this month.

      Euro 2012 for my small monitor, Sunset in Jamaica for my iMac!

      • 5

        I’ll admit that when I saw the Africa wallpaper I immediately thought of the style of caricature that used in the past in racist illustrations. Not to mention the primitive theme. I highly doubt the artist meant for that (or at least I’d like to think so) but I can see why Shawna could see it that way.

        Other than that, the collection of wallpapers is great.

      • 6

        Jeremiah Selengia

        June 1, 2012 6:50 pm

        In what way is this racist?

        1. It depicts Africa and African people are all wearing leopard print primitive clothing and hunt with spears.
        2. We are all dependent on aid, from the developed world which the robot clearly shows.
        3. It’s ignorant, yes there are tribes who still wear primitive clothing and still live the same way as they did hundreds of years ago. But they are all in mainland areas and not by the coast as the image depicts. Furthermore being from Russia which is not the most friendliest of countries towards foreigners, adds to why this is racist.

        • 7

          1 – No, it doesn’t. If you’re going down that route, then the BBC sting which featured Massai tribesmen jumping is also representative of the whole of Africa.

          2 – The wallpaper isn’t saying Africa is dependent on aid. As I see it, it’s a representation of a situation in certain parts of the continent, which is well documented throughout the world.

          3 – A sweeping generalisation about the race of the artist? I hope the irony of that isn’t lost on you…

          SM – Thanks for the link! I don’t think that any sort of justification is needed from yourselves or the artist. Doesn’t really matter though, I can’t read Russian!

        • 8

          Fruit ninja is my favorite one =)

        • 9

          I am African and I am not offended by this at all.

          1. Yes!! Even in 2012, Africans wear their traditional clothing that includes leopard skins, columbus monkey furs, spears, shields, huge earrings, goat skins, bangles etc. While you seem to have a problem acknowledging this, I am quite proud of our indigenous wear. Its got swag!

          2. My friend, it is good to admit that most countries in Africa are dependent on foreign aid, with some government budgets receiving up to 40-60% supplementary assistance in foreign aid. How you interpret that the illustration is a depiction of African dependence on foreign aid must lay in your interpretation the robot. You are implying that the robot must be foreign and cannot be ‘made in Africa’. How did you come to that conclusion? Are you implying that Africans cannot make robots? I think the robot is from Africa, specifically, the robot was designed by Sam from Togo. Check out a video of his robot :

          3. It is not true that the people whom you say wear ‘primitive clothing’ all live inland and are not found the coastal part of the country. In my country, we do not wear ‘primitive clothing’, we wear our traditional attire on occasion and we wear it proudly. Second, these people who wear this primitive clothes, including myself, are found all over the country, in the cities, the beaches and inland.

    • 10

      Yeah, the Africa one creeps me out too.

    • 11

      Chris Sargeant

      June 1, 2012 3:23 pm

      Calm down, I don’t think that was something the creator intended. This is a sutuation where intent should be considered.

    • 12

      Smashing Support

      June 1, 2012 5:59 pm

      The artist portrays different illustrations with the robot ( — no racism was intended at all. He also explains in a post that this wallpaper is dedicated to African children in Africa (

      • 13

        Hope you now calm down – see there is no racism ! :D

      • 14

        Just because it wasn’t intended doesn’t mean it is not racist. I find this offensive. Many times racism is not intended, but society says its okay. This is not okay.

        Smashing Magazine should be more responsible and think about what they are doing.

  4. 15

    Hi! My choice is Brjs – Playing Cards. What does it mean Brjs?

    • 16

      BRJS are the consonants of “BARAJAS” in spanish means “Playing Cards”. Thanks!!!

  5. 17


    May 31, 2012 6:17 pm

    Resolution of my new monitor in work is 2560×1600 – first month in a few years i’ve not been able to have a smashing magazine wallpaper :(

  6. 21

    Kudos! June favorites: Chromatic Baba… Beach… Retro Smile… Illustration. I like them for all sorts of reasons, but one I’ll point out: wallpaper shouldn’t encourage a headache at the end of a long day. While I loved the design simplicity and the feel of Paris Summer, orange and red on my monitor make my optic nerves, well… nervous. Also, others probably like them, but personally I’m not too stylistically fond of cartoon-is vector wallpapers of the Friendly Fire and Basketball Nagraj ilk. I do love seeing artists’ work from all over the world though… Kudos again, SM. Great collection!

  7. 22

    My favorites are I Need Holidays and Brjs – Playing Cards. Great illustrations and usable calendars.

  8. 24

    Nice collection.. thank you!

  9. 25

    They’re ll so creative! But my fav is the Illustration of the beautiful woman’s face… clean and unexpected but very summery. : )

  10. 26

    My Favorite is Sunset In Jamaica but would recommend that the date be located slightly higher… As I can’t see it with my fixed bottom Menu bar..

  11. 27

    Sunset in Jamaica is just stunning!

  12. 28

    I like Brjs – Playing Cards

    It is really nice. Thanks!

  13. 30

    Thanqch a lot guys…
    All wallpapers are awesome…great work

  14. 31

    There must be huge number of entries every month from which SM teams filters out the selected calendars. Kudos to the SM team.
    Any guesses how many entries would have been there in total for a particular month?

  15. 32

    Wow! Rarely from these post can I say I have 8 favourites! Usually 2 or 3 stand out but I adore so many of these. Great work from all.

  16. 33

    Not your best selection this month – most are just too banal, not enough punch. The Chromatic Baba one is beautiful though.

  17. 34

    Hello everybody. Out of the box is my favorite this month. I prefer wallpapers with a lot of free space. June must be colorfull and sunny, I see it in those triangles flying out of the box. Nice idea : “bravo” as we say in French !

  18. 35

    i love these every month. although i must say, all the summery designs make me feel a bit left out here in the southern hemisphere :)

  19. 36

    The Chromatic Baba was by far my favourite. The fontstache one was pretty fun too.

  20. 37

    I love Out of the Box. Thanks very much~!

  21. 38

    “Out Of The Box” on my desktop at work now, as much needed incentive for creativity :)
    Thanks, Ajan.

  22. 39

    I just love I need Holidays !!! The monkey is so cool!

  23. 41

    Like the beach, the cards, and outside the box. Would enjoy seeing any of these three for a month on my desktop. Thanks for sharing.

  24. 42

    Awesome collection colorful desktop wallpaper.Thank you for sharing,

    I like Chromatic Baba Most , also beach and Last Illustration I love it.


  25. 44

    I really love June Pastures, but Illustration and June Romance are close runner ups.

  26. 46

    Shortlisted 8 for my dekstop. Has got to be one of the best batches I’ve seen so far.

    Thank you, once again, to SM & contributors!

  27. 47

    My vote’s for Fruit Ninja. Not so much for the Ninja as for the story that was conveyed in just one frame. That’s good comic strip stuff there.

  28. 48

    All are equally good.

  29. 49

    Vigneshwar Raj

    June 2, 2012 7:05 am

    Basketball Nagraj – Hilarious !

  30. 50

    Bobkova is always my favourite!


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