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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: September 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.

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

Autumn Invaders Link

"Invaders of autumn are already here. Make sure you are well prepared!" Designed by German Ljutaev from Ukraine.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

Man On The Moon Link

"A tribute to Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), the first man to ever walk on the moon." Designed by Paula Rupolo For Garment Printing from United Kingdom.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

September Calendar Link

Designed by Vlad Gerasimov from Russia.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

Photo Manipulation Link

Designed by Joana Machado from Portugal.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

Beautiful & Bizarre Link

"The Beautiful is always Bizarre – a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson." Designed by Roland Szabo from Hungary.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

Colorful Trees Link

Designed by Blazoon.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

Back To School Me Hearties Link

"19th September is ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’ and September is the month our children go back to school after the summer holidays here in the UK. We have combined these two things to bring you the ‘Back to School me Hearties’ desktop wallpaper calendar. We hope you enjoy exploring the wonders of Holiday Island and manage to escape the waiting terrors at School Island! Perhaps you would rather walk the plank and face the shark infested waters than return to School Island?" Designed by Donna Hall and Loren Grosvenor from United Kingdom.

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Life Link

"This drawing was done first as a pencil sketch, then traced and colored in Photoshop." Designed by Szabina Korsos from Hungary.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

Chained Lake Link

"Chain in a lake (Garda, Italy)." Designed by Toci Jimenez from Spain.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

Deadline Bridge Link

"He who would cross the Deadline Bridge
Must answer me,
These questions three
Ere the other side he see.
— Wallpaper is based on the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”." Designed by Patrycjusz Brzezinski For from Poland.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

Autumn Memories Link

"September shares with us the end of summer. Autumn is coming, all around is full of orange shades, a perfect weather to relax, to admire the infinite world from your window." Designed by Simona Gosu from Romania.

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Hot September Link

"Summer’s heat is too exhausting. Let us just rest for a little while." Designed by Zis | Inbal Zissu from Israel.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

Frederique In September Link

"Frederique is a satiric comic strip about hanging around at beaches, getting rejected by hot chicks and enjoying life with full blown optimism." Designed by Richard Dancsi from Hungary/Germany.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

Head In The Clouds Link

"Keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground." Designed by Kari Andresen from USA.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

Back To School Link

"A simple illustration capturing the emotions of going back to school." Designed by Mark Mcgall from Northern Ireland.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

September Bliss Link

"This wallpaper represents both the early autumn (with orange colors) and back to school (with paper texture in the background)." Designed by Elise Vanoorbeek from Belgium.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

Last Days Of Summer Link

"Summer is saying goodbye to one of Vilnius’ streets." Designed by Karolina Przesmycka from Poland.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

World Literacy Day Link

Designed by Cheriyan Manalel from India.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

Autumn Owl Link

Designed by Katerina Bobkova from Ukraine.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

Early Fall Link

Designed by Colin Whitehurst from USA.

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Nine Link

"I’m always interested in bridging language and cultures with design. In this wallpaper, I introduce a Chinese idiom with the word ‘Nine’ (in red, pronounced Jiu) – corresponding to September, which is the ninth month of the year. What’s different here is that I’ve constructed my own Chinese words instead of using Chinese fonts – I’ve broken up, joined and bridged glyphs from the Didot font and formed these words – so it’s actually a very visual, design-oriented approach to bridging languages. Hopefully if time permits, I’ll complete the set and do one design for each month, each with a different Chinese idiom containing the number of the month." Designed by Teo Yu Siang from Singapore.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

Under The Sea Link

Designed by Ana Henao from Colombian in Spain.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

Traces Link

"A little boy is going to school. His foot traces are as sad as he is." Designed by Mypoint from Poland.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

September Map Link

"Map for the month." Designed by Sherif Saleh from France.

Smashing Desktop Wallpaper - September 2012

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.

Stay creative and keep on smashing!


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  1. 1

    My favorite is “Traces”. Minimalist and remembered me when i was a child and have to go back to school after summer holidays…

  2. 2

    Autumn Invaders is AWESOME! Love the texture, love the use of leaves, and love the game!

  3. 4

    Love the first one! *downloads and uses right away*

  4. 5

    Nothing beats “Invaders of Autumn” for me. Great throw-back design in multiple ways. Already displayed on both monitors (a day early).

  5. 6

    Only one 2880×1800 wallpaper? :(

  6. 7

    Great collection September 2012, kudos to all!
    I like the color tones and texture feeling in “Autumn Invaders”.
    And yes, I welcome the initiative of the author of “Nine” to initiate us into the mysteries of Chinese language.

  7. 8

    Autumn Memories is definitely my favorite this month.

  8. 9

    Great collection this month.

    Funny thing (or not?), how the perception of going back to school is so bad in general, like a punishment. It speaks a lot about the whole education system.

  9. 10

    I just love your monthly wallpaper compilations! Chained Lake this September is great, some mystery in it. They are all inspiring, so thank you, good job!

  10. 11

    Great wallpapers there! Colorful Trees is my new wallpaper now.

  11. 12

    Finally it’s here for September. I have been waiting since morning here in India. Awesome work!!

  12. 13

    Love the Colorful Trees by Blazoon. Hope to see more such “dark-ish” wallpapers next months :) One improvement on that – sundays could have been noted in red/orange color.

  13. 14

    Autumn Owl is so cute!!

  14. 15

    why so many of them are so childish?
    where is the DESIGN?

    • 16

      Maybe they are childish because it’s back to school… I don’t appreciate you nasty comment. Is it because you tried a design and it didn’t get chosen bew hew!

    • 17

      Hungry Caterpillar

      September 5, 2012 4:23 pm

      I wouldn’t consider them to be ‘childish,’ maybe ‘fun’ ? You need to lighten up a little, from what I see, the word DESIGN can be applied to all these. If they are not your taste then design your own, don’t criticize something that is given to you for free.

  15. 18

    Autumn invaders

  16. 19

    LOVE the submarine one too bad you did not have my screen size. Thanks again :)

  17. 22

    Hey the owl is back :D it always be my favorite..
    Thank you Katerina Bobkova!

  18. 23

    Nice design Cheriyan Manalel ..

  19. 24

    Nice design Cheriyan ….

  20. 25

    Fabulous Collection With the Each photo drop one message!!!

    Simply Awesome Collection!!!

    Thanks For the Sharing Have a Happy September all of you guys

  21. 26

    Great wallpapers..

    Keep it up.

  22. 27

    I am sorry to note that, but more than half of the wallpapers this month look not professional. It used to be better earlier…

  23. 28

    my Favorite magazine design is World Literacy Day ..I love it.. excellent design Mr cherian

  24. 29

    Great collection but it occurs an Error HTTP 500 (Internal Server Error) for every single link…. no downloading….. :(

  25. 32

    “Traces” is Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. 33

    Hmmm…. Which to choose? ‘Last Days of Summer’ … or… ‘Traces’. Both are good… Traces wins.

  27. 34

    collection are greta as before, no doubt every wallpaper express something and much more about the month
    my like goes to “Autumn Invaders” which is first one in the display.
    Really There is no dead end for creativity.

    Thanks to all designer who made this possible and “smashing magazine” too.

  28. 35

    Where’s something from somebody in the Southern hemisphere? September is considered the first month of spring on this side of the world- I was hoping for something fresh and spring-y!

  29. 36

    Simply superb…

  30. 37

    Love “Under the sea” !!! Nice one


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