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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: November 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 November 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?

Days Go By

“Days go by so slowly in Autumn.” Designed by Mirjana Bajic from Serbia.

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Remember November

“This wallpaper is our tribute to great movie and graphic novel.” Designed by Agence Studio and German Ljutaev from Ukraine.

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A Sea Of Leaves

Designed by Arkadiusz Radek from Poland.

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November 2012

Designed by Vlad Gerasimov from Russia.

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Content Nuggets vs. Data Catchers

“Novius OS is a new CMS built-on “Create Once Publish Everywhere” principle and is powered by these stranges creatures called content nuggets and data catchers.” Designed by Jack Mü – Novius Os from France.

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Smoke Kills

Designed by from Russia.

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“Here is a wallpaper that celebrates the arrival of the spring in the southern hemisphere.” Designed by Finxduvey from Argentina.

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Moustache Movember

“Movember is a moustache growing charity event held during the month of November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health.” Designed by Michael Jones from Australia.

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Bursting Chestnut

Designed by Vlad Dusa from Romania.

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Abstract Peacock Wallpaper

Designed by Faria Malik from United Arab Emirates.

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Autumn Leaves

“Fall season brings out the best colors in nature. Even after rainfall, the bright fiery leaves still maintain their warmth and beauty.” Designed by Shay Pessah from USA.

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Give Thanks

Designed by Jeny Dowlin from USA.

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Autumn Choir

Designed by Hatchers from Ukraine / China.

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First Icicles Of The Coming Winter

Designed by Aleksandra Sivoronova from Latvia.

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Through The Looking Glass

Designed by Andrei Terbea from Romania.

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Designed by Forsaken from France.

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Night Dragon

“A hand-drawn dragon flying through the galaxy.” Designed by Bronte Allen from Australia.

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Fall Harvest

“For this month, the Fall Harvest theme is done using a scan of my original oil painting.” Designed by Beth Jenna from USA.

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Under The Mask

“Dreamy look under the half mask.” Designed by Goran Kojadinovic from Serbia.

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Calaca. The Day Of The Dead.

“This illustration was created to celebrate the dawn of one Calaca, in the Day of the Dead (El dia de muertos) this year this year that the world ends, as some say.” Designed by Celsius Pictor from Spain.

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Perfect Desktop

“Because a perfect desktop is an orderly desktop!” Designed by Elise Vanoorbeek from Belgium.

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Mustache Movember

“It’s time to grow out your mustache and celebrate mustache Movember!” Designed by Marina Zhukov from USA.

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Designed by Cortando Pixeles from Argentina.

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My Sweet Home

Designed by Paarva Creations from India.

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Rainy Days

“I love penguins!” Designed by Vihra Petrova from Bulgaria.

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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 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 fav – Abstract Peacock, thanks :)

  2. 3

    Lovely, lovely…Lots of moustache. Even peacocks look like moustache:D I love everything Vlad Gerasimov does. Also like Days Go By, First Icicles Of The Coming Winter and the saying from Give Thanks. However, I am a sucker for autumn leaves so it’ll be a choice between Autumn Leaves and A Sea of Leaves. Congrats to everyone and thank you. You really make me happy with these calendars.

  3. 4

    Some great wallpapers this month – I wont be using any of them though… you need to make them available for dual screens. Having the same image repeated on both screens is lame

    • 5

      @Simon I use DisplayFusion to show different desktop backgrounds on dual screens (one is a 22″ in landscape and the other is a 17″ in portrait).

    • 6

      I won’t vote you down…instead I will offer some advice. Upgrade your computer to Windows 8! I have 4 monitors and each one has a different image that changes at a certain interval.

    • 7

      You can just ‘shop them together to give the illusion that there are two images then set your desktop background method to “tile” and you have your dual backgrounds.
      Just make sure the total height and width of the document/image match your two resolutions.

  4. 8

    Loved “November 2012 – Designed by Vlad Gerasimov”. Very nice colors and is easy to see the weekends. And has the big 27″ screen size too =D

  5. 9

    Dimitri Reifschneider

    October 31, 2012 6:22 pm

    Hey great work! I love these wallpapers!

    Recently I had that idea, that it would be great to have the possibility to download all images in a zip file. On a mac you can then select the folder and change the wallpapers automatically each day.

    Can you provide a download link to get all images?

    Thanks in advance, Dimitri

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  7. 11

    Very nice wallpapers, especially those from Serbia :)

  8. 12

    Unfortunately the sea of leaves background has the 10th highlighted instead of the 11th! It’s my favorite one too.

  9. 13

    “Día de los muertos”, “Bursting Chestnut” and “Ubuntu Quantal Quetzal” are my favorites. Thanks!

  10. 14

    I don’t like this month’s wallpapers! :( too childish!

  11. 15

    The last one was my favorite. I love penguins too!

  12. 16

    days go by is my favor,thanks!

  13. 17

    I love this wall paper. Those were artistic, colorful and inspirational. I want it some for my Mac wallpaper. My favorites are “Bursting Chestnut” and “Give Thanks”. The Bursting Chestnut is described what I feel this month, sweet November and Give Thanks is my appreciation to unknown who always give the blessing. I love green. A sea of leaves and autumn leaves are nice. Thank you very much for all wonderful wallpaper, each of them have a great artistic. Amazing!

  14. 18

    I think Remember November looks awesome to me.

  15. 19

    Abstract Peacock Wallpaper is nice

  16. 20

    Nice to see a turkey with peacock feathers!

  17. 21

    “Thanksgiving” is the best for me.

  18. 22

    I like that there is one for the start of spring for those of us who are south of the equator (Australia in my case), I hope there is a summery Christmas one for December too!

  19. 23

    Sorry, but wallpaper “Rainy Days” has incorrect calendar..

  20. 24

    I want to see more serious works, interesting and original technique. Photos it’s ok, but there are a lot of photostock where U can find millions pics with leaves! Illustrations are too childish and have weak technique, sorry guys! Last months have wallpapers from the same agencies and artists which have same works and same style again and again – no variety( I can pick out only 2 works – Remember November by German and Fall Harvest by Beth. Thx!

  21. 25

    Is there a way to subscribe to these wallpapers? I’d love to have an RSS-stream of them which would change the wallpapers each month…

  22. 26

    I like Vlad Gherasimov’s green-scarlet quetzal – which is the national bird of Guatemala, for those interested. Welcome back to S.M.’s monthly wallpapers board, Vlad!

  23. 27

    How is it determined which desktops are available in which size? The first few I really liked this month are not available in 1024×768 so they don’t look right on my screen! Boooooooooooo

  24. 28

    I think Perfect Desktop is really good !! I also like Calaca. The Day Of The Dead and Give thanks.

  25. 30

    Very disappointed this month. One word: RETINA. Please post more wallpapers in the future that have a high enough resolution for Retina screens (2560 x 1440)

  26. 31

    awesome collection thanks for sharing :)

  27. 32

    Slim pickings this month. None of them really appealed to me, so I chose another one from October’s selections (sans calendar).

  28. 33

    Um…not so much this month, guys. You’re usually my go-to for wallpapers! So many of these are so…bleh. Please do better for December!!

  29. 34

    “Thanksgiving” is awsome. I guess there should be wallpapers of 1920-by-1080 and 2560-by-1440 resolutions. :) perfect for my iMac.
    BTW Thank you.

  30. 35

    My favorite is Abstract Peacock


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