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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: August 2014

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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 six 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 August 2014. 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 Calendars series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?

About Everything

“I know what you’ll do this August. :) Because August is about holiday. It’s about exploring, hiking, biking, swimming, partying, feeling and laughing. August is about making awesome memories and enjoying the summer. August is about everything. An amazing August to all of you!” — Designed by Ioana Bitin from Bucharest, Romania.

About Everything

Camping time

“I was inspired by the aesthetics of topography and chose to go with camping theme for the month of August.” — Designed by Nicola Sznajder from Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Camping time

Dessert First

Designed by Elise Vanoorbeek from Belgium.

Dessert First

Shrimp Party

“A nice summer shrimp party!” — Designed by Pedro Rolo from Portugal.

Shrimp Party

Friendly August

Designed by Ricardo Gimenes from Brasil.

Friendly August

Fireflies

“For this piece, I was inspired by what the end of summer meant to me as a child. I remember running around barefoot in the warm grass and catching fireflies late into the night. I wanted this to be a little reminder to everyone of the simpler times.” — Designed by Rosemary Ivosevich from Philadelphia, PA.

Fireflies

Embrace Summer!

“You’ve waited 300 days for summer, better hold on to it!” — Designed by Mira Hoayek from Lebanon.

Embrace Summer!

Let It Bee

“In the summer, I always see alot of buzzy animals, including bees. And because of the relaxing nature of summer, I thought ‘Let it bee!’.” — Designed by Pieter Van der Elst from Belgium.

Let It Bee

Directional Colors

“I have created and recreated this image in my head many times over and finally decided to create an actual copy. The ‘arrows’ have been big lately as my life has shot off into the design field. And the colors, well, they’re just awesome.” — Designed by Tatyana Voronin from the United States of America.

Directional Colors

Falling Stars

“In August the stars are ‘falling’. The more falling stars you see, the more wishes will come true!” — Designed by Olga Bukhalova from Italy.

Falling stars

Go Outside And Play

“If you’re sitting around looking at computer wallpaper, it’s time to get up from your chair and go outside. Have some fun today!” — Designed by Dwight Odelius from Houston, Texas.

Go Outside and Play

Heatstroke

“Even the sun gets a heatstroke in August!” — Designed by Luc Versleijen from the Netherlands.

Heatstroke

Enjoy The Last Month Of Summer!

“Everything is better at the beach, enjoy the last month of summer!” — Designed by Design19 from Romania.

Enjoy The Last Month Of Summer!

A Midnight Summer Dream

“It’s not Shakespeare, it’s Monk, staring at the stars in a warm summer midnight. Just relax…” — Designed by Monk Software from Italy.

A Midnight Summer Dream

Liberty Will Never Perish

“A small reminder from ‘the great dictator’ to all aggressors, oppressors and dictators, inspired by the Nordic Giants’ track Mechanical Minds, font by Denise Bentulan and Gesine Todt, background by some free texture collection I can’t remember.” — Designed by Aydin Demircioglu from Germany.

liberty will never perish

August Is My Favourite

“I love to use my brush lettering when I can, and it seemed appropriate for August. The photo was taken on a trip to Japan, I believe this on is from atop Mt. Fuji.” — Designed by Marshall Taylor from Canada.

August Is My Favourite

Oh La La…. Paris’s Night

“I like the Paris’s night! All is very bright!” — Designed by Verónica Valenzuela from Spain.

Oh la la.... Paris´s night

Imaginative Life

“Everyday, I keep getting impressed by how complicated life can be. But if you use your imagination, you can make it more understandable for yourself and structured.” — Designed by Aveline Estié from Belgium.

Imaginative life

Photography Day

“In honor of my late grandfather, who planted the love of photography in me and it’s been growing ever since!” — Designed by Marc Daccache from Lebanon.

Photography Day

We All Need That Summerbreak

“We should all take a little break from our computers and smartphones for at least once a year and what better month to do so than August? Enjoy the amazing weather that August has to offer and have fun outside.” — Designed by Robin Willekens from Belgium.

We All Need That Summerbreak

Summer Mood

“August is a colorful month, which inspires happiness, so I designed a wallpaper with a funny representation of this summer mood.” — Designed by Alejandra Estefan from Spain.

Summer Mood

Silliness

Designed by Sebastian Navas from Belgium.

Silliness

August in Lyon

Designed by Emilie Grand from France.

August in Lyon

Relaxing Chester

“Nice way to relax in a retro industrial environment with Chester.” — Designed by 021bcn from Spain.

Relaxing chester

With Hustle

“Abraham Lincoln has always been one of my favorite presidents. I stumbled across this quote and knew that I had to do something with it! Here’s to living with hustle!” — Designed by Alyssa Hernandez from Omaha, Nebraska.

With Hustle

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.

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  1. 1

    Thanks for including my wallpaper!

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  2. 2

    Maybe include some less distracting/more minimal images next time?! would be awesome.

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    • 3

      I’ll have something for you come September :)
      Cheers,

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    • 4

      Yes, it would be nice to have some less disturbing wallpapers.

      And also, yet again, only one person cared about retina macbook 2880×1800.

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  3. 6

    The ocean called. They’re running out of shrimps…

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  4. 7

    Thank you for including my Wallpaper! ^^

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  5. 8

    Thank you for including my design! Have a great August!

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  6. 9

    those are my most loved
    among others
    aug-14-august-in-lyon
    aug-14-chester
    aug-14-embrace-summer
    aug-14-friendly-august
    aug-14-go-outside-and-play
    aug-14-heatstroke
    thanks a lot to all involved

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  7. 10

    Thank you so much, I really love your wallpaper

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  8. 11

    One of the better collections I’ve seen :) Paris Night is my fave!

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  9. 12

    About Everything is my new desktop wallpaper this month.
    Congratz to all!

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  10. 13

    Please provide 1366 x 768 images. It’s the most popular resolution.

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  11. 14

    Abraham Lincoln did not say that. It’s a nice quote, but wrong author.

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  12. 15

    I’ve fallen in love with Elise Vanoorbeek’s wallpapers and look forward to them every month and hope she makes one!

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    • 16

      Elise Vanoorbeek

      August 1, 2014 1:25 pm

      Thanks a lot Julie ! It makes me happy ! :D

      If you like my illustrations, I also have a Facebook page (facebook.com/doud.design) and a online shop (society6.com/doud) ! ;)

      See you next month for a new wallpaper !

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  13. 17

    August: Let it bee!!!
    Very nice light, clean design, happy thoughts.
    Thank you!

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  14. 18

    Why are the preview images the same size as the pictures on the list? “Let me se this picture a bit bigger in the preview oh wait it’s the same size..”

    Great wallpapers though!

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  15. 19

    I really like Heatstroke, but… It’s not a calendar. It has numbers, but it’s not a calendar.

    Any chance for a fix? If so, can the double gap between 20 and 21 also be removed?

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  16. 20

    “About Everything”, “Shrimp Party” & “Friendly August” really great wallpapers with creative mind of curvy and sooth colors.

    “Enjoy The Last Month Of Summer!” is very great communication attraction wallpaper i really like it personally. Great job.

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  17. 21

    lovely summer collections! special thanks for some creators for providing 1366×768 dimension

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  18. 22

    Thanks heaps to all the designers again.. you sure make it hard to choose.. Went with the Dessert First.. grappig, doet me altijd glimlachen .. went with the Fireflies as I love dark backgrounds … and the Falling Stars .. dark and funny, so I’m a happy camper right now.. you’re the best girls/guys

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  19. 24

    My favourite this month is “Liberty will never perish”, it’s very good! (and the rest of them are really impressive too)

    Thank you!

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  20. 25

    Love them all especially since I have an August birthday.
    I always try and switch up calendars a few time a week every month. Thanks for making time go by with panache!

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  21. 26

    Photography Day is very cool. I like the way the calendar almost blends into the side of the “old school” camera.

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  22. 28

    Great work guys!
    Downloaded: About everything, Go outside, Heatstroke and Relaxing chester.
    Keep it Up Smashing Magazine!

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  23. 29

    “Friendly August” & “Let It Bee” are my favorites this month.

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  24. 30

    i like this wallpaper very much!

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  25. 31

    Taking the Directional Colors one. Thank you!

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  26. 32

    Thanks for including my wallpaper! :) Great job to all of the other designers as well! Lovely work.

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  27. 33

    So glad to be part of this! Thanks for providing a space for designers to grow!

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  28. 34

    I’ve shortlisted 14. I’ve got some eliminating to do.

    (i.e. Great collection)

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  29. 35

    Fantastic collection, the best I’ve seen this year! Nearly downloaded the entirety but not sure if there’s enough days in August for me to use them all!

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  30. 36

    Let it bee :)
    Thanks

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