Desktop wallpapers can serve as an excellent source of inspiration. However, if you use some specific wallpaper for a long period of time, it becomes harder to draw inspiration out of it. That’s why we have decided to supply you with smashing wallpapers over 12 months. And to make them a little bit more distinctive from the usual crowd, we’ve decided to embed calendars for the upcoming month. So if you need to look up some date, isn’t it better to show off a nice wallpaper with aAbstr nice calendar instead of launching some default time application?
This post features 70 free desktop wallpapers, created by designers across the globe. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free.
So what wallpapers have we received for February 2010?
Please notice that you can also download the February 2010 Windows 7 Theme, prepared by Tim Heuer for Smashing Magazine and its readers.
[Offtopic: by the way, did you already get your copy of the brand new Smashing Book?]
"I thought I would like to make something relevant to the Aussie readers of Smashing Magazine. This is what February in Australia looks like!" Designed by Eli Burford from Australia.
Pizza and Wings
"Football season is coming to an end and March Madness is about to begin, carb up." Designed by Ashleigh Liggett from United States.
"First time I try to paint a sketch in the computer. Beginner… but I like it! :)" Designed by Alicia De Freitas from Venezuela.
"Remember the excitement of Valentine’s Day when you were in grade school? Remember the cheesy Valentines cards and the sugary treats; the silly love predictions? I’m hoping to invoke a sense of nostalgia with “Childhood Sweethearts.”" Designed by Leisha Farrell of Feral Bytes from USA.
"The inspiration for this illustration was russian rock’n’roll-song “Pharmacist, judge, beaver and owl” by Maksim Leonidov." Designed by Andrei Verner from Russia.
"Big lovers!" Designed by Giada Degli Agostini from Italy.
"February is the month for doing the things you love and loving the things you do." Designed by Heldrik Lynch from Peru.
Love is all around me
"February is a month when everyone and everything radiate love!I wish you to love and be loved:)" Designed by Anna Volkova from Russia.
"Eternal battle between photographers – to use them or not to use them…" Designed by Martin Cajzer from United Kingdom (originally Poland).
"Sometimes the best laid plans fail… even on Valentine’s Day." Designed by Popephoenix from United States.
It’s a French Kind of Love
Designed by Nicole Dominguez from USA.
"I’ve been wanting to play with a steampunk-themed design for a while. So, I made that the goal of this month’s design. I started out with some watch pieces and I added in some grunge textures and played with the color palette. I really like the way the end result looks like rust, and has a real gritty quality to it." Designed by Arcane Palette Creative Design from USA.
Designed by Indeziner from Romania.
A little month i call Feb
"Corresponding colors to corresponding days of the week to correspond the awkwardness of limp-dated Feb." Designed by Alicia Souza from Australia.
Designed by Natasha Klever from Russia.
Designed by Amandinelle from France.
Be My Valentine
"Teenagers in love! Isn’t love awkward at times?! Happy February!" Designed by Sasha Bell from England, UK.
Grunge Love Hearts
"This isn’t the most amazing and complex of designs, but a lot of the times, simplicity is the beauty of things… this isn’t 100% simple, but it’s edging there! Happy Feb 2010 :)" Designed by Rosanna Bell from England, UK.
"Designed for daily inspiration and encouragement to live a life of love." Designed by Millicent Bowman from USA.
"Suffering from unrequited love? Care to attract your sweetheart right now?Try this free Love Wallpaper at work!Post your and your love’s pic files so that they fitted into the Love Wallpaper’s face silhouettes… Done! Meet your valentine, friend!" Designed by Rumake Web Agency from Russia.
"This is a present for valentine enjoy ." Designed by Vanhove Jonathan.
"When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine." Designed by April Joy E. Jasmin from Philippines.
Designed by Misti Kenison.
"Blow the love over everyone you know!" Designed by VeraART from Brussels, Belgium.
Couple in the City
"Kisses can be incredibly sweet! Just a romantic wallpaper. Happy Feb! :)" Designed by Sasha Bell from England, UK.
Less Hooks more Books
Designed by Klement Grgić from Croatia.
Love Is Not Simple
"Love is not simple… I think everyone knows that! Just a little wallpaper for you all to enjoy (I hope!) – Happy February :)" Designed by Sasha Bell from England, UK.
"Yes it’s another Valentine’s inspired wallpaper, I just couldn’t resist! Enjoy (with love)." Designed by Federica Sibella from Italy.
"Valentines Day chocolates are the perfect gifts to melt a heart." Designed by Manish Jinwal from India.
A Tree of Love
"February is a month of “LOVE”, so i create “A Tree of LOVE”" Designed by Sandhya Banshal from India.
Mid Term Valentine
"February bring is love and mid term exams. It is about fitting that valentine between all those examination dates." Designed by Kumar Ritwik from India.
"Let’s up in the clouds in this February. You shoud give credence the love flight." Designed by Roman Volkov aka dacascas from Russia.
"Happy Valentine’s Day …" Designed by Soodabeh Amirakbari from Iran.
"It’s a party in the clouds, sweets all round!" Designed by Chris Alexander (Yipori) from England.
"A retro themed Wallpaper Calendar, inspired by Deandesign." Designed by Abdus Salam from Pakistan.
Chocolate Heartz for Valentines
"Valentines Day chocolates are the perfect gifts to melt a heart." Designed by Manish Jinwal from India.
"This is my first wallpaper… February under the aspect of abstract love… Love isn’t always what we expect…" Designed by Mehdi Naqi from Belgium.
"A motive is dedicated to all that keeps warm with love in cold winter days." Designed by Art design, Tina Krašovec from Slovenia.
"Happy Valentine’s Day." Designed by Dragos M from Romania.
The ambitious february
"abstract illustrations for better next month" Designed by ebaq from Poland.
"I didn’t want to design the normal routine love wallpapers… so I thought to do something different. Hope you like it." Designed by Zainab Sule from Nigeria.
"She loves snow and snowdrifts most of all in life." Designed by Lex Rusakoff from Russia.
"February is freezing and the frozen bike has its rest. It becomes part of the landscape." Designed by Ester Liquori from Italy.
"Wall inspire by a macro photography taken by me with a reflex camera in the glass of my car." Designed by Alejandro Pratto from Argentina.
Winter Olympics Vancouver
"It’s a wallpaper about the Winter Olympics Vancouver 2010 and I made this because when it’s the Olympicsthere is alot of advertising but there isn’t for the Winter Olympics and the Winter Olympics are just as much fun as the Olympics." Designed by Kenneth Driege from Belgium.
Love wall painting
"Hey! This is my latest idea on the subject “Valentine’s day”. I know that not everybody loves Valentine’s day but i do! So i hope that you lovers will love my valentine calendar too.Cheers and happy Valentine’s day!" Designed by Alexandra Ipate from Romania.
Superheroes in Love
"Two super lovers… for the lovers’ month. Pop art style." Designed by Davide Vicariotto from Italy.
"The most famous actress in Turkey, T?rkan ?oray, known as Sultan of Turkish cinema." Designed by Banu from Turkey.
"This would be my second wallpaper design for Smashing Magazine. Since it’s going to be Valentine this February, and since I’m such a geek, I tried to combine those two things together. I hope you’ll like it! And Happy Valentine’s Day, guys!" Designed by Adrian Wildandyawan (Ryan|Kon) from Indonesia.
"While wandering in the desert (you are on some kind of secret mission),the night catches you up and you fall exhausted, dehydrated and pass out.This is the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning…" Designed by Akif Top from Sweden.
Designed by Kenneth Meert from Belgium.
"A Valentines Day themed wallpaper for Smashing Magazine." Designed by Jared Williams from United States.
"Becuas of the event on the 14 ferbruary ‘Valentine’ I wanted to spice up the desktops of the people." Designed by Johan Teirlinck from Belgium.
"Winter is exiting. Spring is on its way. February is to celebrate the coming season." Designed by Jade Cheng from USA.
"I’ve been really digging information graphics lately, so I decided I’d incorporate that into this month’s wallpaper." Designed by Colin Parks from Canada.
Snow Rainbow Cat
"”Don’t worry rainbow kitty.the snow is melting and soon,the sun will return and make the colors of the rainbow shine bright. “I got inspired by the song “colors of the rainbow” by Dj Skeptyk." Designed by Rolies Renske from Belgium.
"January takes the winter with it. February comes with colorful life…" Designed by Rajeesh from India.
An Extraordenary Mountain View
"I wanted to express an extraordenary winter landscape." Designed by Stijn Serruys from Belgium.
"I wanted a minimal desktop calendar this month. I was inspired by the crisp snow/frost outside as well as my favorite day of this month – Valentine’s Day." Designed by A. Monday from USA.
Feb Twenty Ten
Designed by Giles Van Gruisen from USA.
Designed by Segers Sven from Belgium.
"There is a robot on my design, consist of real engine parts." Designed by Ammar Ceker from Turkey.
On Air Equalizer
Designed by Weckx Ennio from Belgium.
"I took this photo a few weeks ago in a “junk shop/flea market”. Although 8 tracks were a little before my time, I remember some of the artists in the photo. I loved the color combinations and patterns all those 8 tracks created. Take a trip in the wayback machine!" Designed by Stacy Blackman from United States.
"February is a time of year where the days are short and dark, weather often is gray, and the ground sometimes white – but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be beautiful" Designed by 3D Wallpaper Studio from Denmark.
Struggle For Future
"If you dare to struggle today, You will dare to win tomorrow." Designed by Prashant D Barakale from India.
"This is a bird (Tangara desmaresti) from my contry, with the colour from ours simbols and flames." Designed by Romy Campos from Brazil.
Sweet Home Clothing
"-" Designed by Vladyslav Samsonov from Germany.
Month of Hearts
"February the month of Valentines, I hope this month brings many Valentines to you." Designed by Stephanie Lam from Australia.
Adjust Your Tie
"This illustration should give february a person with a touch of snob appeal. Adjust your tie and welcome february. Strangely done in illustrator." Designed by Jonas Seydel from Germany.
"Just motivating sentence for February :)" Designed by Temeshi from Poland.
"Your help is urgently needed. Please visit www.redcross.org to find out how you can take part in the relief effort underway in Haiti." Designed by Umer Tahir from Canada.
Join in next month!
Please notice that we respect the ideas and motivation behind artists’ work which is why we’ve given artists full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience through their works. And this is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but designed from scratch by the artists themselves.
Thanks to all designers for participation. Join in next month!
What’s your favorite?
What’s your favourite theme or wallpaper for this month? Please let us know in the comments! And have a smashing February, folks!
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