Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

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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 a nice calendar instead of launching some default time application?

This post features 40 free desktop wallpapers, created by designers across the globe. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free.

Please notice:

  • all images can be clicked 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?

So what wallpapers have we received for May 2010?

[By the way: The network tab (on the top of the page) is updated several times a day. It features selected articles from the best web design blogs!]

The End of Explorer Calendar

"For friends of MSIE, here is “The End Of Explorer” may 2010 desktop wallaper calendar, in a Variety of resolutions from 320?480 (iPhone) to 2560?1600 ! Hope you’ll find some size here to fit with your desktop ;-)" Designed by Benoit Chartron from France.

End-of-explorer in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

A Designer’s Life

"That is what a designer sees on his real desktop, now you can see it on your computer." Designed by Mladen Milinovic from Germany.

A-designers-life in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Focus on work

"This wallpaper design is supposed not to distract your attention, but to make you focus on work. This might work if you keep your desktop clean enough ;)" Designed by Andrei Verner from Russia.

Focus-on-work in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Play With Me

"One of my latest photographs taken on a beautiful summery day in the “golden hours” — I was lucky enough to capture our puppy and my sister, Sasha Bell playing on the lawn. I thought this would be a lovely wallpaper with a hint of the lovely summer we all deserver in the UK! No rain! Happy May everybody!" Designed by Olivia Bell from England, UK.

Play-with-me in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Moto

Designed by Björn Leek from Germany.

Moto in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

May Happen, May Be

"”May Happen, May Be” is all about possibilities… we can all get out of our cages, maybe in may!" Designed by Thais Trizoli from Brazil.

May-happen-may-be in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Rapunzel

"A grunge take on Rapunzel!" Designed by Cindy Zhang from USA.

Rapunzel in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Birdhouses

Designed by Pietje Precies from The Netherlands.

Birdhouses in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

May Flowers

"The flowers are blooming and it’s time to celebrate spring with this whimsical wallpaper!" Designed by thunder::tech from USA.

May-flowers in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Matilda’s Backyard

"It was May day Eve. The clock strikes twelve. The cat was asleep, the ladder cast aside and the book with a giant red apple opens." Designed by April Joy E. Jasmin from Philippines.

Matildas-backyard in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

May in Warsaw

Designed by Berenika Kołaczyńska from Poland.

May-in-warsaw in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Bubble Bath Delight

"A little blissful paradise desktop from me this month – bubble bath’s are yummy and I thought I would take this to an entire new level. Happy May!" Designed by Sasha Bell from England, UK.

Bubble-bath-delight in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Chocolate Strawberries

"I always see a lot of photography featuring random fruit and lemons (a lot of lemons!) falling/splashing into water, and thought it would be cool to turn a photography “idea” into a vector looking design, but with chocolate and strawberries! Happy May :)" Designed by Rosanna Bell from England, UK.

Chocolate-strawberries in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Oasis

"I’m hoping for a bold and beautiful summer." Designed by Marc Allcock from England.

Oasis in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Todo Sobre mi Madre

"With Mother’s Day looming in, I decided to make a tribute to a great film “All About my Mother”. For the Spanish version, please visit my DeviantArt." Designed by Ale Ibarra from México.

Todo-sobre-mi-madre in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Starbucks Coffee

"Everybody I know loves coffee… and for that matter, starbucks! Happy May!" Designed by Sasha Bell from England, UK.

Starbucks-coffee in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Mamayo

"This is a mother’s wallpaper theme." Designed by Ricardo Delgado from México.

Mamayo in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Curly Forest

"Catch a firefly in the twisty, curly forest." Designed by Chris Alexander (Yipori) from England.

Curly in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

May be something else

"Thinking about May…" Designed by Fabio Toscani from Italy.

May-be-something-else in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Flower Field

"The U.S. National Archives has a photo stream on Flickr of images free for unrestricted use. This wallpaper was made from photographs taken for the Documerica project by the EPA in 1972. The flowers were from a field in Kerr County, Texas and Inks Lake, Texas. I wanted it to look like a painting. Link to original photographs" Designed by Laura Sylvest from Washington, D.C., USA.

Flower-field in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Thailand Kopipi

"May is when spring usually starts. May is also when we are all starting to think about a summer vacation.I would personally recommend going to Thailand Kopipi, it’s amazing and it’s also where this picture was taken." Designed by Liad Guez from Israel.

Thailand Kopipi in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Birds of Spring

"May’s a month of happy sounds,
The hum of buzzing bees,
The chirp of little baby birds
And the song of a gentle breeze."
Designed by Manish Jinwal from India.

Birds-of-spring in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Mother’s day

"”My mother said to me, “If you become a soldier you’ll be a general; if you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.” Instead, I became a designer and now this wallpaper is heartly dedicated to my Mother.”I Love U MOM…" Designed by Manish Jinwal from India.

Mothers Day in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Lily Of The Valley

Designed by Upasana Jain from India.

Lily-of-the-valley in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Fruitful

"Root of education is bitter, but the fruit is sweet. So, celebrate book month this may.." Designed by Upasana Jain from India.

Fruitful in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

For all intents and purposes

"May, birth of one of the 20th century greatest inventions: Masking Tape! Let’scelebrate! celebrate!" Designed by Phidev Inc. from USA.

For All Intents And Purposes in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Maygirl

Designed by Victoria Vlassova from Sweden.

Maygirl in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Playing the Guitar

"Let the strings write their own tune." Designed by Stephanie Lam from Australia.

Playing-the-guitar 1 in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Retro Woman Thoughts

Designed by Lety Gidea from Romania.

Retro-woman-thoughts in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Pile of Days

"I wanted to create a super-awesome calendar. So I started to build something, it looked quite neat, but then suddenly it collapsed into a pile of days. Oh well, that’ll work as well, I said to myself. Made with Cinema 4D, Photoshop and Rockwell Extra Bold." Designed by Jonas Lekevicius from Lithuania.

Pile-of-days in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Live your vision

"You live only once, so be persistent in what you do. Live your vision, that’s my motto and slogan…nothing else i wouldn’t add more. Greetings from Split." Designed by Klement Grgić from Croatia.

Live-your-vision in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

May Sentense

"Just motivating sentence for May :)" Designed by Temeshi from Poland.

May-sentense in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Blue May

"”Blue May”… This Wallpaper began as an experiment, but
finally came out I liked as blue and light effects. Enjoy yourself!." Designed by Natanael Fernández from Santo Domingo, Rep. Dominicana.

Blue-may in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Foliage Queen

Designed by Ritika from India.

Foliage-queen in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Salt Lagoon

"On a recent backpacking adventure through South America I visited the driest place on earth where no rainfall has ever been recorded – San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. I shot this at a salt lagoon facing the Andes (which I then jumped in to float around — no energy required to stay afloat when the water is this salty!)." Designed by Amy Rollo from USA.

Salt Lagoon Chile in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Wavular

"The great American road trip." Designed by Design Kompany from USA.

Wavular in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Book Month

"If you can read this, celebrate book month..” Designed by Upasana Jain from India.

Book-month in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Thargelion

"Greece “Thargelion” name and i tried to expose elements culturalof my country, in name florist awarded May." Designed by Boian Cristian from Romania.

Thargelion in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Colours of Life

"Just enjoy your life! :)Just enjoy your life! :)" Designed by Wouter Sioen from Belgium.

Colours in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Love You Mom

"I am Dedicating this calender to my Dear “Maa”. Maa I love you!" Designed by Sandhya Banshal from India.

Love-you-mom in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

May in Grey

"Grey is the name of our lovely cat.In the south, may is a grey month, actually, unlike the spring days of the north nowadays.In the south, may is a grey month, actually, unlike the spring days of the north nowadays." Designed by Gustavo Hiriart from Uruguay.

May-in-grey in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

Watermelons

Designed by Oxana Kostromina from Poland/Russia.

Watermelons in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: May 2010

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 May, folks!


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