From Denny: Two more years of winners from the Smashing Magazine wallpaper contest. This contest is a great way for artists, photographers and graphic designers to get some buzz - and maybe additional business!
Nothing like free advertising, so get those creative thoughts flowing and start designing. The magazine holds a contest for every month of the year so you can enter any time. And, no, I'm not associated in any way or paid by the magazine. I just like the site, especially since it helps to promote obscure yet very talented people.
Whenever I run across talented people I try to promote them as well. It does help if said artists, photographer or graphic designer has an image available either through an embed code off of a place like flickr or releases the image to be promoted as in the case of Smashing Magazine's wallpaper contest. It's fine with me if it has their name on it - in fact, I'd prefer it. Smashing Mag allows the artists to sign their pieces in addition to carrying the magazine's logo.
So, if you are an artist of any stripe think about how to release one of your images for promotion. It will get you a lot more business with more people aware of your work. Sometimes, an artist can be too self-protective and the result is a very small, often only a local, circle of people who know about your work.
Go through your work - or design an image or photograph just for promotional purposes. Enjoy these interesting images on your desktop or phone as they come in many sizes!
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You Complete Me - “Dedicated to one of the most famous lines in romantic movies’ history. The incomplete heart has been created by photographing a floating lantern in slow shutter speed!! Happy Valentine’s Day." -
Abstract Frozen Planets - “A view of 2 frozen planets, lots of blue tints.” - available with or without calendar.
February Flowers - “A little bit of romance, a little bit of vintage: Happy Valentine’s Day this month!” -
It’s Valentine’s Day! - “February is usually the coldest month of the year, but it is also the month of love…So Warm those days with the Valentine’s day wallpaper!” -
Let your love light shine!
Lost Without You… - “February, the month of love. This wallpaper is dedicated to all those people out there who have found that one person in life. They would understand this feeling of being lost, if that person is not around to share your joy, sorrow, success, failure. Happy Valentine’s Day!!” -
Think warm heart red for the Valentine month this abstract flower is a winner!
She Loves Me - “Ah, February, the 14th is the day when we dare a little more than usual, or we await something special from that one person – the better friend, or the better half!” -
Love Affairs - “Love is in the air this February! The last month of winter is always very romantic and inspires us to open our hearts and express our feelings to ones we love very much. This February calendar illustrates an unusual story of a young couple, who met each other by an accident.” -
Valentine - “Love is in the air…” -
Let your love light shine!
Winter - “A winter themed background for the last month of winter.” -
And for the fantasy folks...
Funny Fantasy Jackalope - Designed by Sasha Endoh from Canada - available with or without calendar.
Groundhog - “The Groundhog emerged from its burrow on February 2. If it is cloudy, then the Spring will come early, but if it is sunny, the groundhog will see its shadow, will retreat back into its burrow, and the Winter weather will continue for six more weeks.” -
Want something stylish but business like for your work environment? Try this one:
Moody February - “Shades from a February evening walk: twilight sky, fallen leaves, new growth.” — available with or without calendar
Every Day Should Be Valentine’s Day - “Valentine’s Day is a big business today. I personally don’t celebrate it, because I think if you love someone every day should be Valentine’s Day. :) That’s what this wallpaper is all about. The two birds – Milo and Pipita – are a wallpaper series and usually they argue about things men and women argue about ;), but as it’s the Valentine Edition I just went with something cute.” -
LOVE X 7 puts you in a good mood instantly
Get your zombie chuckle going on for this amusing wallpaper:
Zombie Love - Designed by Cheloveche.ru from Russia - available with or without calendar.
When you want just plain "awwww, too cute" this will fit your mood:
Dear Love - “Spread the love!” -
I Believe I Can Fly - available with or without calendar - download both! :) -
Enjoy a little monster love for the season:
Whats Love Got To Do With It? - “A different angle to love and the innocence attached with it. My depiction of February.” -