Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: November 2012 | By Smashing Editorial

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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 over four years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

November Desktop Wallpaper

We continue to nourish you with a monthly spoon of inspiration. 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?

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Beautiful Free Letter Pressed Social Media Icons

Beautifulletterpresssocialmediaicons Beautiful Free Letter Pressed Social Media Icons

This was an enjoyable process creating this icon set. This is a beautiful set of  high quality icons, which I’m more than certain you will like. The icons are free to use, so download and import into your design projects.

The icon sets include 12 icons, for 12 very popular social media websites. The icon size  consists of 75px by 75px. The icons are perfeect size to be used within digital design projects.

I hope you like the icons. We thrive to try to produce the best icon sets  we possible can. If you can leave your thoughts in the comments section below that would be great.

License Details

The icon set can be used within commercial and non-commercial design projects. The icon set CAN NOT be redistributed on any other website, without permission from the Creative Nerds team. Creative Nerds have created this icon set, and have full ownership. Seguir leyendo “Beautiful Free Letter Pressed Social Media Icons”

21 Ways to Save Minutes Each Day

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I have a confession to make: I’m obsessed with time. On my phone I track every minute of the day and how it is being used. I can even show you a spreadsheet with months of data where my time up to the minute.

For example, I can tell you that on average I sleep 7 hours and 14 minutes a day and I spend on average 87 minutes a week running errands. You might wonder why I’m doing this. The reason is that I want to be on the fast-track to success. One of the ways to reach my destination faster is by maximizing the time I have at my disposal. In other words, by time saving.

Over the months of tracking my time I wanted to figure out ways to shave minutes of certain low value activities so I could refocus that to more important matters. The list of time saving tips below is the one I’ve done myself to free up time, and I have redirected those minutes and hours to work and personal projects.

21 Time Saving Tips That Work

1. Check your smart phone in lineWaiting in line is a waste of time, so use this time to check your email, respond to text messages or participate on social media.

2. Automate your monthly expenses – Stop paying bills through the mail and switch to paying your expenses online. If you are already doing that, the next step is to automate your payments and set a time once a month to review all your monthly payments.

3. Maximize your commute times – Read a book, listen to audiobooks, call people, email or get other work done.

4. Eat your frog – The first thing you do in the morning is the task you dread the most. Brian Tracy coined this term and he got it from the saying: “If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long!” By doing the dreadful task first, the rest of the day is going to be easy in comparison.

5. Stop watching TV – Cut back on watching television and switch over to on-demand media. TV commercials provide little value and revolving your day around the TV’s schedule is an inefficient use of your time. You can still watch most your favorite shows on Hulu or Netflix, but at your own pace and time. Seguir leyendo “21 Ways to Save Minutes Each Day”

43 Free Social Media Icon Sets

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: October 2010

Smashing Magazine

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 45 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:

So what wallpapers have we received for October 2010?


Designed by Nicolle Marie from USA.

Liquifly in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: October 2010

Any Browser

“I just wanna spread the message, “Use any browser, it doesn’t matter. But use the latest version!”.” Designed by Minhaj Mohamed from Sri Lanka.

Any-browser-wallpaper in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: October 2010

October 2010 Wallpaper

“For October 2010, still with the summer in the head, I wanted to imagine a magic place where I can go sometimes far from work, far from the Earth.” Designed by Benoit Chartron from France.

Wallpaper 99 in Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: October 2010

How to Make your Windows Start-up Faster

Slow Windows StartupDoes your Windows computer take really long to start-up?

Well, you are not alone with this problem but fortunately, with some minor tweaks, you can get your sluggish Windows to start much faster without re-installing Windows or adding any new hardware.

The logic is fairly simple. Your computer loads quite a few software programs and services during start-up (look at all the icons in your Windows System tray). If you can trim this list, your computer’s boot time will decrease.

I have been testing a free utility called Soluto and it helped reduce the start-up time of my Windows computer from 3.15 minutes to around 1.25 minutes. All this with a few easy clicks and without confusing the user with any technical jargon. Seguir leyendo “How to Make your Windows Start-up Faster”

5 Amazing Windows UI Tweaks

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Want to wow people with your PC? Here’s how to spice up your tech life with widgets, wallpaper, and multitouch screens.

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal, PC World

Chances are, your PC is pretty tame–you have a beach-scene wallpaper, the default Windows 7 Aero theme, and a standard-issue Dell keyboard. But you don’t have to settle for the ordinary. It’s time to mix things up with a few easy ways to make everybody say “Wow.”

Though we can’t give you the oh-so-cool Minority Report interface, we can give you a few tips on how to spice up your tech life–with a widget here, a wallpaper there, maybe even a touchscreen or two–and impress your friends with a new look. Seguir leyendo “5 Amazing Windows UI Tweaks”

Give your Eyes a Break with the 20-20-20 Rule

If you spend a good part of your day using the computer, the 20-20-20 rule, that I recently learned recently from my doctor, might also help you relax your tired eyes.

Relax Eyes

The rule goes something like this.

The screen is bright and therefore, if you don’t blink your eyes as often as you should while working at the computer for long hours, you can have dry eyes sometimes even followed by redness.

To help you deal with this problem, the 20-20-20 rule suggest that after every 20 minutes, you (the computer user) should take a break for at least 20 seconds and look at objects that are 20 feet away from you.

Since it is nearly impossible for any computer users to remember that they have to take a break every 20 minutes, there are free software programs that can help you in your mission.

For instance, there’s a Windows utility called Eye Defender that sits in the system tray and, after a fixed interval, it will auto-run a visual training (see video below in full screen) for the eyes on your screen.

You are supposed to follow the pointer on the screen and this in turn should help relax your eyes.

WorkRave is another handy app that reminds you to take breaks at regular intervals to prevent computer related stress (including eyestrain). Seguir leyendo “Give your Eyes a Break with the 20-20-20 Rule”

Beautiful Examples of Transparent Screen Trick Photos

Two weeks ago we published a showcase of beautiful pinhole photography, and this weekend again we’ve got something unusual and creative to lift up your spirits and challenge your creativity. Illusions can be eye-catching and attractive and when you apply them to computer displays, the results can be quite interesting and deceptive.

Take transparent screen trick photos, for example. The idea is simple: you take a photo of your surroundings and set this photo as your desktop wallpaper. Once the display is positioned precisely, the transparent screen trick is achieved. Simple, but what can you do with this simple idea?

Below we present a short selection of some original transparent screen trick photos. The environments presented in these photos appear to have a completely transparent screen which creates an optical illusion. We also feature step-by-step-tutorials in the end of this post: and here you go — now you have something fun to do over the weekend!

Transparent Screen Trick Photos

Strobist Lighting

Transparentscreen12 in Beautiful Examples of Transparent Screen Trick Photos

6/365 Clear Screen

Transparent-120 in Beautiful Examples of Transparent Screen Trick Photos


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Top 10 Country Flag Icon Sets

A country flag image could be used for any number of reasons, perhaps the most popular method would be on a web site which allows the user to either select the language of their choice or to access the site-version dedicated to their country. The problem is that there are many, many sites were you can download and use the national flag image of your choice, but the most of these are pretty bland and basic and don’t really offer the graphical expectations of modern web design. We want better.

An excellent substitute for flag images would be to use one of the, sadly so few, professionally designed country flag icon-sets that are freely available. And that is what we have found for you today: A collection of the best country flag icon-sets.

This is our weekly section were we highlight the Top 10 resources from any given field from within the design community. These mini-articles give us an opportunity to share some really useful resources which would be either-wise ignored and difficult to justify with a full blown article.

Flags Icons by IconDrawer

Flags Icons by IconDrawerThis set by IconDrawer, consists of 278 free flag icons representing countries and unions from all over the world. They are all in .png format and sized at: 16×16px, 24×24px, 32×32px and 48×48px.
License: Linkware License. (You can purchase a royalty-free license for $60)
Flags Icons by IconDrawer →

Country Flag Icons for iPhone Maps

Country Flag Icons for iPhone Maps
The Country Flag Icons for the iPhone come in .png, .ico and .icns formats. Available sizes include: 256×256px, 128×128px, 64×64px, 48×48px, 32×32px and 16×16px. There are 230 country icons in the set.
License: Free for non-commercial use.
Country Flag Icons for iPhone Maps → Seguir leyendo “Top 10 Country Flag Icon Sets”

Pfffft, the danger of premature shipment

The old economy demanded a flurry of hard work, obsessive focus, and a charrette before launch. Launches were expensive and rare, and managers and co-workers would push to get everything just right before hitting the big red button to announce, ship and launch. The attention demanded by this scarcity raised the game, overcame fear and pushed things from one level to another.

A big reason for the push is to ameliorate risk. Launching is risky business, and one way to diminish that risk in a world of scarcity and market noise is to go big. And then big becomes a habit. Seguir leyendo “Pfffft, the danger of premature shipment”

100+ Sophisticated Icons for a Professional Desktop

By Angel L.

So you want to customize your computer. It’s only natural. Whether your personality is funky, sweet, or any other trend, in a professional setting you want a sophisticated look. A quick fix to make you look like a pro with stylish desktop folder icons.

Here are over 100 perfect, professional, and sophisticated icons to give you a classy style appropriate for your work computer. All icon sets are available free of charge, and can be downloaded by simply clicking on the image or source link.

If you have any suggestions, we appreciate your input in the comment section below.

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Picasso: A Free Social Media Icon Set

April 23rd, 2010 by Iconshock

Picasso: A Free Social Media Icon Set

Picasso is a social media icon pack that is unique. The icon set was inspired – and dedicated to – the wonderful work of Pablo Picasso. You will find many subtle details inspired by this great artist if you look close enough!

Feel free to use them in any commercial or personal project. The size of each icon ranges from 512px to 16px.




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