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 July 2010?
No matter where you go in the known universe, there is design-by-committee. It has become a pecking order of disaster for the society that used to pride itself on being a mover and shaker and that allowed its mavericks and dreamers to innovate their way to success. In a business climate fueled by fear and the “Peter Principle,” as it is today, a decision not made is a tragedy averted. So, decision by committee provides a safe and often anonymous process for finger-pointing down the line… inevitably leading to the creative, of course.Wikipedia describes it thus: The Peter Principle is the principle that "in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence." It was formulated by Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull in their 1969 book The Peter Principle, a humorous treatise which also introduced the "salutary science of Hierarchiology", "inadvertently founded" by Peter. It holds that in a hierarchy, members are promoted so long as they work competently.
Being a web designer is not easy. Not only do we need to have a good understanding about visual design, typography, information architecture, psychology and a plethora of other disciplines; in our work, we need to take care of so many details, so that our job becomes more and more time-consuming, requiring dozens of tools, attention span and an effective workflow for beautiful, timely and functional results.And this is where small time-savers become handy. Be it a handy checklist, batch installer, dummy image generator or converter from Excel spreadsheet to HTML — all these things can save us a couple of minutes every day, making our work easier and more efficient. And this is why we keep collecting them for Smashing Magazine's readers. Whether you like lists or not: this one will probably help you find those little nuggets out there that will help you avoid headaches and stress. Below we present useful time-savers for web designers.You may want to subcribe to Smashing Magazine's E-Mail Newsletter (32,600 subscribers) to keep updated about new useful tools, techniques and resources. The newsletter is sent out once every two weeks.
Adobe is planning to release Audition for the Mac platform. It is expected that public beta of Audition for the Mac will be available by the end of this year. If you wish to be notified when the Adobe Audition beta is ready for download, sign up here.
Adobe Audition is professional audio production software designed [...]
On June 21, 2010 Adobe announced beginning of registration for MAX 2010, Adobe’s yearly global conference. The event is scheduled for October 23-27 and will take place at Los Angeles Convention Center. MAX 2010 is a unique opportunity for designers, developers and business leaders to keep up with industry innovations and ideas. The 5-days [...]
According to Adobe one of the top reasons to buy Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 is a highly efficient Lens Correction tool. This is a feature which makes correction of such problems as geometric distortion, chromatic aberration, and vignette easy and quick. This process is essentially accelerated due to automatic correction. Based on the [...]
National Association of Photoshop Professionals has announced the Adobe Photoshop CS5 Summit that will take place in New York City on Friday, June 25. At the event NAPP team (Scott Kelby, Dave Cross, Matt Kloskowski, Corey Barker and RC Concepcion) are going to cover all new features in Adobe Photoshop CS5 and show how to [...]
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the latest version of Adobe professional photo management and RAW conversion application was shipped on June 7, 2010. It has a number of new and enhanced features such as faster performance, improved noise reduction, lens correction, video files support, convenient watermarking tools, tight integration with Flickr service, capability of making slide [...]