Waiting For Spring (March 2024 Wallpapers Edition) — Smashing Magazine

Do you need a little inspiration boost? Well, then our new batch of desktop wallpapers is for you. Designed by artists and designers from across the globe, they come in versions with and without a calendar for March 2024. Enjoy!

March is here! With the days getting noticeably longer in the northern hemisphere, the sun coming out, and the flowers blooming, we are fueled with fresh energy. And even if spring is far away in your part of the world, you might feel that 2024 has gained full speed by now — the perfect opportunity to bring all those plans you made and ideas you’ve been carrying around to life!

To cater for some extra inspiration this March, artists and designers from across the globe once again challenged their creative skills and designed wallpapers for your desktop and mobile screens. They come in versions with and without a calendar for March 2024 and can be downloaded for free — a monthly tradition that has been going on here at Smashing Magazine for more than twelve years already.

As a little bonus goodie, we also added some March favorites from our wallpapers archives to the collection. Maybe you’ll spot one of your almost-forgotten favorites from the past in here, too? Thank you to everyone who shared their wallpapers with us this month! This post wouldn’t exist without you.

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  • We respect and carefully consider the ideas and motivation behind each and every artist’s work. This is why we give all artists the full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience through their works. This is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us but rather designed from scratch by the artists themselves.
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Breaking Superstitions

“Step into a world of delightful rebellion with our calendar feature for National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day. This vibrant illustration captures the spirit of breaking free from superstitions.” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

Breaking Superstitions
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Fresh Flow

“It’s time for the water to go down the mountains, it’s time for the rivers to get rid of ice blocks, it’s time for the ground to feed the plants, it’s time to go out and take a deep breath. I imagined these ideas with interlacing colored lines.” — Designed by Philippe Brouard from France.

Fresh Flow
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Music From The Past

Designed by Ricardo Gimenes from Sweden.

Music From The Past
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Pika Pika Chu

Designed by Design Studio from India.

Pika Pika Chu
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Hat’s Off to Good Fortune

“Flipping the switch on luck in 2024 with a tip of the hat! Here’s to welcoming good fortune, warmth, and endless smiles.” — Designed by HeyClipart from Greece.

Hat’s Off to Good Fortune
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Northern Lights

“Spring is getting closer, and we are waiting for it with open arms. This month, we want to enjoy discovering the northern lights. To do so, we are going to Alaska, where we have the faithful company of our friend White Fang.” — Designed by Veronica Valenzuela Jimenez from Spain.

Northern Lights
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Zombie’s Happy Hour

Designed by Ricardo Gimenes from Sweden.

Zombie’s Happy Hour
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Time To Wake Up

“Rays of sunlight had cracked into the bear’s cave. He slowly opened one eye and caught a glimpse of nature in blossom. Is it spring already? Oh, but he is so sleepy. He doesn’t want to wake up, not just yet. So he continues dreaming about those sweet sluggish days while everything around him is blooming.” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

Time To Wake Up
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Queen Bee

“Spring is coming! Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, bees are flying… Enjoy this month!” — Designed by Melissa Bogemans from Belgium.

Queen Bee
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Spring Is Coming

“This March, our calendar design epitomizes the heralds of spring. Soon enough, you’ll be waking up to the singing of swallows, in a room full of sunshine, filled with the empowering smell of daffodil, the first springtime flowers. Spring is the time of rebirth and new beginnings, creativity and inspiration, self-awareness, and inner reflection. Have a budding, thriving spring!” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

Spring Is Coming
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Botanica

Designed by Vlad Gerasimov from Georgia.

Botanica
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Fresh Lemons

Designed by Nathalie Ouederni from France.

Fresh lemons

Let’s Spring

“After some freezing months, it’s time to enjoy the sun and flowers. It’s party time, colours are coming, so let’s spring!” — Designed by Colorsfera from Spain.

Let’s Spring!
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March For Equality

“This March, we shine the spotlight on International Women’s Day, reflecting on the achieved and highlighting the necessity for a more equal and understanding world. These turbulent times that we are in require us to stand together unitedly and IWD aims to do that.” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

March For Equality
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Spring Bird

Designed by Nathalie Ouederni from France.

Spring Bird

Awakening

“I am the kind of person who prefers the cold but I do love spring since it’s the magical time when flowers and trees come back to life and fill the landscape with beautiful colors.” — Designed by Maria Keller from Mexico.

Wake up!
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Let’s Get Outside

Designed by Lívia Lénárt from Hungary.

Let’s Get Outside!

Waiting For Spring

“As days are getting longer again and the first few flowers start to bloom, we are all waiting for spring to finally arrive.” — Designed by Naioo from Germany.

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Ballet

“A day, even a whole month, isn’t enough to show how much a woman should be appreciated. Dear ladies, any day or month are yours if you decide so.” — Designed by Ana Masnikosa from Belgrade, Serbia.

Ballet
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MARCHing Forward

“If all you want is a little orange dinosaur MARCHing (okay, I think you get the pun) across your monitor, this wallpaper was made just for you! This little guy is my design buddy at the office and sits by (and sometimes on top of) my monitor. This is what happens when you have designer’s block and a DSLR.” — Designed by Paul Bupe Jr from Statesboro, GA.

MARCHing Forward!

Nothing To Do

Designed by Ricardo Gimenes from Sweden.

Nothing To Do
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Orion’s Apple

Designed by Monia Gabhi from Canada.

Orion’s Apple
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St. Patrick’s Day

“On the 17th March, raise a glass and toast St. Patrick on St. Patrick’s Day, the Patron Saint of Ireland.” — Designed by Ever Increasing Circles from the United Kingdom.

St. Patrick’s Day
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Questions

“Doodles are slowly becoming my trademark, so I just had to use them to express this phrase I’m fond of recently. A bit enigmatic, philosophical. Inspiring, isn’t it?” — Designed by Marta Paderewska from Poland.

Questions
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Explore The Forest

“This month, I want to go to the woods and explore my new world in sunny weather.” — Designed by Zi-Cing Hong from Taiwan.

Explore The Forest
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The Great Beyond

“My inspiration came mostly from ‘The Greay from’. It’s about a dog and an astronaut exploring a strange new world.” — Designed by Lars Pauwels from Belgium.

The Great Beyond
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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

“March the 2nd marks the birthday of the most creative and extraordinary author ever, Dr. Seuss! I have included an inspirational quote about learning to encourage everyone to continue learning new things every day.” — Designed by Safia Begum from the United Kingdom.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Pizza Time

“Who needs an excuse to look at pizza all month?” — Designed by James Mitchell from the United Kingdom.

Pizza Time!

Tacos To The Moon And Back

Designed by Ricardo Gimenes from Sweden.

Tacos To The Moon And Back
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