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Expand Your Horizons (June 2022 Desktop Wallpapers Edition)

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What could be a better way to welcome June than with some colorful inspiration? Well, we might have something for you: wallpapers created with love by artists and designers from across the globe.

There’s an artist in everyone. Some bring their creative ideas to life with digital tools, others capture the perfect moment with a camera or love to grab pen and paper to create little doodles or pieces of lettering. And even if you think you’re far from being an artist, well, it might just be hidden somewhere deep inside of you. So why not explore it?

For more than eleven years, our monthly wallpapers series has been the perfect opportunity to do just that: to break out of your daily routine and put your creative skills to the test. And, well, creative folks from across the globe once again took on the challenge this month and created unique and inspiring wallpapers for June 2022.

The wallpapers in this collection come in versions with and without a calendar and can be downloaded for free. As a little bonus goodie, we also compiled some designs from our wallpapers archives at the end of this post. Maybe you’ll spot one of your almost-forgotten June favorites, too? A big thank-you to everyone who shared their designs with us — this post wouldn’t exist without you!

Editor’s Note

In this month’s post, you will notice that some of the wallpapers are dedicated to Ukraine and its traditional embroidery patterns found in different regions of the country. As a design community, we can’t be silent in these times. It’s our obligation to help as much as we can, and so we are donating all proceeds of the “Interface Design Checklists PDF” to support Ukraine.

We have already donated 16,944.73 EUR (US$ 18,663.86) to Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V. and will continue to donate to other organizations as well. A heartfelt THANK YOU to our wonderful community for all of their help and support! ?

Create Your Own Path

“Nice weather has arrived! Clean the dust off your bike and explore your hometown from a different angle! Invite a friend or loved one and share the joy of cycling. Whether you decide to go for a city ride or a ride in nature, the time spent on a bicycle will make you feel free and happy. So don’t wait, take your bike and call your loved one because happiness is greater only when it is shared. Happy World Bike Day!” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

World Environment Day

“On June 5th we celebrate World Environment Day — a moment to pause and reflect on how we impact Earth’s health. A few activities represented in this visual include conserving energy and water, shopping and growing local, planting flowers and trees, and building a sustainable infrastructure.” — Designed by Mad Fish Digital from Portland, OR.

Ukrainian Embroidery

Vlad Gerasimov from Georgia designed a series of wallpapers in which he explores traditional embroidery patterns found in different regions in Ukraine and the stories behind them.

Looking At The Stars

“This month we travel to the stars. We find a planet and we sit down to observe the universe.” — Designed by Veronica Valenzuela from Spain.

I’m So Good

Mr Broccoli Doesn’t Like You Either

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Oldies But Goodies

Ready for more? Below you’ll find a little best-of from past June editions. Please note that these wallpapers don’t come with a calendar. Enjoy!

Travel Time

“June is our favorite time of the year because the keenly anticipated sunny weather inspires us to travel. Stuck at the airport, waiting for our flight but still excited about wayfaring, we often start dreaming about the new places we are going to visit. Where will you travel to this summer? Wherever you go, we wish you a pleasant journey!” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

Dancing In The Summer Moonlight

“If you’re happy and you know it, show some dance moves, because summer is finally here!” — Designed by ActiveCollab from the United States.

Summer Coziness

“I’ve waited for this summer more than I waited for any other summer since I was a kid. I dream of watermelon, strawberries, and lots of colors.” — Designed by Kate Jameson from the United States.

Solstice Sunset

“June 21 marks the longest day of the year for the Northern Hemisphere — and sunsets like these will be getting earlier and earlier after that!” — Designed by James Mitchell from the United Kingdom.

Oh, The Places You Will Go!

“In celebration of high school and college graduates ready to make their way in the world!” — Designed by Bri Loesch from the United States.

Ice Creams Away!

“Summer is taking off with some magical ice cream hot air balloons.” — Designed by Sasha Endoh from Canada.


Pineapple Summer Pop

Fishing Is My Passion!

“The month of June is a wonderful time to go fishing, the most soothing and peaceful activity.” — Designed by Igor Izhik from Canada.

Getting Better Everyday

Expand Your Horizons

“I grew up with cats around (and drawing them all the time). They are so funny… one moment they are being funny, the next they are reserved. If you have place in your life for a pet, adopt one today!” — Designed by Karen Frolo from the United States.

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