The Monochromatic Home Screen

The Monochromatic Home Screen

Lifehacker reader UnMicD uses a completely black-and-white home screen with a clever method for sorting his apps into folders. Here’s how he set it up.

UnMicD explains the screens:

This is my somewhat-minimalist, white-on-black setup.

It’s on a Samsung Galaxy S Captivate running CyanogenMod 7.1.

  1. A simple, stock lockscreen (not pictured). It’s completely black with just the sliders and music controls, when I’m listening.
  2. The main home screen has a player widget at the top, an action bar on the bottom with some frequently used shortcuts (as appears on all home screens) and SMS/Gmail/Gtalk shortcuts down the right side for easy thumb-launching.
  3. The left home screen has a calendar on the top half and a to-do list on the bottom half.
  4. The rightmost home screen has five different words, each of which corresponds to an app group. For example: “Tell” opens a set of messaging and social networking apps. The others are “Show”, which contains media consumption apps (which may be a bit counter-intuitive, but I like the way it fits); “Play”, which contains games; “Make”, which contains creative work apps like Flick Note, My Writing Space, and Thinking Space; and “Believe”, which contains personal goal related stuff, like RunKeeper, JEFIT and Stopwatch.

Here’s how its put together:


    • I have been setting my homescreen up smething similar, I’m currently working on the words to open the folders. I like that concept. I’ve more or less mimicked it with a few slight variations to my need, using that for a base plate to then branch out more and more. I purchased Phantom Music Player Widget Pro instead of using UberMusic and I can also use that same widget on lockscreen as well. pretty awesome.

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