Flickr user d_carr is no stranger to our featured desktop posts. He has a knack for picking great-looking wallpapers and adorning them with docks and launchers that don't look like they've been bolted on top of the desktop. Here's his latest desktop design.
As you can see, the time and date is inconspicuous and placed in such a way that you won't miss it when it's time to open some windows and get to work.
Want the same look for your Windows desktop? Here are the components you'll need:
- The wallpaper photo: Sunrise at Pampelonne Beach by Flickr user jpmiss
- The Rainmeter system management and configuration tool for Windows
- The Encoded skin for Rainmeter for the time and the weather on the desktop
- The iPhone Clock Skin for Rainmeter for the date
- The All-in-One Player skin for Rainmeter for the desktop music player and this skin for it
- Stardock's ObjectDock to replace the Windows taskbar
- The Token icon set for ObjectDock
- RocketDock as an additional application launcher on the side of the screen
- The iPhone Multitasking Bar skin for RocketDock
- Selected icons from various Flurry themed icon packs at DeviantArt
- Launchy for quick access to documents and files in the upper right of the screen, and the Lightness skin for Launchy
One thing worth noting is that d_carr's desktop is 4:3, so you might need to make a few placement adjustments if you have a widescreen display. Other than that, this one has a lot of components, but it's really easy to set up and customise.
Need a little help getting Rainmeter to work the way you want? Check out our guide to setting up a good-looking desktop for some great tips and examples, or head over to d_carr's Flickr page to let him know how much you like his work and ask him a question. Mac users can get a similar result with our guide to Geektool. Linux users can download Conky and Docky to get the same effect.