Lifehacker reader Albert created his own iOS theme, called Sarcina, in an effort to mix simplicity and minimalism with beauty. Here's how he put it together.
I asked myself, how minimalistic could I make my home screen with the original, "Apple-like" rounded icons but keep a certain amount of functionality. Earlier in the day, I had received the theme "Sarif" free from the maker itself, codylg. Graciously accepting the theme, it included the minimalistic status bar and the simple, glass status bar. After a few hours of tweaking and experimenting, I picked out a nice blue, blurry background that would accommodate the colour scheme of the icons and created a custom 2x2 icon layout with Iconoclasm and added a glass frame to the background using GIMP to distinguish the centre with the dock. To finish the home screen, I added a nice weather and date widget using iWidgets with a custom HTML widget I had received from my friend.
Using Springtomize, I hid the carrier name to save unneeded space. I also hid the battery icon and enabled the battery percentage in its place. The dock icons are centered with the help of iBlank which created 2 blank icons to put at the side of both dock icons.
To put this together, you'll need these tools:
- A jailbroken iOS device running 5.1.1
- The Sarif theme for the icons, dock and status bar
- The Field of Pain wallpaper
- This PNG from CocaineMonster for the glass frame in the middle
- iWidgets for the custom date and weather widgets
- Springtomize 2, Winterboard, ArrangeStatusBar, Iconoclasm and iBlank