We have seen some great Mac desktops featuring GeekTool, but you don't necessarily need it. Lifehacker reader DJDC created this great-looking Snow Leopard desktop without any fancy Geeklets.
Want your Mac desktop to look like this? Well, one thing worth noting is that he's running Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), so keep that in mind you are running Lion or Mountain Lion. Some of the icon and UI tweaks that were easy in Snow Leopard are difficult in newer versions of Apple's operating system due to new security controls over system icons and elements.
Here's what you need to get the job done:
- The Flower of Wisdom wallpaper from DeviantArt
- The Clean icon set coupled with iStat Menus to replace the menubar icons and add system monitors
- Custom dock icons that DJDC made himself (and you can too!) with the Entypo Pictogram Suite
- Mirage to adjust the dock's transparency, add separators and settings (He also edited the the Dock.app's DockMenu.plist to include a "remove from dock" option for the Trash Can)
- The Grandesign Neue Serif font to replace the system font
- The Bowtie desktop accessory to control music playback
- DJDC's own Bowtie theme from DeviantArt to tweak Bowtie's appearance in the lower left (he notes the final version looks a touch different than this one)
This week's desktop is a great example of how you can get a workspace that reflects your personal taste.