Every week, we feature customised desktops and home screens submitted by readers that show off beautiful wallpapers and great customisation and UI tweaks. Sometimes they’re fun, sometimes they’re functional, and sometimes they’re both, but 2015 was a great year for all of them. Here’s a look at your favourite ones.
Jerome doesn’t have admin rights to his work laptop (which makes sense), but he didn’t want that to stop him from adding a little personality to it. The result is this good-looking, informative, and custom Windows desktop. Here’s how he set it all up.
Flickr user Greg put this desktop together using Windows 7, combining some things we like about the flat design in Windows 8 with a little depth elsewhere and some well-placed, very useful widgets. Here’s how he set it up.
Flickr user LostWatson‘s desktop is surreal and beautiful, but well organised, too. A simple launcher on the side offers access to his applications, and the rest is neat and clear. Here’s what he used to set it all up.
Mackenzie‘s desktop is a beautiful wooded respite that lowers your stress levels just by looking at it — which makes it perfect for a work desktop, or a second screen. Here’s how to set it up.
Reader Jayesh wanted a desktop that was playful, but also helped him get things done, so he took his love of Limbo (the game, not the the theological concept) and put together this desktop, symbolising the struggle to get things done while simultaneously putting all his tools at his fingertips.
Flickr user Elizabeth has a great-looking desktop that puts her music front and center. Plus, it’s really easy to set up. Here’s how she did it.
It’s summertime on the boulevard, and this beautiful Arch Linux desktop takes us down to the beach. Our friend dobbie03 submitted it, and here’s how he made it.
Reader Saifali‘s desktop looks like something out of a pixelated fantasy game, and we love it. Part wallpaper and a few useful widgets, it’s also easy to set up. Here’s how he did it.
Reader jonredcorn2 shared this super clean desktop over at Flickr, packed with useful information, bordered with shortcuts and feeds, and informative but not too busy. Here’s how he set it up.
The term “radioactive” can invoke imagery from nuclear reactors to Homer Simpson. This home screen is packed with plutonium
powered inspired glowing green. It even comes in both dark and light themes.
If you dislike clutter and miss Halloween a little bit, this home screen design should cheer you up and help keep your phone organised. Using simple widgets and just a few icons, it’s slick and clean.
There’s something to be said for simplicity. Today’s design sticks to a grey scale palette, but still manages to include plenty of information with a layout that conveys some depth.
Few things are as annoying as turning your phone on at night and getting blasted in the face with your bright cheery home screen. This design keeps it minimal, and automatically switches between a light and dark theme depending on the time of day.
Who needs horizontal lines? This home screen design shifts everything on its end, putting all the essential widgets and shortcuts on a stylish diamond grid.
If hot weather is making you crave the cold, this peacefully white home screen will help you feel winter’s chill.
Sometimes, less is more. Today’s home screen keeps it simple with an open home screen with room to breathe. Swipe right and you’ll get an overlay packed with minimal widgets.
If your giant phone blasting your face with bright light every time you turn on your home screen is displeasing, you might like this design. Employing a subdued, sepia scheme, this design is easy on the eyes, even with an AMOLED display.
Widgets are useful for getting quick information without opening an app. This design skips the icons entirely and gives you the info you need in a dark, old-timey home screen.
8-bit designs may have been a technological necessity back in the day, but now they have a nostalgic charm. This 8-bit landscape, by reddit user Esrahaddon, can actually animate a retro city on your home screen when set up properly.