Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

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Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

Every week, we feature customized desktops and home screens submitted by readers that show off beautiful wallpapers and great customization and UI tweaks. Sometimes they’re fun, sometimes they’re functional, and sometimes they’re both, but 2014 was a great year for all of them. Here’s a look at the most popular ones.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

Flickr user Profound Grafx has a thing for docks and launchers. This desktop is a testament to that, but it also keeps games, productivity tools, websites, media, and more neatly separated and organized. Here’s how it’s all set up.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

Reader sgosp3 wanted a desktop that was minimal and helped him focus on the task at hand—his research—so he built this Windows desktop so he has plenty of space to work, and the right tools at the top, just in reach. Here’s how he did it.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

Flickr user Alexandru Tropenpflanze‘s desktop is a great example of what you can do with Rainmeter in Windows, and it’s not difficult to set up. Shortcuts, a few well-placed widgets, and some useful information is all it takes. Here’s what you’ll need to make one of your monitors look this way.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

Ami Banerji‘s Linux desktop is clean, simple, and pretty open. What it gives up in widgets it gets back in simplicity, and what’s a good thing. Here’s how to get the same look for your computer.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

We’ve highlighted some of okubax‘s desktops before, but this Arch Linux desktop is a joy to look at, with or without the wallpaper up. Plus, it’s easy to configure. Here’s what you’ll need.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

Reader joshnroy just upgraded to Yosemite, did just a little tweaking, and submitted this serene desktop of Yosemite National Park running on OS X Yosemite. Here’s what he used to set it up.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

Reader ninjacharlie uses GeekTool to keep things like his Twitter feed and the song he’s listening to embedded in his wallpaper while he works, so he doesn’t need another app to keep track of them. Here’s how you can do it too.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

Reader Karth is a Doctor Who fan, so he put together this Windows desktop to be part expression of his fandom and part set of tools to help him work. We can’t really blame him. Here’s how he set it all up.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

We’ve highlighted some of Okubax‘s desktops before, but the simplicity of this one called to us. Some simple tools in the center and around the outside, and a solid wallpaper make for a simple but elegant desktop. Here’s how he set it all up.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

Sometimes customized widgets are the way to go, and sometimes minimal is the best approach—and we’ve definitely seen a trend in the minimal direction. Flickr user Imminient Fate submitted this good-looking desktop a while back, but it still caught our eye. Here’s how you can set it up too.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

One of the best features of Android L is its slick new interface. Now, courtesy of My Color Screen user empol, you can get it on your home screen right now. No need to wait for an OTA update.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

Android: If you’ve been obsessed with the new Cosmos series, or you’re just playing Portal 2 for the jillionth time, a space-themed home screen would not go amiss. My Color Screen user Pedro Gelli has you covered.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

Android: While the styles have gotten closer together lately, Android and iOS are pretty distinct. This design bridges the gap, utilizing the frosted, layered themes of iOS, combined with Android’s new material approach for a unique look.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

Instead of creating a bunch of screens with your most used apps, My Color Screen user Peszek created a simple home screen with four columns that expand to show appsand information.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

Android: We feature a lot of bold, if harsh home screens here. This design, courtesy of My Color Screen user Jobe1785 goes for a calmer look, with easy-on-the-eyes translucent panels and lightweight icons.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

Android: This home screen from My Color Screen user ogkillergreen uses clean, easy-to read widgets to give you just the essential information you need at a glance while looking pretty great.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

Your phone can display so much information and let you do so many things, it can be hard to keep track of it all. This home screen puts everything you need on one, easy-to-read home screen.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

Android: While it’s neither tempting Skywalkers nor battling Superman, this Darkside theme is not only attention grabbing, but neat to use. It uses a distinct dial-style interface to place everything in one place.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

Android: Chrome and Android may go together like a raccoon and a talking tree, but this Chrome OS design for Android home screens might bring the relationship to the next level.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2014

“Simple with a splash of color” is a pretty common theme in interface design. This look goes down a traditional path with a distinct flair, going for simply outlines and text on bright backgrounds.

There you have it – the most popular home screens and featured desktops of 2013! If you want to see your customized desktop or your phone’s home screen in a post or list like this one, here’s what to do:

You never know, it may be the next one featured on the site!

Want more awesomely customized desktops and home screens? Check out our most popular featured desktops and home screens of 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.

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Every week, we feature customized desktops and home screens submitted by readers that show off great customization tools and UI tweaks. Sometimes they’re fun, sometimes they’re functional, and sometimes they’re both, but 2013 was a great year for all of them. Here’s a look back at the most popular customizations you sent us.

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It’s simple, minimal, and while it makes use of some good-looking Rainmeter skins, reader Sony Samuel Somar’s desktop is good-looking, clean, and functional.

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We toss around the term “minimal” a lot, mostly to describe relatively spartan but still elegant desktops or workspaces, but strictly it’s all about removing the things you don’t need so you have plenty of room for the things you do—and to give yourself creative space. Reader unkn0wn did just that with this clean, minimal desktop

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We’ve seen our share of stunning wallpapers, packed-in widgets and skins, and desktops brimming with tweaks and customizations, but sometimes it’s nice to see someone step back and say “these are the tools that work best for me, and that’s all I need.” Reader SARodrigues did just that with this desktop that’s both clean and useful.

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When we highlighted The Wallpaper Wednesday Desktop, reader tmfk chimed into the discussions with his own alien-looking landscape and the HUD he built around it. It looks so good we couldn’t help but feature it on its own.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2013

Not every featured desktop is on someone’s work computer in an office somewhere. This week’s, submitted to us by Flickr user Adam, is actually the desktop on his HTPC, and he has it loaded with useful at-a-glance information and quick access to his favorite applications.

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Customizing your desktop is really about making it look and work the way that suits your workflow, or at least so it looks nice to you, as opposed to accepting its default look and feel. Reader Georgacus didn’t want to tweak his desktop too much, but he did want a few subtle changes, and once he made them, his Windows desktop felt much more personal, and a bit less like every other Windows system out there.

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We’ve seen some relatively sparse desktops in recent weeks, but this week’s featured desktop, a Ubuntu system from reader technofhile, includes a wealth of useful information at the bottom of the screen, without getting in the way of the stylized and clean wallpaper.

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A combination of well placed widgets, sharp use of Objectdock, text shortcuts, and an adorable wallpaper make this week’s featured desktop worth duplicating. Reader M. Adams built this two-toned setup with no icons on the desktop and an auto-hidden taskbar to keep organized and have a desktop that was a joy to look at even when he wasn’t using the system.

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Drawing the line between useful on-screen information and space to work or play is a constant theme with our featured desktops. Some of them have widgets everywhere, others are open and clean. This week’s, from reader lionskingly, draws the line perfectly and reminds us of the days when sidebars and widgets were the norm.

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Reader Raghken was so enamored with the teaser trailer for Supergiant Games’ upcoming title, Transistor, that he built this week’s featured desktop around it. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the game, the wallpaper is gorgeous.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2013

Reader Thand shows off his clean, Holo Light-inspired home screen with lots of widgets and a bright, colorful aesthetic.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2013

Reader LivingstonTheThird modeled his home screen around a minimal space-themed wallpaper, with plenty of widgets that blend in with the background as if they were there all along.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2013

Android: It’s hard to pretend that Android isn’t a huge vehicle for Google services. My Color Screen user yihaomizhijia doesn’t bother hiding it with the Google Grid.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2013

Reader Alex M put together this truly minimal home screen with a simple 3×3 grid of icons—and almost nothing else.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2013

Reader Elysium1215 put together a neat home screen with a dock on the side and a very cool tiled set of icons. Here’s how to put it together.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2013

Reader WharlsScreenName has a very minimal setup with two handy launchers for all the most important apps, justified to the right of the screen. Here’s what you need to recreate it.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2013

Reader Ollie Terrance wanted to get the look and feel of Ubuntu phone on his Android device. With a little help from Buzz Launcher and Widget Locker, that’s exactly what he did.

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2013

Reader SPoZB gives the minimalist look a bit of extra style with some cool text widgets, one in each corner of his Android home screen.

Designer z3u5 has shown off this fantastic retro LCD home screen, complete with icon pack, digital font, and even a cracked display “dock.”

Most Popular Featured Desktops and Home Screens of 2013

Reader Andreaslarsendk has shown off this super-simple, vector home screen for iOS with an inspirational reminder.

There you have it – the most popular home screens and featured desktops of 2013! If you want to see your customized desktop or your phone’s home screen in a post or list like this one, here’s what to do:

You never know, it may be the next one featured on the site!

Want more awesomely customized desktops and home screens? Check out our most popular featured desktops of 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.

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