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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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!