Theme Thursday: Ink

Theme Thursday: Ink

May 17, 2012

Themes with a sort of a hand drawn notion are very difficult to build because there is a large difference between those that are made for the app and the ones that aren’t. GO Launcher Dev’s very own theme, Ink, compounds this issue by also being very limited in the number of icons it offers as well.

Forgetting about this a moment, Ink is a very well done app and nearly makes up for not including more icons by doing a typical icon border around the rest. This is really nothing more than a stylized and inked square that holds each app icon.
Luckily the background adds a great touch, and assuming the home dock stays with the usual assortment of apps that are included, the look is fantastic. These white inked icons pop out of the black brush swath behind them. The wallpaper is a off-white rice paper with a inky, hand drawn black and white image of a dandelion blowing in the wind with seeds flying away in the breeze. Even though that description does not seem like it would appeal to the more manly among us, the stark contrast and excellent artistic handiwork really stand out. The whole theme has a kind of oriental vibe to it, and this extends to the app drawer wallpaper which unfolds like a piece of parchment with a decidedly Asian design down the sides.

Seeing as this theme comes straight from the GO Launcher developers, I am tempted to hold it at a higher standard, especially pertaining to the lack of sufficient icons. With all the resources available there should have been more effort put into this theme that has so much potential, but seems to be mired in neglect. But, if my complaints seem trivial, I recommend picking up Ink on the Play Store because the entire styling is something to be praised.

Joseph Bertolini
Joseph is an Mechanical Engineering student at The Ohio State University as well as an amateur photographer.
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