Theme Thursday – CrystalX: Blue

Theme Thursday – CrystalX: Blue

Oct 13, 2011

Feeling a little blue? While it’s great to have plenty of colors to choose from, you might not want them all showing up at the same time. Therefore, it’s good to have just one or two for a more uniform appearance, and if blue just happens to be one of your favorite colors, this week’s theme is going to be of particular interest to you! For this Theme Thursday, we present, CrystalX: Blue.

Some of the features of CrystalX: Blue include 10 custom wallpapers to choose from, along with an internal wallpaper selector so that you wont have to dig through all of the wallpapers you might already have installed. In addition, you also get 4 custom dock bars, 120 custom app icons and, finally, 60 app drawer icons to complete the theme.

Of course, this is a custom theme for ADW Launcher, not a stand-alone application. That means you’ll need to install ADW Launcher first or you won’t be able to use this custom theme. ADW Launcher is a home replacement utility which can radically change the entire look and feel of your graphical user interface, changing everything from the way it looks to the way certain elements behave and function. Basically, it’s like a makeover for your phone or tablet. Also, it’s worth noting that in order to use the custom dock bars, such as the ones available in CrystalX: Blue, you’ll need ADW Launcher EX. While ADW Launcher is free, ADW Launcher EX costs US$3.32 and supports a number of features ADW Launcher does not.

As you can see from the screenshots below, the color blue prominently runs throughout this theme and its many icons. You may also note the custom widgets being used, although I am unable to identify them.

CrystalX: Blue can be found on the Android Market for US$1.20.

Theme Thursday – BlackBrushedCarbon

Theme Thursday – BlackBrushedCarbon

Sep 15, 2011

I love the simple elegance of black and white, especially when mixed with tones of grey and silver. You get a minimalist aesthetic while splashing in enough color to keep from being boring. However, the color scheme isn’t all that there is to BlackBrushedCarbon, this week’s theme for ADW Launcher.

Normally, you wouldn’t consider icons to be decorative. Given that icons generally serve a utilitarian purpose, that gives way to a rationale that icons aren’t supposed to be pretty. Outside of a savvy developer furthering their brand by putting the company logo in their app’s icon, most people just see icons as a switch, or a button — a handle to grasp at the abstract idea of executing a command to run an application. I find that the best themes take this idea and twist it around 180 degrees.

BlackBrushedCarbon, for example, has some attractive looking icons. The texture and color scheme help make them uniform, pulling the theme together, while making them a little nicer to look at. But this theme also doesn’t forget that icons are supposed to help you visually identify the app you’re looking for, so it’s good to see that logos and pictographs are still prominently displayed.

As with all of the themes featured on Theme Thursday, BlackBrushedCarbon is a theme for ADW Launcher, a highly customizable home screen replacement utility that makes customizing, editing and switching themes on your Android device a fun and easy experience. With over 400 app icons and 5 wallpapers in this theme, alone, you’ll be able to mix and match for an incredible looking user interface you can truly call your own!

If you want a simple, elegant theme with just enough decoration to keep it interesting without appearing too busy, BlackBrushedCarbon might be the look you’re looking for.

BlackBrushedCarbon is available on the Android Market for US$1.49.