Jul 21, 2011
I can sum up this week’s theme in one word: bokeh. That’s the first word that popped into my head when I saw the screen shots for Inspired, a theme for ADW Launcher.
ADW Launcher is a home screen replacement utility that allows you to customize the look, feel and function of your Android device’s graphical user interface. Custom themes built for ADW Launcher make it extremely easy to replace the entire icon set, wallpaper and dockbars, giving your device a more personal identity.
Now, back to that word I mentioned earlier, “bokeh.” In photography, bokeh refers to the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in the out-of-focus areas of photographic images. It can make for some very appealing shots that many photographers strive for in their work, and, as you can see by the screenshots, it’s part of why I chose this week’s theme.
I’m not sure if the images in the included wallpapers were photographs that have been blurred to the point of abstraction or if they were already abstract splashes of color with a blurring filter applied to them, but they are simply gorgeous. They cause the icons to pop right out at you. It makes for a perfect wallpaper that is both beautiful and eye-catching, but not distracting. You can see the icons clearly and identify them quickly.
The only thing I don’t like is the color scheme of the folders, as seen in the screenshot below.
The way the folders are done here is a wrinkle in an otherwise flawless theme — one of my favorites to date.
The clock being used in the screenshots is a free clock widget called BobClockD3. I think it’s a perfect complement to this already outstanding theme.
Inspired is available on the Android Market for US$1.00, and the author does welcome icon recommendations, just in case you don’t find a custom icon for your favorite app.