Inspired by this Reddit thread, I’ve made a wallpaper based on the paper aeroplanes in the original image. Resolution is 1920×1080 and you can get the full size version here. Hope you like it.
Here at Geekosity, we’re currently in the throes of winter, but we understand that most of you guys live in that other hemisphere, upstairs. And with that in mind and with nothern hemisphere schools and colleges all breaking up for the long summer break, we thought we’d tap into that cool road-trip summer vibe with this rather funky wallpaper of a VW Combi Van. You can get it, right here.
Something a bit different for you this week. We’ve given minimalism the boot and told it to ‘man up’, in favour of a wallpaper so pumped full of testosterone it’s liable to start humping your leg. Yes, it’s a Captain America wallpaper, created by someone called deaviantwatcher from some original artwork created by Sega for their Captain America: Super Soldier game. Anyway – it’s a terrific wall and you should go and get it, right now.
Well now, we’ve got a superb selection of wallpapers for you today. We’ve scoured the wallpaper libraries from DeviantArt to Wallbase to find the best sunset walls available. This is not some dodgy list compiled from the most popular downloads, we’ve actually gone through all the sunset wallpapers looking for the best ones and handpicked them all. What’s more, we started out with 50 finalists and we wittled the list down to 20 that we’re happy to give the Geekosity stamp of approval. Enjoy.
Just click on any image to view its download page …
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It’s great to see the Windows customisation community back in full song again. I suppose that over a decade of Windows XP will blunt anyone’s enthusiasm, but Windows 7 seems to have reignited the scene. And for as long as there has been a customisation scene, there’s been Rainmeter – it’s one of those venerable apps that’s been there from day one, like Windowblinds and Winstep. It has evolved out of all recognition since the early days when it was, in fact a rain meter. Now it can pull off amazing skins like Omnimo.
Omnimo 4 is inspired by Windows Phone 7′s cool angular colour blocks interface. It’s a multifunctional interactive desktop information center which runs on top of Rainmeter. It utilises a huge number of custom tiles to provide various information/settings at a glance, right on the desktop. Moreover, this is a skin that was designed to be customised itself – every single tile can be tweaked, modified or positioned according to your requirements. It bears more than a passing resemblance to the early builds of Windows 8 that Microsoft demoed recently.
Out of the box, Omnimo 4 looks sensational, but don’t stick with the default layout. You can either click on the settings icon and add your own tiles or download some new, highly specific ones, from the add-ons library. If you’re into desktop customisation and you haven’t taken this suite for a spin yet, you’re missing out on something truly amazing. If you want to supply feedback, be sure to favourite and comment on the DeviantArt entry.
This week’s five star wall is a beautifully understated design. It was created from this stunning photo by Thinh Nguyen. The colour palette’s a cool aqua blue that works really well on the desktop allowing for effective display of your customised desktop icons. It’s only available in 1920×1200, but other resolutions are only a Photoshop chop away.
There are loads of cheat-sheet style wallpapers out there, but the vast majority of them are either horrible to look at, or so specialised that they hold little interest for most people. For the purposes of this round-up we’ve tracked down six wallpapers that look great on the desktop and include useful facts or information.
So You Need a TypeFace
Anyone who’s ever struggled to find the right typeface will appreciate this functional
and useful wallpaper which will guide you through the whole process.
Another reference sheet for designers. This wallpaper manages to combine a very cool
design with useful advice.
Colourful and informative at the same time. If you’ve ever had one of those ‘where the
hell is Kruminjistan anyway …’ moments, this is the wall for you.
An absolute design classic, the original London Underground map looks great
on your desktop whether you live in in ‘the smoke’ or not.
The Anatomy of Type
Great cheat-sheet this one – it breaks down all the elements that go into making and
using a font.
Elements of Design
The absolute basic building blocks of design are explained clearly and concisely
in this useful and attractive wallpaper.
Kicking off the first of what will be a regular weekly update, we’ll be picking out one wallpaper from the wider Internet and awarding it five star status. I’m sad to say that I don’t know who the creator of this image was, or whether it was an amateur designer or an ice cream company behind it. What I do know is that it’s a superb colourful desktop wall that can and will brighten up your day. Click below to download from Wallbase.
Looking for some replacement desktop candy for your workhorse application suites? Well step this way, Sir or Madam. We’ve hunted high and low for some cool icons for the Adobe CS5 suite and for the latest Microsoft Suites. All packs are cross platform, just use your favourite icon replacement software (we namecheck a couple at the bottom of the article) and spruce up your desktop. You can use these to replace desktop icons or in your system dock, or both.
There are a couple of excellent icon management applications available for the Mac and for Windows. Candybar for OSX is a pricey but comprehensive application, while LiteIcon is a simple and free icon swapper or you can rock it old school. On Windows there’s the venerable Iconpackager or IconTweaker. Have fun.
Note: if you’re interested in cool wallpapers, please check out our other round-ups, Six Cool Cheat-Sheet Wallpapers, 20 Stunning Sunset Wallpapers, The Minimalist Collection July – 12 Stylish New Wallpapers and of course our regular wallpaper of the week.
Sometimes I wonder if people need to be shown the dictionary definition of the word minimalistic. Browse through any of the popular wallpaper sites and you’ll find thousands of wallpapers in that category that are about as minimalistic as a renaissance oil painting.
I’ve scoured the wallpaper sites and are happy to present to you, five incredibly cool wallpapers that are the very essence of minimalistic. For this first round-up I’ve chosen five dark wallpapers, these show off icons like the default OSX and Windows 7 variety to great effect. Just click on the links below to download the archives and then install the appropriate resolution for your desktop.
This is a really nicely done wallpaper with antique echoes and a tasteful vignette to
blend to your screen edges.
Clean, crisp, black, modern. What more could you ask for?
Beautiful high resolution wood textures and a cool black palette make this wallpaper
Crispy and white in tone, this is a deceptively tricksy wallpaper that makes fine use
of pixelated blocks.
Not one but three very cool antique styled walls to sit in an understated fashion
on your desktop.