Client: Personal Customization
Date: March 21, 2014
Skills: Photoshop, Illustrator, Rainmeter, INI
As with all of my own stuff, I customized the hell out of my computer desktop. Normally I’ll just download a premade theme and make a tweak here and there. But this time, I decided to go all out and make a completely custom Rainmeter theme. Using some custom artwork and lots of coding, I was able to design a sexy desktop theme that I used for quite a long time.
This project required a custom Rainmeter skin. I’ve always found Rainmeter to be easy to use, but I had never coded my own widgets before. With just a little bit of trial and error, however, I was able to learn it rather quickly.
Along with customizing the desktop, I also completely re-skinned the entire Windows Explorer – including the start menu! This was the first time I had ever done that, and holy shit was it more complicated than I ever would have imagined. Fortunately, I’m always open to learning new skills and expanding my designs into mediums I’ve never touched before.
In addition to the Rainmeter skin and custom Windows visual style, my Blue Raven Desktop theme included a custom designed ObjectDock. I didn’t want all of my shortcut icons to be sitting on the desktop, so I hid them inside the nifty little ObjectDock and skinned it to match the rest of my theme.