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Simply Red & White
Date Added: Saturday, August 11th, 2012 at 12:04 am

Simply Red & White.
I just can’t help myself with black backgrounds, but I figured it was time to start including a touch more color and custom graphics.
The wallpaper is a one-off just for this, done in GIMP.
The icons are from the developer pack at, and recolored and scaled down to 48×48 except the square camera icon which is 40×40 or so.
The Font is White Rabbit, and is available on fontsquirrel.
I was messing with different home buttons for the nav bar so the sizing is not the same between the landscape and portrait, but oh well.. not really important.
Was kind of in a rush so the quality is sub-par but maybe I’ll revisit this idea later.

  1. Posted 2012/08/11 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    really nice…
    if u dont mind me asking
    the circles are in the wallpaper
    and u fitted the icons inside ?

  2. Posted 2012/08/11 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    how do u find the exact grid that u need?

  3. Posted 2012/08/11 at 12:55 am | Permalink


    You know, as to the grid question, I guessed a lot.. I want to make a proper set of grids with and without the notification bar and different nav bar sizes, etc, but so far I’m just winging it…

    I ended up just embedding the icons in the background so everything except the text is all in the wallpaper… The touch points are not exact but somewhat close enough. I managed just fine with it, but I’m used to it. I think its a 9×6 or 10×10 grid, can’t remember which. I’ve already moved on to making a new one.

  4. Posted 2012/08/11 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    Oh thanx
    1 last thing do u design the wall papers?
    If no do u know where I can find some ?

  5. Posted 2012/08/11 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    How did you set it up so that the wallpaper layout looks so good in both portrait and landscape?

  6. Posted 2012/08/11 at 1:52 am | Permalink


    Yeah, I made the wallpapers and the circles or w/e we’ll call them (the red things :P).

    I made and use a different wallpaper for landscape.

  7. Posted 2012/08/11 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    Is that a part of the function of the Rom you’re on, or a Nexus feature?

  8. Posted 2012/08/11 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    There is an app that does it.. I used it once a while back, then saw it on someones screen earlier last night or this morning and it reminded me of it, but I didn’t install it. I just took the screen shots. I never actually use my phone in landscape mode these days but I used to a lot in the car so I try to make them work both ways.

    I wish I had grabbed it when I saw it.

    If you find that widget before me, post it here plz :p .. I’ll do the same.

    I’m trying to gather a good stash of apps to make a UI that is really different from anything you can buy in the store, but I keep losing them when I flash a new rom!

  9. Posted 2012/08/11 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    i noticed the previous comment i think this will help
    u can use it to backup every app/widget as an apk file
    on you SD
    hope u find it useful
    q: what program do use to design the wallpapers photoshop or something else?

  10. Posted 2012/08/11 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    I use gimp. I prefer vector images so I use inkscape when possible, but I’m terrible with inkscape and much better with gimp. Both are free, open-source, multiplatform graphic editors so I’d recommend you give them a try. Much less expensive to use gimp than photoshop… Plus learning one and then learning a different one is hard.. so start with the free one ;) Gimp is the photoshop equivalent but if you can stand inkscape, it makes vector images and they are very useful at times.

    I might have to give that app a try.. usually I used titanium backup but on one of the forums (xda or rootz) there was talk about something new and much better.. so IDK.. It gets messy though, all those backups.

  11. Posted 2012/08/11 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    @User_Error thanx for everything
    i know this is of topic
    but can u tell me what i need to get started creating icons
    is there some kind of templates
    and is there an app another app butt not ‘simple text’ that can make text hotspots ?

  12. Posted 2012/08/11 at 3:15 am | Permalink


    First, of course, here are a couple things to help get you started.

    and as far as text hotspots, I’m running Apex Launcher, if you drag an app to the homescreen and then click and hold down on that icon it’ll give you the option to change the icon and the app name (or just remove the text but you can do that globally for all apps on the homescreens in Apex settings). It also has some of its own functions that you can set up like the one I use to pull down the status bar – it doesn’t hide/unhide it, it just shows the notifications pull down only.

    Also, I have my home key set to open my app drawer when I am on my home screen, and that is a feature of AOKP (the rom I run).

    Oh, the second link.. that does batches of icons, and can be tweaked in a bunch of ways.. I don’t run Windows or OSX so I don’t use it often because it requires .. technical jibberish.. but yeah.. its pretty much alright.

    If you go looking for icons though try to search for ones in SVG format. Those are vector images and you can scale up a vector image to 9999999999x999999999px and it’ll still be super crisp.. those are great if you want to make big icons I like do often. Vector images are always preferred, you just have to export them to png in the resolution you want before you use them on your phone.. I don’t think android supports vector images for icons yet (though I think it should).

  13. Posted 2012/08/11 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    hey can you release the wall? :D

  14. Posted 2012/08/11 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Amazing! can you tell me how do you open applications if they are embedded in wallpaper?

  15. Posted 2012/08/12 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    I drag the app onto the wallpaper and put it on top of the wallpaper where the icon for it is, then switch the icon on the app to a transparent image, so the touch point is there but all you see is the icon that is embedded in the wallpaper.

  16. Posted 2012/08/12 at 1:21 am | Permalink


    Yeah its stored elsewhere, though I’ll grab a copy next chance I get and get it posted.

  17. Posted 2012/08/12 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    @User_Error thank you

  18. Posted 2012/08/14 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    @NeoHV @bogdyy13

    Wallpapers for both landscape and portrait are posted :)

    I’ll try to get them posted faster in the future.

  19. Posted 2012/08/14 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    @User_Error thanx ! would mind giving me ur gmail ?

  20. Posted 2012/08/14 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    Am working on a screen and I just want u to point me in the right direction

  21. Posted 2012/08/14 at 1:50 am | Permalink
  22. Posted 2012/08/14 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    So I can send u the screenshots b4 posting them

  23. Posted 2012/08/16 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Just want to say, that’s great design man. This combines all of my favorite aspects – minimalism, black background, and simple icons.

    I probably would have added a fatty clock widget somewhere around, but that’s totally my preference :)

    Keep up the good work!

  24. Posted 2012/09/25 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    can u plz upload the .PSD to this

  25. Posted 2012/10/07 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    @NeoHV Hope you went ahead and posted them anyway.. No sense worrying about whether I like them or not.. feel free to link to them in a comment on any of my screens if any of mine helped to inspire some aspect of them.. I’m interested in seeing what people take away from what I post.

  26. Posted 2012/11/30 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    can i have the icon, where you put in the circle

  27. Posted 2012/11/30 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    @crackednation .. read the description.

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