Theme Thursday: Axla, FlatIcons, Gusht and more

By , Feb 27, 2014

Theme Thursday 5

This fifth edition of Theme Thursday marks one month since we began highlighting some of the best Winterboard themes available for iPhone and iPod touch. It has been a lot of fun putting this column together each week, and I’m glad that so many readers have been enjoying it. iPad users, your roundup is on the horizon.

Best of all, it makes me proud that we’re able to give some well-deserved recognition to the talented graphic designers in this community. If it wasn’t for those people, we wouldn’t have these great themes to use on our devices. So, without further ado, this week’s featured themes are: Axla, iOS 8 Concept, FlatIcons, Gusht and iOS 8 Infinity Theme. Dive right in…

To achieve the overall setup of my Home screen, I have switched to a 3×3 sparse icon layout using Iconoclasm. IconOmatic was then used to remove the app icon labels and apply a shadow underneath the icons. Both jailbreak tweaks are available on Cydia. On a related note, HomescreenDesigner is another good option for customizing your Home screen setup.

Axla

Axla

While I don’t think this theme is as groundbreaking as advertised, Axla offers a refined set of custom icons that are designed with both simplicity and depth. The theme has a vibrant color palette and support for a wide variety of stock, third-party and jailbreak apps. What’s even better is that non-themed icons blend right in for the most part, making the wait for additional icon requests less painful.

Axla, the work of iOS designer Meteochu, comes with both a default mask and circle mask that can be enabled optionally through WinterBoard. The theme’s official description claims that it makes subtle changes to the user interface, although I haven’t noticed a single difference systemwide. I would like to see the number of icons grow past the 110 included, but otherwise have nothing bad to say about this theme. $1.00 on the Cydia Store.

iOS 8 Concept

iOS 8 Concept

Sebastien shared this theme with me last week, and I’m not sure why I didn’t feature it sooner. iOS 8 Concept by EverythingApplesPro takes the iOS 7 icons and gives them a well-designed makeover, but the theme is restricted to mostly stock apps. Many third-party apps that I installed from the App Store do not have custom icons, which is the major downside of using most themes in general. Just like with Axla, I would like to see more icons added to this theme. In the meantime, it is free on Cydia in the BigBoss repository.

FlatIcons

FlatIcons

Another theme that should have made Theme Thursday already is FlatIcons, one of the most popular minimalistic themes for iPhone. The single biggest draw to this theme is that it has over 500 custom icons and counting, obliterating the total icon counts of possibly any theme not named Jaku. And with multiple icon masks that can be enabled through Winterboard, the theme can be further customized to your liking.

FlatIcons icons are said to be carefully drawn by hand and optimized for the Retina display, and that level of detail is highly evident. Better yet, the designers of this theme are committed to fulfilling icon requests through the FlatIcons website. I can only imagine that FlatIcons for iOS 7 will one day eclipse the whopping 1150 icons that are bundled with the iOS 6 version. FlatIcons iOS7 is a dollar well spent on the Cydia Store.

Gusht

Gusht

The icon masking for this theme reminds me of Soft Remix, although I have to say that the latter theme remains far superior in design. Nevertheless, Ryne Braun‘s Gusht is a decent alternative to stock iOS 7 and has over 200 custom icons and growing. Now if only we could get more graphic designers to focus on themes that aren’t simply white glyphs slapped on an icon, like Jaku or Laguna. But if this is your style, Gusht will set you back a dollar on the Cydia Store for iPhone.

iOS 8 Infinity Theme

iOS 8 Infinity

I’m not sure why so many themes are using iOS 8 nomenclature, but the iOS 8 Infinity Theme is worth mentioning regardless of its name. I am a big fan of themes that have icons with contoured edges, and iOS 8 Infinity executes that design perfectly. I’m not sure why the Music app doesn’t have a custom icon, considering it is one of the main stock apps, but the theme does support a wide variety of apps overall.

iOS 8 Infinity took over three months to be completed by Russian graphic designer Nico Achkasov, and was intended to make Apple rethink its own icon design. It is said to follow a specific color palette and same grid system that the Cupertino-based company uses, albeit in a more consistent and harmonious manner. If it suits you, the theme can be found on Cydia for free in the default ZodTTD repository.

Thank you to the readers that have contributed theme recommendations for this column over the past month. I encourage you to continue doing so in the comments section down under. If you happen to design themes yourself, you can gift your work to Cydia ID 6107077 for potential coverage. I recommend reaching out to me on Twitter (@rsgnl) to connect as well. I will be leaving on a trip to Montréal just as this roundup is published, but I will be sure to have Tweetbot by my side.

Which theme are you using?

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  • Armando Ruiz

    Ayeris really set the bar pretty high. I can’t take some of these themes seriously.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I don’t care for Gusht but all of the other themes featured here look quite nice IMO…

      • Armando Ruiz

        Totally agree but to each his/her own.

    • Phillip

      Indeed, Ayeris is the best iOS 7 theme so far

      • 胡绍林

        999

      • Jonathan

        2319

        …….
        what does 999 mean?

      • Jonathan

        Wallpaper rocks. Could you share it please?

      • Phillip

        Sure

      • Jonathan

        Thank you!

    • HiGhGuY

      I can’t take any of these “themes” seriously, including Ayeris, because they’re nothing more than icon sets.

  • on3simpleclick

    nothing particularly eye catching from any of these themes.

  • Framboogle

    I still think iDB should at least take a look at WORST THEME EVER

    • highNiggaPie

      lmao what theme is this

      • Jonathan

        It says it on the top. Worst theme ever.

      • Rigs101

        Lmfao that name though haha scary movie 2 good times

    • 56

      I’m the one who put that theme on cydia in 2009 !
      Believe it or not, it was a team effort.
      http://xsellize.com/topic/17429-stupid-silly-make-the-most-rubbish-noob-iphone-icon-you-can-thread/

      • Jonathan

        I don’t know why, but I’m laughing xD

      • Just Abe

        Please create an updated version! I just installed it, and couldn’t get it to work. Then I figured I had tot turn on Summerboard Mode since it’s an old theme. It works, but many of the icons don’t work anymore (i.e. text is now messages). Please please please create a new worst theme ever :D!

      • Jonathan

        If you know the basics of creating a theme, you could do it yourself. Zip the theme, email it to yourself. Copy all the icons, and then use another theme to properly name the Bundle ID and Icon names.
        Create a control in DEBIAN (lemme know if you need help) and upload it to Cydia.
        Or, zip it, email it, and extract it in the themes folder in iFile for yourself.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        But aren’t the icon sizes different in iOS 7 compared to iOS 6?

      • Jonathan

        Ohh.. yeah. nice catch. Just put them in Photoshop and resize the canvas to (Ctrl + Alt + i) 120 and save as png.

      • Palmer Paul

        No need to create a control. Just change the extension of the file with all the Bundles in it to .theme and place it in /Library/Themes. If you want to have it up on Cydia, you can just give the .theme file when you are submitting it.

      • Framboogle

        You are a true genius in aesthetics.

  • Eni

    can you make a review to safari downloader+ please?

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    that ios8 concept looks pretty good altho the calling and messaging app should be the same color

    • Everythingapplespro

      i thought about it, but why ?
      Because apple does it ?

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        so it matches in same category of colors. so it fits because it is lighter shade than other and it makes me kind of ocd.

  • Rico Haze

    wallpaper?

  • Ansar Arif

    I like the theme called “Pleiades.”

    • Framboogle

      That theme is actually ugly af.

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        Lol

  • https://www.facebook.com/george.abatzidis george abatzidis

    UI7

    • Omar Wright

      where can i get this?

    • Nathan

      ya~ where can i find this???

    • https://www.facebook.com/george.abatzidis george abatzidis

      UI7 is a theme i m working on. it is not completely done, needs icon base enrichment… when ready i ll let you know! very glad that many of you like it! excited!

    • rachel

      thats awesomeee!

  • Jonathan

    What do you think of my theme Sleek7 Premium?

    • Just Abe

      I think I’ve found my new theme :)

      • Jonathan

        Awesome! :D

      • Just Abe

        Do you have like a psd template I can use? I have many Dutch apps and there aren’t any icons for them. I also don’t expect them since it’s a small user base. So I hoped there is some kind of template I can use to create my own.

      • Jonathan

        I’m sorry, no there is no template. Are these from the App Store? If so, just send an email to midnightmoon012@gmail.com for an auto response on instructions and I’ll add all of them in the next update. :)

      • Just Abe

        nice, i’ll send an e-mail with the app links :D

      • Jonathan

        App links? I need what the auto reply said. :) The app icon names, sizes and Bundle ID.
        Also to answer your question about iPad version, I’m thinking of doing that soon. But I don’t have an iPad, so I can’t test it myself. I’d need a few testers with all these apps to make sure they work.

      • Just Abe

        I don’t mind testing :)

        I got the reply, I’ll find the Bundle ID and names, sizes for the apps I requested.

      • Jonathan

        You have an iPad with Retina display? if so, you would be my main tester. Would you mind that?

      • Just Abe

        Yes I have an iPad Air. I don’t mind testing it :)

      • Jonathan

        Awesomeness! I’ll reply to you when I’m ready to test through the email that you will send to me for icon requests. Is that okay, or would you rather me use another email?

      • Just Abe

        Yeah that’s perfect! I’ll send you the mail as soon as I have the info (within the next hour or so)

      • Jonathan

        kk. :D I’ll probably work on it this weekend.

      • Just Abe

        nice! I e-mailed you the requests!

      • Jonathan

        Didn’t get it. :/ Did you type the email right?

      • Just Abe

        I used the one in the instruction. thefirexxxxxxxxx@g

      • Jonathan

        Thanks for privacy. :D
        I didn’t get it. Could you resend it please?

      • Just Abe

        done. if it doesn’t work, I can also send it in a DM through Twitter?

    • Noaaahh

      The only thing that I don’t like about this is the Settings icon. I’ve seen it around on a few themes and it rips the original off, unless, you’re the original creator of the icon! ;)

      • Jonathan

        No. I’m not the original creator. :P Is it a rip off if multiple people use it?
        I’d call it a ripoff if one person had it because I’m stealing his/her idea. but because multiple people use it, I’d call it a general audience idea, so I wouldn’t call it a rip off. I did however create the icon from scratch if that satisfies your worries. =)

      • Noaaahh

        Well, I guess we /can/ call it that then ;P

      • Jonathan

        lol yep. :P

    • Svs

      Wow is that the size of the new iphone?

      • Jonathan

        I wish. It’s an iPod 5. I just used Springtomize 3 to make the icons smaller and remove the names.

  • Ley

    Can you link the Wallpapers please!!!!

  • Bieberkinz

    You guys need to showcase “Liquid Swag” from the Reddit Community Repo. It’s up there with ayecon with being on of the most iconic themes EVER. I’ve even heard the designer possibly getting an internship from Apple for his excellent design choices. It’s a life-changing experience for some, and I would rate it 16 Chuck Norris out of 2 Barack Obamas.

    • Framboogle

      This is my new favorite theme

  • Andres Robles

    I can’t download the latest version of winterboard for some reason.after I updated and restored to 7.0.6 it won’t work but it did on 7.0.4?what should I do?

    • Framboogle

      Open iFile and go to /system/library/coreservices/systemversion.plist/ and change 7.0.6 to 7.0.4 and respring. Problem solved.

  • Allen Greathouse

    Cool I would prefer though if you didn’t use iconoclasm when you show off the theme because it limits how many different themes icons we can see per pick

  • http://R0Fleming.tumblr.com/ R0Fleming

    Where’s Ayeris at? I would’ve expected Surenix’s amazing theme to be on this week’s Theme Thursday.

    • Jonathan

      It had a post just for itself. :)

  • noecuhh

    Do any of these work on the ipad?

  • Meteochu

    Corrections for Axla, it’s $1.99 and not $1

    and Thanks for the review :))

  • Prasoon Singh

    Sorry but I can’t replace Ayeris.

  • tariq

    Love mine!

  • Techno Ventures

    Making a new theme :)

    • Spider_Pig27

      Screenies?

      • Techno Ventures

        I will only release it on April.Not gonna share my screenshot now,If i do…Some people would copy it.I had experienced it.

      • Techno Ventures

        The theme would be awesome…I guarantee it.

        Its a simple theme from the creator of a popular theme ‘Liminal’

      • Spider_Pig27

        cool

  • אביאור רוקח

    I am using SwitchX

  • Hyr3m

    Theme Thursday : Because you know you want 12 pages of icons instead of 6. What’s that screen estate for except page-dots ?

  • rachel

    can someone tell me how to keep adding icons that the creator makes into the theme? like some icons i have aren’t included in a certain theme but the creator keeps updating them do i just update the theme or do i have to manually add the new icons via ifile?

  • Jonathan

    Joe, could you PLEASE tell me how you got the wallpaper for Axla? I know it’s a winterboard theme.. which is it? I LOVE it! If not.. I’ll have to figure out the proper names…

  • Guest

    Is to open up the beautiful little bit of visual art: 就是开起来美观一点,视觉先进一点

  • http://weibo.com/qq799804141 胡绍林

    就是看起来美观一点,视觉先进一点,That looks beautiful and little bit of visual art

  • http://weibo.com/qq799804141 胡绍林

    That looks beautiful and little bit of visual art

  • Romeo Thái Tử

    Can I ask a few things before I decide to install theme??? Is Winterboard work fine in iOS 7? Is Winterboard cause any lagging n battery draining??? Other than that…I am good to go ^^. Thanks for help :)

  • Deniz Batun

    Can you link these wallpapers in Wallpapers Week subject?

  • Guest

    Ayeris ♥

  • Eric Mason

    “Mary for iOS 7″ just dropped. It’s really nice.

  • Eric Mason

    Aromy is a new theme that just came out today. I’ve been waiting for it for some time now and am happy to say it looks great. I’d also recommend people check out Mary, another great theme.

  • Sunny

    iOS 8 wallpapers please

  • Matt Warren

    how do you make the icons sit on the dock like that? thanks

  • Matt Warren

    found it now thanks