Our inaugural Monthly Home Screen Challenge for the month of October was a great success. So much so that we decided to keep the challenge going, and we got some awesome submissions for November. As always, it was tricky picking a winner, and after much deliberation we finally settled on Hotmann, who came up with an interesting take on the periodic table.

Just like last month's challenge, we have taken the winning submission and broken it down into its basic components for your reading/designing pleasure. Enjoy!

Winner - Hotmann

Hotmann's entry can be difficult to comprehend at first, but on closer inspection it is clearly one of the most creative uses of an Android home screen that I have ever seen.


Hotmann has created this work of art on his Motorola Atrix which has a qHD display (540x960). His device is running on the Alien ROM (build #4), using the Simplicity theme.

On top of that, he is running Launcher Pro which is a great alternative to the stock launcher that comes with most devices, as it allows for a lot of customization. In this case, he has tweaked the default LauncherPro setup heavily to achieve his periodic table design.

Developer: Federico Carnales
Price: Free

The slick time and date display on the first home screen is achieved using the Minimalistic Text app. This app allows you to configure a variety of information and display it in a minimalist fashion on your home screen.

Minimalistic Text: Widgets
Minimalistic Text: Widgets
Developer: Devmil
Price: Free

To obtain the red clickable "elements" on the home screen, Hotmann has used the Desktop VisualizeR app. This app makes shortcuts or widgets with either the image specified or the icon of another application.

Desktop VisualizeR
Desktop VisualizeR
Developer: Bii, Inc.
Price: Free

Finally, the power control widget, seen on the last home screen, is from the Widgetsoid app. This app is essentially a switcher toggle for a digital clock, battery, network connection, and Wi-Fi level.

The app was not found in the store. :-(

It is apparent that this home screen is not just made up of a custom ROM and a bunch of apps and widgets. However rather than waste anymore words explaining how this work of art can be replicated on your own home screen, we will direct our readers to his blog, which gives detailed instructions.

In his own words, Hotmann has "created something pretty unique" and we tend to agree with him.


In addition to our grand prize winner we also decided to pick four runner-ups. If you wish to read more about how they put together their set-up, click on their names to head to the relevant post.

Runner-Up 1: Ridiculous Hat


Runner-Up 2: Rick


Runner-Up 3: pcon


Runner-Up 4: Visual Perfection


The best part about the Monthly Home Screen Challenge is that it gives everyone a chance to flex their creative muscle and come up with a stylish, yet functional home screen. So, hop to it and get your entries ready for December's challenge!