Reader McTarkus submitted this beating heart desktop to our Desktop Showcase, and in animated form, we can’t help but show it to the world. Here’s how he made it, and how you can make it too.
There’s a good amount of Rainmeter going on here, but it’s all good, and it’s all great looking. Here’s what you’ll need if you want to duplicate the look:
- The wallpaper and the custom cutout to make the animation work are all at McTarkus’ Dropbox
- The Rainmeter system tweaking and monitoring tool for Windows
- The Monstercat Visualizer skin for Rainmeter for the audio visualizer
- The Circuitous Two skin for Rainmeter for the volume, CPU, and RAM system monitors
- The Do I Need a Jacket? skin for Rainmeter for the weather in the lower left
- The SimpleMedia skin for Rainmeter for time and date
- The Vark skin for Rainmeter for the text shortcuts and labels with the Basic5 skin and Century Schoolbook font to tie it all together.
There are a lot of moving parts here, but they combine to create something really unique—seriously, we haven’t seen anything quite like this before, and it’s a great example of someone making their desktop truly their own, instead of just taking whatever’s given to them. It’s personalization at its finest. If you like it too, head to McTarkus’ kinja blog linked below to let him know how much you like it!
Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 1280×720 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!
My Custom Desktop | McTarkus