I’m feeling really good about this week’s batch of themes. They’re from designers we don’t always hit, and they all bring a visual element to the table. With so much functionality available in nearly every theme, design is starting to be the most important aspect. I think you’ll enjoy these three.
I’ve always been partial to themes that look like something analog. Last time around we featured Jotter, a theme from Berry Good Themes that looks like notebook paper. This week we move to something slightly different: drawing paper. The Sketcher theme has a parchment background with black sketched icons in the applications menu. The home screen has a fixed calendar preview, plus six customizable icons. That has a gray background, though you can switch things up with a custom wallpaper. I really dig the drawn icons; it adds a little flair to the theme. You can get the Sketcher theme at Berry Good Themes for $4.99. It is compatible with all BlackBerry models, touch or not, from the 85xx series on up, including the Torch.
It feels like it’s been a while since we’ve featured an Elecite theme, so I thought I’d browse through their latest and see what they have. I was particularly taken by the design of their Quest theme. If there are any cartographers using a BlackBerry, this is your theme. Quest features an elegant home screen that has four set icons — messages, calendar, options, and browser — and six to 12 customizable ones (depending on your OS). The icons are all custom as well, so they fit perfectly. There is also a hidden Today area for users with OS 4.6 and above. If you’re into the design, you can get Quest at Elecite for $6.99. It works with OS versions 4.5 and above, but 4.5 users won’t get the hidden Today and they won’t get the static icons.
Are you a Twitter junkie? Sure you are. That’s why you’re looking at a theme called TwitterOn. As expected, the theme mimics Twitter for BlackBerry — which will make it odd, I suppose, when you actually launch the app (if you launch the app). It’s quite a neat concept. The home screen features eight customizable icons on the top bar, where your normal Twitter icons reside. The place where you type in a message becomes the text for the icons. The battery signal is where the remaining characters figure resides, and you can launch your pictures by clicking the photo button. The Tweet button, neatly, launches the Twitter for BlackBerry app. Really, the least interesting thing about this theme is the calendar Today. If you’re looking to turn your BlackBerry into a Twittering machine, you can get the TwitterOn theme for $3.99 until the end of the month. It works with BlackBerry models running OS 5.0.