Ive been a supporter of Playbook Style Icons, but you have to realize they only work because they have the entire background covered in that grey transparent gradient, and it looks better because its not the individual icons which have a backdrop creating a very busy appearance.
Originally Posted by playbookster
I think the Idea is to live in harmony with any type of wallpaper, but background pictures will always be pretty useless when it comes to screens that are home to a grid of icons. So for truly appreciating a Background Image, I suggest that the Active Frames Screen should be always present even if there are no apps running. I mean its not going to be very pretty to close all your apps and then all you can look at is a grid of icons, there should be some sort of "HomeScreen" to see when there are no open apps, and that should show off your wallpaper!
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