Apple’s almighty designers don’t think much of how users might customize their Macs. Sure, we can buy skins for MacBooks, Desktop wallpaper for all Macs, add screensaver, move the Dock around, add translucency here and there, but real customization is taboo, verboten, frowned upon by Apple’s elitist designer class (possibly even illegal; software licenses these days tend to favor the developers, not the users).
What if you want to make OS X on your Mac look like, well, a reflection of your personality; or, have touches of your favorite colors; or, maybe you’re just tired of Apple’s idea of what a personal computer operating system should look like. It’s personal, remember?
Take a look at Flavours, a Mac app that lets you create themes you can apply to OS X, design yourself, and even share with others. Basically, Flavours swaps out specific components of OS X with components of different colors.
Those swap outs give OS X a completely different look; gone is the pale gray interface; replaced by colors and themes of your choosing, and, if you prefer, your own design.
Flavours comes with a built-in theme generator which gives you control over OS X windows and other visual aspects with just a few clicks. There’s even a scheduler so you can have one theme of colors for the daytime, and another at night. Collect themes if you want.
The theme editor is straightforward and displays just those window components you can safely customize to a color scheme or design you prefer.
There are some caveats, of course. Flavours isn’t free, but it promises not to muck with default system files to work the visual magic. There’s no guarantee that the themes you choose or create will look good, which may result in a little nausea while you work. Of course, Flavours runs only on OS X Yosemite, but at least the beta of the new version is free to try.