Desktop Planners for Creatives

CREATE DESKTOP PLANNERS

CREATE CUSTOM DESKTOP PLANNERS

DESIGN A DESKTOP BACKGROUND TO ORGANIZE YOUR FOLDERS

In this blog post I talk about an easy and simple way to organize your folders or alias folders in your computer screen background, with custom desktop planners.

Here it is the information I will cover in the article:

-What are desktop planners?

-Create your own custom desktop planner:

  1. Preparing your artboard
  2. Planning the structure & sections
  3. Designing your custom grid
  4. Exporting the desktop planner
  5. Applying the background

WHAT ARE DESKTOP PLANNERS?

A desktop planner is simply a grid where you can display some common sections of your most important activities, where you will place your folders or alias folders and have everything organized.

But at the same time we can also make something very creative and unique, as the example I show you below!

My custom and unique desktop planner using a liberty pattern design

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Work with alias folders!
Create many aliases for those folders where you normally have to come over and over.
Whilst I keep all my folders well organized in an external hard disk (to leave all the possible RAM memory available for running the Adobe software programs properly), working with alias folders in my computer allows me to be more productive and efficient.

Ok, so let’s start!

CREATE YOUR CUSTOM AND UNIQUE DESKTOP BACKGROUND

For this matter, you can use any designing program to create it, such as Photoshop or Illustrator. In my case, I will use Illustrator.

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You can also download my Desktop Planner Template for Creatives here

1 – PREPARE THE ARTBOARD

First, let’s create an artboard with the measures of your computer screen.

These are the standard sizes for IMac:

1920×1080 px for the 21,5 in. iMac and  2560×1440 px for the 27,5 in. iMac.

create the artboard for your desktop planner

2 – PLAN THE STRUCTURE/SECTIONS

Now think about your daily work and what sections you would need to create in the desktop planner according to what you normally use more often.

Here I leave you some examples:

-Business Departments

-Templates

-Classes

-Inspiration

-Projects

-Personal

-Apps

-Backups

-Urgent (here you could break it down into a desktop weekly planner)

-Etc

3 – DESIGN YOUR CUSTOM GRID 

According to the planning, design your grid, using rectangles/squares that will include the different sections that you need. Align them accordingly to have a well balanced design.

Incorporate the names for the different sections with the fonts that you prefer.

design the grid for your desktop planner

Decide on the color palette that suits you best and color the squares/rectangles with it.

Also, you can decide to incorporate your own patterns or illustrations (to the squares or to the background), to make it even more personal and unique. 

For my desktop planner, I have used a Liberty pattern that I have created as the background.

Desktop planner with my own pattern design.

4 – EXPORT THE IMAGE AS A JPG/PNG

In Illustrator Go to File > Export > Save for web and Save as a .jpg or .png file.

5 – APPLY YOUR NEW AND UNIQUE DESKTOP PLANNER TO YOUR COMPUTER

Now in your desktop, right click and a window will come up. Select the option Change desktop.

If you have more than one monitor, two windows will come up, giving you the option to change the desktop in both.

Select the one that you are going to change. In my case, I am going to change it in the secondary monitor.

Select the monitor where you are going to apply your new desktop planners

Click in the + button to open a new window and be able to select the location where you have placed your desktop planner. Apply it.

Select your desktop file and apply it

Finally place all your folders/alias folders into the new sections in the screen background.

Desktop planners including folders

Congratulations! Now you have a beautiful and unique desktop planner.

How do you see it? I think it looks super cool!

If you found this post useful, I would be very happy to read your comments below.

Have a nice day and see you soon!

Published by Beatriz Pascual

Surface pattern designer & Illustrator. Creative, dreamer and in continuous learning. Degree in Advertising & PR (UCM)

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