Signalnoise theme for Google Chrome

Signalnoise theme for Google Chrome by James White

Google Chrome theme by James White

Signalnoise Google Chrome theme by James White

Signalnoise theme for Google Chrome by James White

I was asked by the mighty Google to participate in the launch of the new artist themes collection for Google Chrome, available for the first time on their website. The artist theme collection showcases over 100 leading artists, architects, musicians, illustrators, and fashion and interior designers from around the world who took the standard Google Chrome design and created their own unique version. In their own words:

“Our group of contributing artists come from a variety of styles and genres in the world of fashion and music.  All of these individuals have demonstrated creativity and innovation in their field of expertise, and when taken together, appeal to a variety of users. The collection of artist themes for Google Chrome displays a spectrum of creativity and variation to inspire users to customize their browser in a way that reflects their personal style.”

This was an exciting project to work on, recreating all of Google’s elements and rollovers while adding my own colorful touch.When it comes to program interfaces I use, I tend to like things very clean and organized which doesn’t take away from the content. So when it came to my own browser theme, it was challenging to add some pizazz while keeping things as basic as I could. The navigation buttons look different then my original design, will have to look into that.

I would like to thank all those at Google for making this possible. If you would like to check out the Signalnoise theme as well as many others, go to the artist themes collection, the Chrome blog, the Google blog or the official Google Twitter.







39 responses to “Signalnoise theme for Google Chrome”

  1. Aaron Irizarry Avatar

    Congrats man! Looks great

  2. Sam Avatar

    Awesome! So cool they asked you to do a theme. It looks really neat!

  3. Justin Avatar

    i’m downloading chrome just so i can use this theme.

    thank you

  4. Johnny Avatar

    Best one on there man.

  5. barton damer Avatar

    That’s huge! Congrats. Looks great. Is it only for Windows users though?

  6. kyle steed Avatar

    Simply amazing. Dude, this is awesome. How excited are you?

  7. Eric Guess Avatar

    Looks great James! Any thoughts on porting this over to Firefox ( ? Doubt the big G would like that, but something similar would be awesome!

  8. Matthias Avatar

    You absolutely won!

    When I take a look at the other themes, I have to say that yours is the most outstanding peace.


  9. JD Avatar

    Well, this was unexpected!

    I’d love to see that 4 image as a wallpaper :). yea? aww come on :(

  10. Diogo Duarte Avatar
    Diogo Duarte

    Oh, man! Cool!

    How did you do to have your browser buttons as the appear in this page shots.

    I want them to be multicolored toooo!


  11. james Avatar

    Thanks very much for all the kind feedback, everyone! I had a look through the gallery myself and have to say Chuck Anderson and Matt Moore really knocked it out of the park. Beautiful designs.

    Barton, I think you’re right. According to their website they’re working on a Mac version, but I might be mistaken.

    Kyle, quite excited :) Thanks buddy.

    Eric, unfortunately there won’t be any ports over to Firefox. Since this is a Google joint, it will have to stay there.

    JD, a wallpaper isn’t a bad idea. The image might not be large enough for a bigger monitor but I’ll certainly see how it works.

    Diogo, the colored buttons must have been lost in translation. I’ll have to look into it to see if any alterations can be done.

  12. Ehab Avatar


  13. Kate Mag Avatar

    That’s so cool and colorful

  14. John Avatar

    The Mac Version of Chrome is called Chromium I think. I’m not sure whether it’s an official Google project or an open source community project using Google’s code from Chrome.

    Chromium is in Alpha 4.0 now and, from what I’ve read, is very fast.

  15. Scott Avatar


    … this is the shit!

  16. Scott Avatar

    Installed the theme, having the same problem as Diogo. If you go to – – the preview shows all the the links as a fuzzy orange as well.

  17. Julio Ibarra Avatar
    Julio Ibarra

    the theme its extremely incredible! but as says diogo it look better with different colors in the buttons… since if they remain as is it (of color orange) it lose the sense multicolor of the theme…..

  18. tobe Avatar

    i think it’s the best theme until now for chrome..

  19. Chris Avatar

    That’s awesome, very cool you were asked to contribute!

  20. Black Avatar

    “” Justin says:

    i’m downloading chrome just so i can use this theme.

    thank you “”

    make of this words, my words !!! Powerfull!

    Next step, how to make a windows theme, hã ?

  21. alexander Avatar

    hey James, insane theme man, thanks a lot :) but it would like to see the colored buttons like in the shots on the site instead of orange ones ;)

  22. baratas Avatar

    … congratulations! Very crazy!! Peace!

  23. aerrow Avatar

    dis is the best theme \m/

  24. Eran Avatar

    You have done an excellent job making the theme not compete with the actual web page content, yet added some nice touch! best theme out there!!!

    by the way, I actually like the navigation buttons as they are now – easy to find because the color scheme is different, yet subtle.


  25. James Avatar

    You should make one for gmail too! Then my browser and gmail won’t be so out of sync…

  26. Sven Avatar

    A wallpaper would be really great! Any infos about that?
    I want it as Desktop-Background, so when i open Google Chrome, it hat the same style.
    Really great work ;)

  27. Andrius Avatar

    Great theme! Where can I find wallpaper ( for my widescreen background?

  28. Janel T Avatar

    I want to design my own theme. Did they give you any image sizes or specs?

  29. Yohann Avatar

    Marvelous ! Can i use the background for a student project ?

  30. Michael Avatar

    My two cents: Definitely the best Chrome Theme available.

  31. DIGID Avatar

    my favorite, well done.

    it messed up after a big chrome update i think but i just reinstalled it for an instant fix.

  32. Owen Avatar

    Thanks for making this excellent theme.

    It’s the first one that caught my eye when I started using Chrome; it’s certainly my favourite among all existing ones!

  33. Arisage Avatar

    Definitely the best Chrome Theme out there!

  34. Mihkel Avatar

    Superb theme, but still lacking those nicely coloured buttons :(

  35. Tiaaaaaa Avatar

    I totally want a widescreen background version of this theme too! It’s just my style ;)

  36. David Sproles Avatar
    David Sproles

    I get the feeling that there will never be a desktop background from this image. Sadface.

  37. Peter T Stewart Avatar

    wheres the download link , its not live ?

  38. Bram Wolfe Avatar
    Bram Wolfe

    I know it’s been ages since you’ve created this theme, but I have to ask…can you make the original image used available for background use? Even if it’s not a very large image, there are many users (myself included) who would be able to take the source and create our own backgrounds using image editing software, as you do.

    Right now the only image available is the small snippet you’ve included in this blogpost that’s a closeup of the “rainbow splash” which is only 470 x 352.

    Also there is a starry background that would be difficult to reproduce from that small image.

    Thank you,
    Bram Wolfe

  39. Josh Avatar

    I have been using this theme since you released it and if it’s not present I cannot function without feeling uncomfortable.

    Thank you for a timeless theme and the last one i’ll ever need.

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