The Best Steam Theme

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Sometimes, The Bests covers the big stuff. Other times, like today, it’s the small stuff.


Confession: I ask a lot of my platforms and services. I don’t just like them to work well, I like them to look good while doing it. So Steam has forever been in my bad books: it works just fine, but even with its recent update, it still looks a little yuck.

But that’s OK. Valve kinda know this, which is why Steam allows users to skin the desktop client and change at least some of its appearance (stuff like the store page and community functions can’t be altered, so most mods just change the main menus and library).

I know lots of people have been using skins for a long time, and may well have built up their own list of favourites, but the purpose of this post is to tell you that you’re wrong, you’ve made a bad decision and you should immediately install the skin I’m about to recommend instead.

Which is Air Skin.


Why? See confession #2: I am very much in love with Google’s current fixation with Material Design (I own a Nexus 6), as it hits the right balance between working well as a UI (ie making things clear and easy to find/use) but also looking nice as well.


Air Skin purposefully (its description straight up says it’s “Embracing Google’s Material Design language”) brings that to Steam, and it looks amazing. Menus are crisp and clear, the text is easy to see and it’s overall just a lot brighter and cleaner than Steam’s main design. It makes Steam look as modern as it feels.

You can download it here.

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