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I use KLWP, which is pretty cool if you're interested in creating custom themes for your home screens.
It uses basically none of my battery, so I have no reason not to use it
Kustom Live Wallpaper allows me to do cool shit like This
and thats one of the more tame setups from when I just started using it. there is a big learning curve, but for complete home screen control, this is the app to be using.
for the 2nd or 3rd time today, I'm mentioning Kustom Live Wallpaper
I have cooked up a 95% custom setup, only borrowing the agenda layout (making a few tweaks myself). its incredibly functional for me, while looking pretty (IMO) and unique.
video of it in action sorry for the crappy 360P :/ just used the ROM's built in recorder.
This is still a WIP, I just found out about KLWP and decided to do a little lifting to my phone..
What I used:
As I'm quite a broke CS student, I can't really justify the cost of the pro version to export a copy of my settings, but I can at least share how I did it.
First, go watch the app tutorial, the app GUI is not so intuitive at first so you might want to take a look on the official tutorial first. It will also teach you how to save and the basics....
Now, here we go!
You can use globals for the colours, here are mine:
You can also use globals for some variables, like for the gradient effect used on the main buttons:
Menu buttons are from the material icon set, colored with menulvXf as foreground color, and menulvXg as gradient color.
Music controls are also from the material icon set and the font used is walkman IIRC.
If you need more specific details, feel free to ask!
Kustom Live wallpaper is pretty crazy IMO.
sure, things seem simple, but you can go so in depth with animations and such, its pretty awesome and one of the first apps I'll install from now on.
I have a pretty simple setup for my home screen, but the other 2 pages flanking the main one have some nice animations and color changes and such....all baked into the wallpaper which seriously uses so little power i'm just baffled it can do everything as nicely as it can.
Download KLWP (One of the greatest apps for personalizing your android phone, highly recommended)
Unlock pro mode so you can import themes from other people
Download my theme (Free)
Enjoy and tweak to your liking (for example change apps/colors/everything
Turn of fire and guitar playing animation if it slows or drains your phone
Cheers and have fun.
You will need KLWP
In KLWP, add an overlap group. In that overlap group add a rectangle and text.
Sure no problem.
KLWP is a live wallpaper maker. You can create cool stuff with it. It also has animations and amazing dev support.
There are some good free presets on play store for this as well.
I had the exact same thought and I actually messaged the developer about it and his response was he purposefully didn't implement it because people might enable it by accident and become frustrated or upset when they couldn't access their other pages.
The only possible workaround to enable the functionality you might be looking for is by using Kustom Live Wallpaper. I know it won't be the most elegant solution, but you can most likely get something to work.
I personally ended up abandoning the idea and going for something more simple and useful (using KLWP), but I hope that clears things up and helps in some way.
Looks like you need to install the KLWP app for Android here, then get the pro version for $5 to be able to import this theme. I just bought it after realizing everything it can do. Gonna have some fun figuring this out.
Sure it would, but I like to micromanage. This way I have complete control over when and how it polls for data, and I can integrate the task in several other contexts as well, as for example when I have it send weather information to my text widgets in Kustom. Plus, the Tasker way is more fun!
I've been a stock HTC Sense kinda guy for a very long time. But, I feel like i'm ready to move on now. Mostly for two apps, though only one really made me switch. And that was Kustom live wallpaper maker. (Or something like that.)
I got prompted by a snobby friend to use it, as he was setting up his homescreen in class, and it was so stylish, yet simple. It got lots of neat features, but the main one was that I could finally get a music player on my homescreen, since Poweramp doesn't come with a widget for some reason, and the supposed link to the app store didn't work either. Nor could I search and find anything remotely good enough to be used.
So I played around, and now I got this fancy(imo) little media player that appears when I start playing music. When it's not playing, then there's just a play button on the screen. And also works much better than the notification controls for Poweramp, because since i got Nougat, it sometimes get stuck on the last songs title... or doesn't update the play/pause button to reflect when music is paying or not.
The downside, was you needed Nova launcher,(or some other ones, i don't know.) So i made the switch from stock sense. First time, since i tried Prolauncher and a few others, either on my HTC Sensation or the Desire(if it was even possible.) Stuck with stock Sense launcher for along time. So far, the only big downside is losing some system apps styles, as well as the home button doesn't take me to the main home screen, and i don't see a setting to change that.
Yes you need an app called kustom. Once you have downloaded the file and kustom, move the file to storage/kustom/wallpapers and then go into custom and click import. Then just set kustom as your wallpaper.If you need anymore help I'm happy to!
I'm thinking solve this with home screen widgets. No app, just the buttons you want.
Depending on how much time you want to put into it, you could use KLWP or similar to make the widgets look and work exactly like you want.
KLWP: [link] (I will share config if anyone wants)
Stamped Black Icons: [link]
Hope this is allowed on this sub, sorry in advance if it isn't!
Download KLWP (One of the greatest apps for personalizing your android phone, highly recommended)
Unlock pro mode so you can import themes from other people
Download my theme (Free) Link: [link]
Enjoy and tweak to your liking (for example change apps/colors/everything
Performance tip: Turn of fire and guitar playing animation if it slows or drains your phone
[link] It allows you to make ultra customizable Live Wallpaper, if you want to load custom presets from the net you need the pro version
It is made with an app called KLWP which allows you to make a Live wallpaper that works pretty much like a normal homescreen, so you can map icons so they open Apps on touch for example. You can make whatever you want, there are no boundaries.
The learning curve is quite steep, I would say, I myself noped right out again after downloading it for the first time, but seeing what people create with it made me wanna learn to use it. After a bit I noticed that it is by no means as difficult as I first thought, also you don't have to make the themes yourself, there are a lot of people passionate about making them. (You will need the Premium Version to import other people's themes though, but it is worth it, believe me)
Check out /r/androidthemes if you're interested!
Note that not every theme over there is made with KLWP, but the creators will list the used Apps in their submissions, and KLWP is by far the most used (and the app with which you can get the most creative with.)
Also, if you wanna see some more examples for what you can do with Kustom, check out /u/Jonnisman 's submissions, he made some beautiful stuff!
I also use Nova launcher, but I don't think that is necessary, it is nice to have though.
The Theme itself is this one, modified by me.
Yup. Working in rural Maine in the winter without a place to recharge the annoying gadgets... a tape measure works really, really well, and very predictably and reliably. I would not want to be without several.
"Tape measures haven’t changed since 1869,"
That's because they've been optimized. They work. You can put a tape measure on a shelf for 10 years, and when you pick it up again, it'll work just as well. A tape measure can be dropped down a rocky hill into deep snow, and when you find it in the spring, it'll work just as well. Try that with your app after an OS "upgrade."
I like gadgets. I like noodling with servers and using tools like KLWP to customize my gadgets. I LOATHE squirrely, overcomplicated little pieces of crap that hold themselves out to be improvements over existing tools.
"MLADEN BARBARIC IS sick of tape measures."
Maybe Mr. Barbaric (cool name, btw,) should just take a deep breath and chillax.
"Tools today outside of the computer and phone are not really well thought out. They’re just archaic."
Urm... Most tools today outside of the computer are fabulously well thought out, and have been refined over the course of many generations.
Im using KLWP/Kustom Live Wallpaper with Nova Launcher. Here is mine, sorry wasnt able to show full pic they got cut off at the top but you get the idea.
Edit: if you decide to use this and need help let me know
I have a Samsung S6 actually. What you're seeing here is:
1) nova launcher pro with the notification bar hidden as well as the app dock at the bottom hidden. Grid set to 7x5. Also have app names hidden.
2) a modified klwp file. Here's the Google play link for Klwp I will try to share with you the klwp file I used for this exact setup.
3) Min icon pack for my apps. Google play link for Min here
Android has basically unlimited customization and it's awesome
Edit 1: r/androidthemes is a great place to see just what android can do
you will need the full version of KLWP to use this theme. it's a $3 app but definitely worth the price if you like customizing your home screen, if you want to see what it can do go check out r/androidthemes. once you have KLWP installed download the .klwp file I linked onto your phone. then go to the load preset tab in KLWP and tap the little file icon at the top. find were the .klwp file is on your phone load it in. the theme should now appear in the load presets tab. if it doesn't then just reopen KLWP and it will be there. load it in and hit the save icon at the top. it should now be your theme!
the way KLWP works is actually as an interactive live wallpaper. so for this theme to work properly make sure you only have one home screen with nothing on it.
for nova just set the notification bar and app dock to hidden so that you have a totally empty home screen. to access my app drawer i just use a nova action, in this case swipe up.
An app that lets you customise your wallpaper in many different ways.
Check out r/androidthemes for some examples of what you can do with it if you want to.
I use KLWP: Kustom Live Wallpaper, it allows for a fully custom interface that you can interact with, that you can make yourself. It's fully customizable, to the point where it's kind of insane. And I use that with the Cards for Kustom kustom live wallpaper that is material card based, I've edited a bit to (IMO) clean it up even more :)
Kustom Live Wallpaper Maker! Really neat. Download some free skins on google play and then reverse engineer the different elements to learn how they work.
Thanks!! Made in a customization app called KLWP. I have my settings available here but to import them I think you would need to purchase the pro version of the app to enable the capability to import presets like that file. After that, you can tweak it to your needs in KLWP.
Might be a slightly challenging process though; if anyone is trying to get this on their own phones but get stuck somewhere just let me know or PM me.
New template available in latest (v2.02) version of KLWP just released, new stuff:
I love and hate the openness of Android. The love part:
Soon you'll be able to flash Windows 10 on Android phones. But you cannot easily flash Android on Windows phones. You can flash Ubuntu on Android phones. You can flash a lot of other OSes on Android phones.
Having different skins on phones rises the only competition.
Having widgets and live wallpapers is much more powerful than a grid of icons or live tiles IMO.
I can change from grid of icons to list to app drawers. Any style I freaking want.
Having access to file system and USB OTG. Fabulous. [Google needs to fix SD cards though]
The notifications system is subjectively awesome. Having icons on the top left and right is great for reminders.
Well, I use KLWP to count down to four different upcoming events. They aren't calendar events though, but I know it can do that.
Note that KLWP is a live wallpaper maker. You can integrate "widgets" into it, but they won't be objects, they'll be part of the wallpaper. For just widgets, you want something more like Zooper, but that's no longer supported (though, it works well). Or KWGT from the makers of KLWP.
KLWP is free with a pro unlock. Zooper comes in free and pro flavors with a limited feature set in free. KWGT is paid only.
No, not at all! You need to download KLWP as well as buy its Pro key. You really do, without it you won't be able to import themes made by other people. If you just want to make themes yourself you don't need to buy anything.
If you want to use my theme, download both apps I just linked, download the file I provided in resources comment and place it in storage/kustom/wallpapers. After that you open KLWP and import my file, hit save and you're done.
Link for the lazy
And some preset themes to choose from(some free, some paid)
Linkme: KLWP Live Wallpaper Maker
Whilst this is a live wall paper it has launcher properties.
Edit: link me picked up pro key here's app.
Once you download the file, extract it and you'll get a folder with the fonts from the theme, the starlord artwork and the file named starlord.klwp, to make it work you need to have installed KLWP on your phone. Then transfer the starlord.klwp to your phone, specifically to the Kustom/Wallpaper folder. Tell me if perhaps you mean for something else.
If you wanna take it to the next level of custom download KLWP. It can help you make stuff like this.
Yeah nova's great but you may want to check out KLWP themes (Play link) and r/androidthemes
Made with KLWP and Whicons.
The rings show, starting from the center: battery, hours, minutes, seconds, WiFi, and (not visible here) # of notifications.
Hello, this is a Dokkaebi themed wallpaper I made in KLWP. You can download the wallpaper here: [link]
To install it you'll need to buy KLWP Pro from the Play Store here: [link] then simply import the file above.
The launcher I used was Nova Launcher, in order to make sure scrolling works properly make sure that you only have 2 pages. If you want the Apps to line up like in the video you have to go into Nova Settings > Desktop > Desktop Grid and set it to 9 vertical and 6 horizontal. Alternatively you can adjust the size of the box to suit your needs.
The Icon Pack I used is Whicons which you can find by searching for it in the Play Store and make sure to disable status bar and the dock in Nova Settings.
This will not work on phones that have a aspect ratio taller than 16:9 since I don't have access to a phone with a taller display, however with some fiddling you might be able to get it to work.
Widget: KLWP self made but inspired by Pasquale Ramondos widgets
Icon: KLWP self made
KLWP is an excellent way to do this, and it shouldn't be very difficult either.
If you want a simpler method however, you could slap two wallpapers together in any photo editor, enable wallpaper scrolling and set it. You'll probably have to position the wallpaper selector accordingly if you do it this way
You need to use Kustom Live Wallpaper for the home screen, and Kustom Widget Maker for the lockscreen widget. However, you can only load premade setups with the paid versions. If you are at all interested in customizing your Android devices, I would definitely recommend you check them out.
here's links to the free versions:
Download Klwp from the app store and put the file in your wallpapers folder. Then you should be able to load preset and use it.
I also suggest downloading the Desaturate icon pack
If you go to the klwp file itself there is a group called App Drawer. Inside that there are three rows for each icon in the app drawer. You can pick a new image and customize what app it launches in each one!
You could set it up pretty easily with Kustom Live Wallpaper.
Basically you would set your image as the background, then create a square that applies the blur affect whenever the screen is locked and fades out when the screen is unlocked.
You have to download the file (linked in title), and then install Kustom Live Wallpaper from the Play Store. You should be able to load the file through that app. ~~Edited to add: You can load the wallpaper using KLWP by clicking on the app and using the folder icon on the top right.~~
~~Since I made the wallpaper, I haven't had to install it this way, and I am not 100% certain how it will work. One of you might be able to help with that, if you'd be so kind.~~
Edited again to add: Evidently, you have to have the pro version to install the wallpaper file. I'm sorry. I didn't realize that.
If there's enough interest, I will make a tutorial showing how to create the wallpaper yourself on Android. Leave a comment and let me know that you're interested, and I'll try to get to it by Friday.
So this is all made with an app called KLWP. The clock section was designed by me in the app along with everything else. It's a really fun app to mess around with.
I'll PM you the KLWP file. You need to purchase Kustom Live Wallpaper app and the KH Kollection pack, both linked below to take advantage of changing the UI.
Having a clear ruleset makes any mods life, and more importantly the active community members lives soooooo much easier. Hence report reasons are a must IMO in large communities.
As for rightful owners? u/GermainZ is on the xda.developers.com team (don't ask me their intentions.......��) and, u/frankmonza made Kustom Live Wallpaper and I made the former for shitposting, the latter on a whim.
KLWP, the pro version. then I added this premade template and modified it to my liking.
warning: it's not so easy to do all this. its kinda complicated. check out /r/kustom or /r/androidthemes for ideas
If you want to set it up, the file for KLWP is here.
You'll have to purchase the pro key in order to import other people's wallpapers unfortunately.
The fab to app card animation is much smoother in reality, my screen recorder decided to drop frames when I pressed it :(
Well two ways come to mind.
~~One - PopUp Widget~~ tbh not sure if it's even possible with it, sorry.
And two - KLWP. Again, I'd suggest KLWP. Yes, a steep learning curve and a bit more complicated but worth it in the end.
Kustom is probably what I'd recommend, but there is a bit of a learning curve. If a theme has cool animations, that's what they're using. I think there are a few tutorials for it on reddit. There are also Zooper Widgets. Between those two you have just about everything on this sub.
I'd also recommend installing Nova Launcher and applying some kind of icon pack. It looks a lot better when all of your icons adhere to the same style.
As long as you have the actual images for the icons, you can just assign a touch action to them in KLWP or KWGT, and bam, you have yourself a bona fide icon
First of all, you need this. It's essentially the platform it's been designed on, and you won't be able to view, set or edit the theme without it.
Then you need this, the theme in question.
Hope that helps. :)
Not really sure how else to share this so I put it on youtube.
Basically I used Kustom to do almost everything. Feel free to ask any specific questions. :)
Left - Aeon
Middle - Devo
Right - Lines Free - Icon Pack
You need an app called KWLP and it's pro key. Also, a launcher. This was built using Nova Launcher. Make sure you have only two screens on your home. Open up the app, click load preset on the side menu, choose this theme. Then populate the home screen with whatever apps you want. If you want the icon pack, check out whicons in the play store.
If you've never done any theming before, that probably sounds a bit intimidating. Don't worry, it's not as hard as it seemw.
I'm tempted, but I don't want to go away from Kustom Live Wallpaper and I doubt I can use both at once.
Maybe when i feel like something simpler sometime.
Install this. Buy this. Download my file. Follow instructions I linked in FAQ.
I'm not aware of a full replacement (playlists, search, etc), but if you just want a custom now playing screen or widget: KLWP and KWGT. r/kustom and r/androidthemes will have some examples of what others have done.
Start off with kustom. It takes a little time to learn, but has become the bread and butter of android theming recently!
I can't find anything wrong with nova, other launchers seem too bloated for me, or don't offer the amount of customisability nova has. (It also works the best with kustom)
I'd also definitely look into flashing a lollipop rom if your phone allows it, design and usability are leaps and bounds ahead of anything kitkat offers.
If you want to stay with Kitkat with AC2, then I suggest a 'flat/material' icon pack like cryten, polycon, or iride. (I think cryten would work best with what you have now)
Zooper could also be useful for widgets, but kustom has rendered widgets almost useless.
This subreddit is a never-ending source of inspiration and when it comes to android theming, so filter through some of the top posts if you need ideas!
KLWP for custom wallpapers that can function as widgets (or you can use KWGT if you prefer widgets instead.
Thanks! This live wallpaper was entirely created by myself in Kustom Live Wallpaper: KLWP on Google Play
I'll upload the .zip for KLWP if anyone wants it
You can use KLWP to put media controls on your homepage, works for most music apps. Pressing play just plays whatever app you had running most recently.
It's from KLWP, I took the idea from this post so kudos to him
I have the pro version and edited a preset wallpaper I downloaded, but I don't know the name anymore. There's a slight learning curve but once you get it the possibilities are endless.
You can do this with KLWP easily, just set first image as a background then add an "Image Module", select the second image and then scale it to cover the screen. You can do this with the free version
I use a combination of KLWP to create a dynamic background, icon packs (loaded into the CM theme engine) and the stock launcher and I've found these tools allow for pretty much anything you could ask for.
Kustom is awesome for setting up cool themes on your phone, one of the better purchases I made. The dev is super active here on reddit answering questions
You need to install this
Get pro version. Without it you can not use this kustom file.
Download zip file, put it in the Wallpaper sub folder under Kustom folder in your SD card. Then load it from Kustom.
Hello! Discovered KLWP yesterday, played around with it, still working on something neat. Comments, criticisms and suggestions welcome!
This one too
I know KLWP has a pre-made media player Komponent if you want to try that. It's unlikely we can get the exact thing, but we can always do our best to replicate it.
KLWP, all you will ever need.
There's a bit of a learning curve, especially if you haven't used anything similar before but once you get the hang of it (by simply tinkering around), it will become one of your favorite apps.
Also icon packs, simply browse the PlayStore and find one you really like. Anything from Moonshine, Cryten, VIT, Fila, Minimal to icon packs from deviantart and xda such as glyphs and M'Flat.
No, you download a icon pack which you apply in the Nova settings
You can download widgets
Basically make it your own, the only place I know of where you can just apply themes is this app but k don't have any experience in that
You can do just about anything in klwp pro. I made this theme a little while ago in klwp. It has some of the elements you would need to start such as an app drawer that opens when you tap it. You can then experiment with the animations when you tap on the app drawer icon. You could do things like moving the first set of apps up, fading in and expanding the app drawer lines, blurring the background, and fading in the second set of apps all in one tap.
Kustom Live Wallpaper
Nova Launcher Prime (To hide notification bar and dock)
First time using KLWP, and after a few false starts, I finally figured it out. The circles from outside to inside are: Battery, hours, minutes, and seconds. The grey circle is just an arc extended 360 degrees to make the date, time, and weather legible. The four sections in the middle are individual buttons that open messages, email, Chrome, and reddit is fun. Only thing left for me to do is figure out how to make them turn red when I get a notification from those apps.
thank you I'm glad you like it!
to use it you will have to have the full version of KLWP
I just downloaded 'The End' live wallpaper by /u/turdbogls from his post earlier today. I changed it a bit, mostly just the app options.
You need KLWP and a smart launcher, I have Nova. The fonts, images and icons are included in the wallpaper file.
It's a Komponent that I made in KLWP. Here is the download link if you want it: [link] . However this can only be used in KLWP (unless you want to recreate the widget in Zooper).
I believe this app does what you're looking to do.
Edit: Just a bit of context. It's basically a live wallpaper so the clock that's within the wallpaper will be stationary as you swipe between pages. There are some preset themes. I don't use it myself, but do think it's really cool.
Heavily inspired from some awesome posts on this subreddit. Simple pastel colors with day/night modes. The mode switches automatically based on sunset/sunrise times.
Location and Data usage info from Tasker.
Made in KLWP with influences from a few other setups I've seen around.
Wallpaper is from here
Also have Nova launcher installed with the simpax icon set on the app drawer screen.
Status bar is part of the KLWP as are the icons. Each icon on the bottom 'dock' turns dark when there is an unread notification.
Notification at the top of the screen fades in when there is a cancelable notification and can be dismissed by clicking the X. It only shows one at a time so as to not clutter the screen.
Music player appears when music is playing and fades out when not in use as to not clutter the screen.
Just wanted a nice clean, non cluttered home screen but still with a good amount of information still there.
Thanks! I actually made it myself using Kustom Live Wallpaper Maker for android. You could make one yourself for free (took me a few hours), or I believe you can import mine if you get the pro version. If you did I think you would just have to search SW Raven in the app.
Hi, fair question. These themes are created with KLWP (Kustom Live Wallpaper). You will be able to find this on the play store.
In KLWP you can use the free version to create your own themes. The paid version allows you to download themes created by other people. So for this to work on your mobile device you will need the paid version of KLWP installed.
Sorry for the lack of clarity, you will likely find the same process with many other themes found on this subreddit.
Look into kustom live wallpaper. Since finding this app, I have completely stopped using zooper and now design all my themes with this. I have never done it personally, but I think you should be able to design a vertically scrolling widget within this app. It is excellent.
Just set up a regular background image through the app, and make an image that appears when you lock the screen. I can make a more in-depth tutorial if anyone is interested.
Alright, let's see. Kustom Live Wallpaper Maker is an app that allows you to design freely every single aspect of a live wallpaper, but not in the traditional sense of the animated scene you think about when we talk live wallpapers. Kustom is intended to design something like "fake interfaces", in the sense that you use he wallpaper to mimic launcher interfaces that are not really there. For example, my homescreen is just comprised of 4 pages, but one has an image backgroud and the others look like they were an app drawer that's triggered by a swipe. This app is a huge revolution for android theming since you practically get unlimited posibilites to theme, and you can see great examples just searching "kustom" or "klwp" on this sub.
As most other powerful tools, beggining to use Kustom might be very overwhelming, specially if you haven't made widgets on Zooper or any other apps. The good thing is that we have /r/kustom, a place filled with tools, tutorials and discussions to get acquainted. My best advice is to download a few klwp homes from the play store and try to modify it on the app to get the hang of how stuff works. After two or three designs you get the hang of it and start understanding how powerful this is. Best of luck and keep theming!
Kustom shouldn't use much battery at all. It'll use more when you're constantly scrolling between homescreens or when you're in the app customizing of course. You can download the app for free here. The free version let's you edit and stuff freely, but you need to buy the pro version to be able to import and export templates :)
Start off with Nova Launcher to get your feet wet. Then, when you're ready for the big leagues, look into this:
Thank you! Most of the magic is KLWP, it lets you do just about anything you want. It functions as a live wallpaper but its highly programmable, so it can be animated and and display/use information not unlike zooper if you've heard of that. Theres a bit of smoke and mirrors involved in the form of how I layer other widgets on top of the wallpaper, including dummy widgets to block out the header of Palabre's Rss widget. Its certainly complex but if you have the patience to craft it for a few days and then tweak it for the next few, it makes for an awesome super personalized homescreen
This is a basic one I'm using right now.
Most of the time I like to mess around with KLWP - [link]
Of which you could also visit r/androidthemes to see what you can do with it.
You use klwp and you follow the instructions I have here. Substratum is meant for system wide themes. What I made is really just a fancy wallpaper.
This was made using KLWP. It's a live wallpaper, just made the widgets in the wallpaper then set it. Everything was using KLWP.
I think there's a way to export, I'll find that when I get home.
It's KLWP. Tl:dr you can set different "layers" that can be images, text, shapes, etc and they can be dynamic (text changes to a formula that outputs the song name, for example) and you can set some animations to trigger on contact, periodically, page movement... You can do so much stuff with it that it's difficult to explain.
Here is the setup if you want to import and try it in the app: GDrive.
Not sure if this would work for you but KLWP has a Tasker plugin which let's Tasker send variables to it. KLWP is a livewallpaper-creator though, so all the text, shapes, images, and animations you create aren't exactly "overlays". But you could create a blank homescreen with no apps or widgets and set KLWP to show whatever you want only on that homescreen. Then you have Tasker force that homescreen to appear...
Edit: Nevermind, you wanted something to work when screen is locked. KLWP doesn't do that yet.
I had the same thought recently. Turns out there is a handy KWLP preset called SIMP which can do just this.
If you haven't customized KWLP before, it takes a little effort, but worth it in the end.
The pull tab is just a rectangle with rounded corners at max. The navigation drawer is also built in just a few rectangles. Then I just got the appropriate size & spacing from [link]
You can download the free version of kustom to get a basic idea of how it works. The only function that's premium is the importer.
Klwp. It's a live wallpaper maker (mainly 2d operations). You can set your wallpaper to be colorized with a formula (depending on the currwnt time, weather, etc). The background is pure black, so only the sphere will have its color changed. It isn't a battery killer but you won't get equal battery life, it really depends on how many animations or layers you use.
I used KLWP for the clock and menu, and the wallpaper is from this post in /r/EarthPorn
TL;DR: KLWP, Live Wallpaper app, which can show the current state and time remaining of cal events
I'm not sure if it fits your needs, but I use KLWP, which is a Live Wallpaper app. There you can create almost anything you like with components and formulas.
I created a calendar section which shows the next 3 upcoming calendar events, their locations, start- and end time, the calendar color, if it's a all day event or not, when it starts (today, tomorrow, in 2 days etc.), and also when it ends. Since it's a live wallpaper it always updates and is always up to date. I even added coloring, which indicates if a you're in a current event, one color when the event starts in the next 60 min and another color if it starts in the next 15 min.
KLWP is an awesome app, but for some people too much work or too difficult. Overall it works, there are really small glitches, but it's just some overlap time, where the color gets weird for a minute, but overall it's working as expected.
Check Android Themes, there most people use KLWP and show their homescreens and how they set it up. If you're interested I can help you to create a desired Live Wallpaper ;)
EDIT: Battery consumption neglectable, never noticed any battery drain or similar.
If you're really that interested in achieving what you're talking about, I'm almost positive KLWP can get the information density and any aesthetic you'd like...
You just have to make it. Which is admittedly the hard part. But there are plenty of people who have already made their own designs (many paid) that you could either take for your own or take it and modify it if it's close enough.