Just the excuse I needed to show my icon-free desktop. I use a double height Taskbar to give me more room for buttons and system tray icons. I like to use a lot of little gimmicky hotkey utilities. Some I wrote. Some 3rd party.
On boot I set the work area to leave a gap by RocketDock. That way when I maximize a window it doesn't cover RD. It's simpler and better than setting RD to auto-hide or stay on top.
Here's a 1/2 scale image:
(The blue square in the lower right corner isn't really an icon. It's a drop target for Free Download Manager.)