Why would you want to hide your icons? I need mine so that I can find things on my computer.
I guess I follow along with XPs idea of having a clean desktop, so I use my quicklaunch bar and notification area almost exclusively; I also use the "desktop" feature on the taskbar to access anything that would normally be there and there's always the start button, too.:)
Here's a wall from Strangefate.com that I often use; I customized it just for me: