The Windows Device Manager has been a crucial component of the operating system since the mid 1990s—and yet it has remained largely unchanged in over 20 years, with only minor tweaks to the categories and iconography.
I believe that experience can be made better by updating the utility with a clean new design that not only brings Device Manager into the modern age, but also adds new information and functionality designed to make it more friendly for all users—whether they are pros or just getting started with Windows.
Work from a joint project with Ben Fox at User Camp where I helped to reimagine the Microsoft Store with new new featured apps layout and improved editorial content. The aim was to take the best parts of the new Mac App Store (MAS) in macOS 10.14 Mojave and apply them to the store on Windows.
The Your Phone app is launching with the Windows 10 October 2018 update as a new way to connect your Android phone to your PC and access messages and photos. I’ve had a chance to try it out for a while in preview builds, and have come up with a few ideas on how the messages function can be expanded and how calling features can be added to the app. This project focused on these two things.
In this exploration, I wanted to see if the NavigationView in Windows 10 apps could be adapted to fit in better with “Sets”.
I also wanted to see how hamburger menus could be re-worked by bringing them in-app.
Finally, I wanted to rework how users could open new applications in a Set, or start a Set quickly with applications they already have open.
The Windows desktop experience has always been of great interest to me and has been the focus of a lot of my recent design concepts over on Twitter. I’ve received a lot of feedback and have been asked a lot of questions. I want to try and address all that, while also introducing the first major part of a Windows redesign project that I’ve spent the last few weeks lightly working on.
When Microsoft announced their Fluent Design System back at Build 2017, I was very excited. I love subtle translucency/visual effects, smooth animations and shadows — and Fluent should deliver all of those.
However, like everything, Fluent can be improved. While this is in no way a comprehensive deep-dive on everything that can be refined, I will show a series of concept shots that should give across the ideas I have. Let’s begin!
The humble navigation view (NavView). Arguably one of the most staple parts of the Windows 10 user interface — and used in many apps to provide…well…navigation between different sections.