Evolving Metro into a functional language which scales across the Microsoft ecosystem.
Microsoft Design Language is a functional and stylistic evolution of Metro which aims to give Windows a consistent look and feel in conjunction to the Windows 10 and the and Universal Apps releases. In collaboration with the Microsoft design team, we established and formalized a design language which promotes consistency, modularity and scalability.
While the internal team covered design fundamentals, I focused on consolidating and redesigning some of the interactive elements as well as lead a sub-team of designers to create and prototype six conceptual Windows Universal Applications.
To substantiate the power of Microsoft Design Language, we designed and prototyped a series of fictional applications for six core experiences (collaboration, creation, finance, food finder, news reader and running tracker).
The apps demonstrated combinations of a set of core interaction models defined in the Universal Apps Documentation. Each app was designed to accomodate mobile, tablet, 13" laptop (fullscreen and windowed) and a 720p TV screen.
The Microsoft team developed a series of standard UX patters, which can be reused by designers and developers to solve for the most common use cases. Each application demonstrated a singular pattern in action and is showcased in the Windows Dev Center as well as the 2016 Build Conference, held in San Francisco, CA.