Microsoft Collections App
An 18-month project to design a new app that allowed users to take all of their Office files plus photos, videos, and social network feeds and gather them in one cloud-based file.
While working with Microsoft I was a lead on a team of designers that collaborated with the Content Publishing, UX, and Engineering teams to explore the user interface and design theming of the app. The design and build teams worked simultaneously which posed challenges as technical limitations were discovered as the app was built causing changes to elements of the design and layout.
The app used a tile-based layout with containers that could hold various types of content — Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, photos and videos, and online content like Twitter and Facebook feeds.
We first created a stylistic continuum to explore the range of creative treatments – from conservative to expressive. The team brainstormed what types of visuals would fall into each category and pulled out ideas that could translate to a theme in the app. We created mood boards for the themes within each stylistic category to begin exploring treatment styles.
The APP EXPERIENCE
These are examples of what the app could produce after a user added their files to the tool. Output could include an interactive brochure, a collaborative bulletin board for a community group, a mood board of ideas and inspiration, a visual archive of family memories, or a Flipboard-like reading experience.