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ConceptInterfaces is a place to share your most intuitive, creative, and original ideas for User Interfaces for new and existing apps.
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As promised in the previous post, I'd like to start putting some effort into selecting noteworthy submissions to feature on the Journal. Originally, I opted do a "Concept of the week/month" - however, I don't always have the time, and so cannot commit to doing this on a regular basis. That said, I'm starting out with a "Concept Spotlight", which will be a series that covers great concepts submitted to the gallery, on an irregular basis. Sometimes there may be two posts a week and at other times, once a month.

Without further ado, the first Spotlight is on:

Origami OS, by mrtomone

This concept is inspired by a few things, including Windows 10, which has been the craze since the launch of preview builds some months ago. Many designers submitted their concepts and ideas to Microsoft, and sites all over the web, including our humble little group.

Origami OS takes a clean, minimal approach to its layout, and presents everything precisely. Whilst being somewhat different in comparison to Windows 10 (regarding the File Explorer, for example), everything is where you would expect it to be. It features everything you would expect from a Windows installation (seemingly; this is, of course, only a concept), such as the task bar and start menu.

Of particular interest to me is the start menu, which seems to be an interactive panel that handles quite a few tasks. From what can be seen, it features the normal app list, which allows you to easily get to your apps, but also displays notifications, plays music, views Instagrams (I guess a normal photo viewer could be thrown in there, too), and more. What's even more interesting is the contextual area that appears in the task bar when a particular app panel is being used. So if I open up Spotify and play something, I can easily open up Word, for example, in full screen, and be able to switch between songs on the fly, without having to lose my focus on the document I'm working on. My only concern with this is that the start button/arrow is no longer available... Then again, the author did not specify exactly how this feature works. That aside, it does really look very useful.

As a designer, I fell in love with the transparent windows with blurred backgrounds. It really gives the OS a great feel, making it 'blend into its surroundings'. This cue was obviously taken from OS X, but this does a better job, in my opinion.

Multitasking seems nice, and the multiple desktop functionality gets out of your way - that is, when you're only using one desktop, there's no need to show a thumb for it at the bottom. (I'm guessing that's the intention here.)

Login screen is simple, and looks very elegant - once again, everything is where you would expect it to be.

Naturally, the 2.4.2 update is much better than 2.4.1, being much more refined in comparison.


All-in-all, Origami OS looks and feels really nice, and has been very well-designed. Kudos to mrtomone on this excellent concept!


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Folder Changes

A few small folder changes have been made, in recognition of mobile and desktop systems 'merging', as it were.

For the most part, Windows and Windows Phone were split into "Windows" and "Mobile". The "Windows" folder has been renamed to Windows + Phone, so everything can go in there. It's the same for OSX and iOS, where the "Mac" folder has been renamed to OSX + iOS, so everything Apple can go in there.

As there's not an incredible load of concept work coming in for Android, it shares space with concept and other mobile systems - all stored in Android + Other Mobile.

Recent [Awesome] Submissions

A Big Kudos to those who have been submitting some awesome, yet simple, concepts to the group over the last little while. Your work is really awesome! And it's great to see the amount of stuff coming in for Windows 10 - everyone wants Redmond to see their concepts, considering that they're listening to public feedback and requests.

Concept of the Week/Month?

As the group becomes a little more popular over time, which I'm sure it will, I'd like to recognise high quality and/or feasible concepts on a weekly basis. I'm thinking it would be great to write a little critique/review on each one... What do you guys think?


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If you're an avid writer, and have a strong interest in making user interfaces and experiences better for the end-user, we invite you to write your own articles, to be displayed here on the front page of the group.

Any member can now submit their own articles via the Journal tab. Submissions will be queued up and subject to approval. If a few edits are required, those will be done before publishing. In addition, we will take care of any formatting, as well as images if there are none.

Looking forward to some creativity from our members!


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I read an interesting article on Medium today about our past visions of user interfaces and experiences that blend with our very emotions.

In this dream from the 90's, we hoped for a world where every computer knows us personally. We would wake up to them, have them around us all day, and they would be the last thing we interact with before we go to sleep. They would predict our needs and wants and all interfaces would feel as natural as having a conversation with a friend. Technology would become our primary means (or only means) of communication and we would form relationships with these objects that take care of us.

I do still see this as being an entirely probable future.



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As we all know, and thanks to Microsoft, Apple, and Google, 2013 was the year for minimalism. Wait, let's extend that. Let's call it flat, like everyone else does. And yes, the design trend will continue for some years, and may revolutionise the user interface as we know it today. However, I think there's more to it.

I watched Jobs the other day. Steve's outlook on everything inspired me. His philosophy involves the integration of the interface with people. A thorough blend that makes people really feel like they're involved with today's technology. And I think that what he's done is great - he's inspired people to build better.

Last year proved to be the year of simplicity and pure functionality. We look at Windows 8, and see that the core to it's design is functionality - ease of use, if you will. iOS7 did the same thing, though I am not necessarily a fan. It does the job, and it functions well, but it is not as easy as Android (particularly of the Galaxy flavour). But this isn't a review, so I'll move along.

Hoping I'm right, interfaces for the next year will feel more involved than they ever were before. And I believe that they should be. Humanity has built a great eco-system on computing technology, and we live with this system every single day of our lives. We use it for almost everything. And it's because of this that I believe designers and developers the world around will start encompassing a design technique that makes us feel like we're part of it. I'm calling it Reactive Design - though I'm very sure someone else is calling it that too.

Designs of the future will start reacting to our every move. They'll begin to, almost, form a relationship with us, as it were. From a subliminal point of view, this has already happened with predictive actions. When you start scrolling, Facebook takes a wild guess as to how fast you scroll through content, and loads more at the pace you give it. (Must be honest here though - I don't think it's the greatest thing, because it forces me to use the page down key as I prefer not to use multi touch scrolling on my laptop. Those with wheel mouses are good to go, however.) I digress from the point.

Designs that react to our every move will play an important role in 2014, and I think it will be a good thing. It'll be intuitive, free-flowing, and, most importantly, fun. Let's see what happens.
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Rock0 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014   Interface Designer
Sorry everyone. Like in the last comment, I have been extremely busy. However, things have calmed down now, and so I'm able to continue monitoring the group and looking for awesome concepts around DA.

Happy New Year!
Reymond-P-Scene Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you guys active or something?
Rock0 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013   Interface Designer
Unfortunately, I'm quite busy, quite often. I only have a chance to check the group every few weeks. Sometimes a bit more, when I have some free time.
RDTSOD Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
When will you be back?
Reymond-P-Scene Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okey then i understand! :)
Rock0 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013   Interface Designer
Forrestdf Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Hey I would love to join your group, but it says I am already an admin for three others. Are you planning on changing this at some point?
Rock0 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014   Interface Designer
I have now changed everyone to Members - this whole admin story drove me insane.
Rock0 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012   Interface Designer
That's a DeviantART thing - you'll have to upgrade your account.
WilliamUI Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Add my last work :)
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