Just a fun little mockup for a modern-day GUI concept. It doesn't really have anything in common with the old Shelf concepts I did last year. I won't go into too much detail, aside to explain a few little things:
- The bar at the top is not a task bar, but rather a tab bar, housing both tabs and controls for any window that's in focus. The idea was to eliminate almost all chrome from all windows, leaving a ton more room for content.
- The toolbar at the bottom of the File Browser would only be visible upon mouseover (think a la Picasa Viewer or Quicktime X
- The dock only houses the trash can, notification icons and unmaximumized windows. It doesn't hold launchers.
- That big menu on the right slides out when you hit the 'Shelf Button' in the top right of the screen.
- That orange button up the top is the 'App button', working the same way as the spanner in Google Chrome, or the app button in Opera and (the upcoming version of) Firefox.
This wasn't really made with any particular goals in mind and wasn't thought through all that much. I'm sure upon close inspection one would find all sorts of potential usability issues. The main thing I wanted to do was just mock up a pretty looking workspace that would be fun to work with -- after all, as we've learned from Apple, people will tend to overlook poor design decisions if they look really, really, really nice
2560x1440 px, made in Photoshop. Hit 'Download' for full size or grab the PSD file here:[link]
Icons used are from the Faenza icon set ([link]
) by ~tiheum