Refining the interaction models
Interaction model definition
Photo triage functionality explored
Early motion study
Selecting a lightbox
Grouping photos on a lightbox
Stacking and grouping photos
Zooming into a lightbox & organizing photos
Microsoft intended to enter the professional and “prosumer” photo organization and editing market and compete head-to-head with Aperture and Lightroom. They needed an intuitive new way for photographers to quickly triage, organize and manipulate thousands of photos at a time and saw the potential in exploring an interface inspired by the analog lightbox.
Microsoft had already acquired a photo editing and organization application they intended to refine and launch. They were, however, missing the killer feature that would set their offering above and apart from the competition. Having done research on their own observing how photographers triage and organize files they decided to explore a digital feature based on the old analog lightbox and slide metaphor. From this starting point, my team was brought in.
We hit the ground running with a comparable and competitive audit, client workshops, brainstorming and rapid idea generation.
Refine, Iterate, Prototype
We generated 5 distinct lightbox interaction models and presented the merits of each. Five were narrowed down to the strongest two and features, rules and motion studies developed based on the core scenarios of use.
Final design specifications, motion studies, visual language and scenarios of use were delivered to a satisfied Microsoft leadership team.
Senior design analyst (me), senior visual communication designer, creative director
Sr. design analyst at frog design
Discovery and evaluation
Rapid ideation – sketches and wireframes
UX / Interaction design
Work closely with developer on prototypes
Client / stakeholder presentations – creating and presenting
Breaking free from the traditional news and entertainment portal
Creating the worlds first "Social Data Network"
Creating the killer feature set to differentiate from the competition and gain market share
Early explorations into Microsoft mobile
Helping a 100 year old insurance company use the internet to support its employees
How to serve truck drivers better and find new areas of opportunity for product and service innovation
Re-envisioning digital advertising
New product definition
Simplifying the legal discovery process
Rethinking how employees and customers wade through the rules and regulations of the USPS
Brand, interface and product direction
Soup-to-nuts web and mobile application product definition and design