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April 25, 2010
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Metro Desktop Concept by BoneyardBrew Metro Desktop Concept by BoneyardBrew
Background Information
This is a concept I made based on Microsoft's Metro UI. This concept brings Metro to the desktop and includes something I would love to see in future versions of Windows.

Windows - Social Sidebar
A Social Sidebar has been integrated into the desktop, which can be shown or hidden by clicking on the gradient strip on the right-hand side of the sidebar. When opened, you can easily view and interact with any social network you choose. I left Twitter selected as an example. I feel that this would be something nearly every Windows user would make good use of.

Windows - Taskbar
The taskbar is mostly the same, and you would have the option to combine applications and hide labels ala Windows 7. I just feel that the expanded text view would better match the Metro design. The Photoshop picture popup represents the preview of that particular window, I left it blank in this concept.

Steam - General Information
Also included in this concept is a Metro version of Valve's Steam platform. It basically takes all it's cues from the Zune Software by Microsoft, and follows the exact same design.

Steam - Friends List
The friends list is a little mashup of my own that uses a mini picture that the Zune Software uses for the album art to show your friend's avatars. I tried to integrate the side gradient in a feasible way by putting it behind your information making it easily recognized and discernible from your friends.

Steam - Chat Window
The chat window is fairly simple, and has the options Steam currently has built-in. You can toggle between multiple conversations by selecting the name of the friend you would like to chat with in the titlebar.

It took a lot of time to make this concept, but I feel that I did a decent job accomplishing my goal; bringing Metro to the desktop while keeping usability in-tact.

Note: Those tweets are not real, regardless of how much I wish they were. :(
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Jamie19ization Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
looks great! You should implement this into an actual theme for steam...i would love that :D
BoneyardBrew Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
At one point the MetroTwit theme looked more or less exactly like this. It's outdated now, though.
Yonkersandme Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
How do i do download this -_?
BoneyardBrew Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Sorry, it's just a concept! :(
EverybodyLies2 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
интересная идея
shanesemler Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is cool and would make sense. But the Windows 8 previews I've seen just have a touch-based metro interface and when you use desktop applications, it just switches to Aero. :/
MASTER260 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Good news! Microsoft decided to make Windows 8 based on Metro! (Along with the newest versions of everything they make.) Bad/good news, (depending on how you look at it,) they took it in a completely different direction than you did! Now what do you think about that? xD
BoneyardBrew Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yes, very good news! I actually love what they did.

When I did this redesign I took what we had now (Aero) and made it Metro. What they did was think out of the box and make it more of a Windows Phone 7 experience on your desktop. I can't wait to try it!
MASTER260 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Actually, this looks a little like the non-glass version of the Aero Lite theme Win 8's gonaa include, but, whatever...
Hannibalector Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
You should sooo get hired by Microsoft! ;D
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