A mock-up of a style I would like to see being used in Windows 8. I just wanted to express my views on the future of Windows, and since I found this wonderful contest, I decided there couldn't be a better way to share my ideas...
1. Do away with AeroGlass! I would really like to see a different view on the use of transparency - there should be a greater degree of window opacity. 2. Bring in a black and grey carbon-themed skin. 3. Make the Start Menu feature a cut-down version of Explorer to allow you to actually "start" directly with your files. 4. Improve the logon screen. 5. Separate the permanent elements of the taskbar and the open windows into two separate bars. 6. Make the more common buttons simple to access. 7. Add transparency to inactive windows in order to bring focus onto active ones.
What I would like to be kept the same:
1. Keep the Window switching method in Windows 7, but use names instead of icons. 2. Keep Flip3D (though I hardly use it any more ) 3. Maintain the stability and the performance speeds experienced in Windows 7 (which is now my primary OS).
This is an exclusive mockup for Gaia 09 - A project to raise awareness for climate change:
Climate change and the conservation of our planet is one of the most important issues facing us today. A group of designers and themers have tried to find a way of contributing their own part. How though could a website about desktop customization help to combat global warming?
A mentionable majoritiy of co2 emission is produced by industry. Private households also add significantly to the problem by using multiple fridges, televisions, cars and - last but not least - personal computers. So what can we do to support the movement? With this project, we want to raise awareness for the issue and remind users of nature and its beauty. To remind you of shutting down your computer at night if it's not in use. To turn your gadgets off instead of having them on standby.
With this voluminous release of skins for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux we want to bring attention to the topic in the community and hope to make you think more about the issue and your own ecological footprint.
We hope this project will reach a lot of people. If you want to help us by writing an article, blog entry or an interview feel free to contact us!