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dAim Concept - devious IM App by mauricioestrella dAim Concept - devious IM App by mauricioestrella
:wave: Hello everyone!

This is a concept that I had on my PC for a while. I didn't have time to finish it, but somehow I felt a little creativity boost tonight, and I finished the UI design.

Please note that this is just a concept, and the chances of getting this app built is really small.

In case you want to take part of the forum discussion, here is the [link]

Myself and my studio [link] are not affiliated or part of deviantART Inc. and this concept is for demostrative purposes only.

Thanks for your feedback/ideas/thoughts :thumbsup:
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Good work !
It would be really great it there was such possibility to view new messages and deviants done by people in your deviantWatch.

But i think this will draw out some pageviews for deviantArt itself. So your idea with banner is also great. You can get a subscription and remove this banner or you can watch it and after 3 sec. (for example) press this little cross to close it. Great idea !

As a proposal to improve this interface - i think there should be visible indication of their status - offline/online, etc.
We can also show small avatars of favorite friends (like in profile here) . For example 8-10 avatars with names below and then list of all the rest users.
Some small icons to show if user in your list are just lurkers or mutual friends.

I also suggest to align messages to the left in chatbox window. It looks good when we have one-line message. But when there is a whole "novel" it could look strange.

Right now, for me, application looks like compact mode. You can add avatars on tabs. Or even better - you can position avatars vertically and align to the left. So we will have more space to select active tab and we can always define who we are talking right now. BTW, only noticed - active tab is not different from all the rest. And you can highlight tab with incoming message with color too. So we will have:
- active tab
- inactive tabs
- and tabs with incoming messages.

Nevertheless - great concept. Clean and sharp !
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Absolutely outstanding concept. In reality, the creation of an instant messaging client is very tricky and can take a huge amount of time in terms of writing, rewriting, corrections, testing, server coordination, etc. One would be more fit writing just a protocol plugin for a client that already exists, such as Pidgin or Trillian or Miranda.

The layout is sleek and the colours are solid. This has all the workings of a genuine and/or official deviantArt operation. Maybe in this day of iPhone apps and vast amounts of home-cooked instant messaging clients, this concept can see light. I for one would surely be excited to see something like this in the wild.

Keep up the professionalism, Manicho!
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Litruv Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I like it, came up with this a while back on my other account…
Kronos454 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome-just fricking awesome
flowingice Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
looks good`
andreascy Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Amazing concept!!!!! No words for this!!!!!!!!!
wellgraphic Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
What the font on the "dAim" heading ?
mauricioestrella Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Not sure, but I think it's Klavika. :)
wellgraphic Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Ah I see, think that's the one, you have bought it then ?
mauricioestrella Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Yep. :)
liangyongning Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Ryannzha Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional Artist
superb. can't wait until it's usable :D .. btw, the interface will superbly fits the macOSX :thumbsup:
fatihvural Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
nice idea!!
keiku Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is actually a good idea. I can see it being developed. Yes it would take quite some time, but if enough effort goes it to it, an outstanding product can be created.
coreper Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Nice design ^^
wrebble Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Kickass! :meow: And I agree with almost everyone, who have commented - This needs to be done!!
Da-e Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great idea and job...
safialex83 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
wow this is so cool
great job:thumbsup:
Kissgetsbusted Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
really diggin this! :D:D :drool:
Escasmu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Vey nicee :D
gopalb Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Your work have been featured in my blog [link]
Please take a look to see all the other fantastic artists that were features along with you.
seb86 Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
This would be a great Adobe Air application if Deviantart ever make one.
TheDarkRedman Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
Awesome ! :o :love:
Mirousensei Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Awesome :love:
AwazS Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Student Interface Designer
if there was a device that like ipod touch, but entirely made for dA that would be the best thing ever. wifi capabilities and an optional 3g network. :D

renegadesoldier Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009   General Artist
I think u guys should try to code this similar to Facebooks chat. Because its simple, and floats when u scroll so u can keep chatting. Maybe even make it visible on all DA tabs u have open. Great job Mauricio, you've out done yourself and showed great talent in your graphic designs again!

Well done,

doyoufindmesexy Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Student Photographer
I wonder if it could be done in Adobe Air easily, set up a jabber server here and let you log into in iChat, ect. DO IT
Asura-Kumara Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Beautiful concept!
irezumi Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
eres admirable, Manicho :)
darkangel0921 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Student Writer
this is an awesome concept.
puler Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Can you code this please? It's fantastic!
:heart: it!
byterhythm Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TherapudicCaffeine Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
I love this but NO ADS please! =]
kidcvs Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
so cool
matthiasmuth Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
can you please make a miranda skin of that? ;)
zeolyte Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
I actually would love to see this working on my desktop one day :)
ModestMrGreen Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
I really enjoy this concept because it doesn't over-do things with endless images and clutter. It's compact and has only essential features. I particularly LOVE the chat integration. Even though it isn't an IM, I think Note integration would make it even better than it already is.

The only major thing I don't like is contacts being divided by rank. Then again, I can see it being useful in several situations, so I guess take this for what it's worth.

I wish this would be created. It's such a great mock-up. :love:
BlackDogITA Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
the design is fairly good, i like the idea of having the big people pre-inserted in the contact list, on the client side is great but on their side would be a pain to be so easily reachable.
The tabs are somewhat too large wasting some precious pixels.
Finally, in the chat win i don't like the colors, there's not enough contrast between the two chat flows to me.
Whiim Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
Amazing idea, this would replace my use of MSN :la:
KishiFishy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Student General Artist
Oh my god.
Chasethebase Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
This looks brilliant, but all I suggest is if you wish to make this mainstream, make it so that it runs under native UI bordering (Aero borders/OSX borders) so that it fits with the general UI of said OS.

Otherwise I like the concept, a lot. :thumbsup:
TheRaptor-Wolfy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
Every time I suggested this, everyone freaks the hell out. :roll: I still like the idea though. :aww:
nirman Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009   Digital Artist
This is so cool! and those senior , subscriber categorization is also a clever idea!
miksago Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
I like the way that a lot of people will say this is extremely hard to do and that you'd be better writing a plugin for someone else's client: Well, I've tried both, and writing it from scratch was the easier.

In all writing a good looking chat client like this wouldn't take much effort now, given the technologies of Adobe Air — It'd pretty much just be a bit of html, css, and a heap of JavaScript.

On the other side of the fence, todo this style of design using XulRunner – mozilla's application toolkit – would take a little more effort (but it is doable).

On a side note, I'd suggest changing the title of the client, as Aim / Aol are rather picky about how they're beloved "A i m" is used, such as the sueing of Gaim for that reasoning.
colorhazer Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
looks good
Synith Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
Dude, this was my original idea back in 08; [link]
mauricioestrella Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
lol I never saw that... idea.
Synith Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Heacka weird. I'm sure there's gatta be like 20 other dAim ideas floating around, hah.
AmberShadowDesign Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Student Interface Designer
I want it >__>
To add to my already large collection of IMing apps =P
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