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Microsoft Live Labs

Pivot makes it easier to interact with massive amounts of data in ways that are powerful, informative, and fun. The interaction model accommodates the complexity and scale of information rather than the traditional structure of the Web.

Visually rich search experiences within Pivot v2 (explorations).

Microsoft Live Labs Pivot

Some early explorations that informed the final Pivot logo design.
Microsoft Live Labs Pivot

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Windows8 Explorer - rethinking Folders (Seadragon)

How could Seadragon technology be utilized to improve the Windows Explorer?
Opening a folder is as simple as zooming in. Navigating back a level up is as simple as zooming out to a certain depth. The proposed UX surfaces up contextual action at the folder level and makes it easy to peruse files inside, without opening the folder. Additionally, the file management actions like delete or creating a new folder are integrated within the interactive surface – double tap scroll bar area to change the two dimensional surface into a faux-3D one where the corners are now utilized as “Delete”/”New folder” affordances.

Windows8 Explorer - rethinking Folders (Seadragon)

Windows8 Explorer - rethinking Folders (Seadragon)

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Seadragon technology from Microsoft Live Labs enables context aware zooming interactions. This project explored how such technology could re-imagine Windows Explorer browse and search UX.

Windows8 Explorer (Seadragon)

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Microsoft Live Labs encouraged a unique hands on culture. Every three months, for a week the LL went into the Out of The Box meditative state where folks worked individually or collaboratively on something creative. A lot of great ideas poured forth from such experimentations which spanned from a niche product feature to seeds for groundbreaking new technologies that aligned with Live Labs manifesto.

Desktop gadget - incoming messages in a day

This lightweight notification gadget was a result of such an OOTB project. I designed the UI/interaction and worked with a developer (graphics expert) to build a working prototype. The undulating dynamic gradient background represents the time of the day – the shadows map to sun’s angle based on location).

Desktop gadget - incoming messages in a day

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Reading UX with Seadragon technology

DocDragon explorations focused on immersive digital reading experiences utilizing Seadragon technologies.

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Imagine poring through your life time worth of photos within a fluid, instantly responsive photo browsing experience. PhotoExplorer was an experimental product to showcase Seadragon technology and philosophy. Bing Maps for example utilizes Seadragon technology for rendering maps when the user zooms from the world view to street.

Live Labs PhotoExplorer

Live Labs PhotoExplorer

Microsoft Live Labs brand focused on exotic sea creatures for internal product branding. Some quick logo explorations for PhotoExplorer.

Live Labs PhotoExplorer

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Dr. Gary Flake established Microsoft Live Labs in January 2006. The innovative web technologies and products developed at LL heavily influenced internal products across Microsoft.

LL instituted processes around in-house incubation and promotion of new ideas that were culled from the confluence of the brightest minds in research, engineering and design. Startup Factory, as it was called, was my primary motivation to join Live Labs. This opportunity to seed an idea and nurture it through to a robust product, has been one of the best work experiences I have had to date.

Manaus

Manaus (Post purchase product life cycle management service) was a Microsoft Live Labs Startup Factory project. I engaged marketing and research to identify user demographics and their particular needs. Worked with the project leads to drive team brainstorming, refinement of product goals, scenario development, task flows and feature prioritization. These sketches above show a few pre/post-login landing experiences.

SF was dissolved among other organizational changes at Live Labs as Microsoft braced up for long term impacts of US economy recession on the company.

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