It takes well over a year to design, execute, deliver, and ensure the proper implementation of the roughly 5,000 or so assets it takes to get a CS release out the door (we’re already thinking about CS7). Along the away, there are innumerable institutional, technological, and political hurdles to overcome. It can be daunting, but we do everything we can to get it made with as few design compromises as possible.
Adobe explains the design process and thinking of their new CS6 branding. For me the Indesign’s splash screen is atrocious, it’s like some drawing errors. Why can’t Adobe settle with something like CS3–CS4 splash screen, it’s elegant and easy on the eyes. These applications are already complex as they were, why further complicate the apps start-up experience with these splash screens? Also please put inner-shadow on Illustrator CS7, thanks beforehand Adobe.
(via Shawn Blanc)
There haven’t been a better moment for Microsoft to start integrating products, services, design and philosophies than right now. With Windows 8, a lot of stuff will become part of each other as the software will not only be tied by the Metro UI, but the functionality: seamless integration of services like SkyDrive, Messenger, Skype, and others, will make people realize the potential of the Microsoft ecosystem.
So what better way to represent and showcase this integration than rethinking it into a cohesive, easy to understand, modern, and ultimately Metro, experience? It’s not just about the Windows 8 logo, but all the services that will be part of it.
It’s virtually obvious for Microsoft to use this strategy and yet they pick a rather peculiar notion. Maybe the Redmond-bunch have been thinking to overhaul all the branding to realign it with the Windows 8 as the new branding cornerstone. If not, well, it’s truly will be a missed opportunity. Anyway, check Perez’s integrated branding mock-up he proposed for Microsoft, I personally love the idea.