28 comments

  • , over 6 years ago

    Hi Guys,

    This would be my version of skype. I modified the key visuals using ovals instead of symmetric circles. Used more the primary blue colour on the left. Collected all the main functions and clean up a bit the interface.

    What do you think?

    2 points
    • Daryl GinnDaryl Ginn, over 6 years ago

      Looks great, dude.

      1 point
    • Khaled Islam BouyaKhaled Islam Bouya, over 6 years ago

      It always impressive when a single person does a better job than a whole team.

      1 point
      • , over 6 years ago

        That is just my personal concept, a whole team can do a much better job! Thanks!

        2 points
      • Joel CalifaJoel Califa, over 6 years ago

        Really? I always think it's more impressive when an entire team that has to deal with reality, constraints, budgets, deadlines, and limited resources does a better job than a single person with none of that.

        33 points
        • , over 6 years ago

          The Microsoft team knows everything about their users, I know just my own needs, so they could do a much better job. This is a quick concept that can open new opportunities.

          14 points
          • Shaun Webberly, over 6 years ago

            This is the type of attitude that we should all take when approaching unsolicited UI redesigns. It's just a single person's POV, sans any data or design requirements that the Microsoft team may have. Not an indictment of their work, but rather a more aesthetic form of exploration. Nice job.

            10 points
          • Evan KnightEvan Knight, over 6 years ago

            10/10

            0 points
        • Joe Blau, over 6 years ago

          While I generally agree, I've been on some teams with uninformed and politically motivated people in leadership positions. I've literally seen team leaders make terrible product decisions due to not understanding their reality, constraints, budgets, deadlines and limited resources. Just because you have the information; that doesn't mean you make better product design decisions.

          5 points
  • Jeff van SteijnJeff van Steijn, over 6 years ago

    Nice redesign Roland!

    1 point
  • James Young, over 6 years ago

    What's the thinking behind using a Windows system font on a Mac app redesign?

    1 point
    • , over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

      In my opinion the typeface is a part of the brand and not the platform, Skype is part of the microsoft family.

      9 points
  • Gavin JonesGavin Jones, over 6 years ago

    The elliptical avatars are interesting. The new shape creates a nice symmetry between the Skype logo and the users.

    0 points
  • Roland IllésRoland Illés, over 6 years ago

    That history view though :D Do you only talk about your gym habits with your friends? Great use of genuine user data, and nice concept btw ;)

    0 points
  • Finlay CraigFinlay Craig, over 6 years ago

    Have you considered any changes you'd make from a UX Perspective? I use Skype and Slack daily, and find the UX of Skype to be the biggest gripe I have with it.

    (I really like the visual approach you've taken here. Much cleaner and stream lined, with more character. Nice work.)

    0 points
    • , over 6 years ago

      Hey Finlay,

      From Ux perspective I did some changes as well. I eliminated the home section and highlighted more the contacts as a starting point. From the contact you can add or start new conversations like on Slack. All the functions has a better place on the left like start a new group and search as well. So I restructured the actions a bit, maybe in that case it would be more easy to use.

      0 points
  • louie solomonlouie solomon, over 6 years ago

    I'm not a Skype user, so I can't really comment on the comparison between this and the current mac app. But overall, the color and typography seem to fit well with Microsoft and Skype's identity. The iconography also matches Skype's playful and whimsical tone.

    Knowing that Skype's average user is likely older, I don't think having so many icons without labels is a good solution. You sacrifice usability for aesthetics, and I just don't think that the icons are representative enough to be used alone.

    I also don't think that having chat bubbles across from one another rather than in line is benefiting the user in any way. And if the conversations are short while the screen is large, it will become difficult to follow the conversation.

    I think there is a better solution to the chat bubble style search results on the last screen. It seems like you could use the blue space under the navigation for search results.

    On the profile pages, the message under one user's name says "The Young Federer", while the other says "Online". Is this area designated to show a short description, or the user's status?

    0 points
    • , over 6 years ago

      Hey Louie,

      When we use icons we always use tooltips on hover over.

      At search the popup shows a limited number of search results, theres always be an action for show all in case of more tesults.

      If there is a custom user status it appears if no the connection type shows there as it is today.

      0 points
  • John PJohn P, over 6 years ago

    as long as it doesn't increase the processor usage like every single redesign of the app has done since the unification of contact list and chats

    0 points
  • Hüseyin YilmazHüseyin Yilmaz, over 6 years ago

    Skype? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

    0 points