We’ve already seen Microsoft’s original design mockups for its Windows 8 OS. But today, we are seeing earlier concepts of Windows 8’s Startscreen and the Lockscreen, thanks to its designer, Marius Bauer, who recently posted the designs on his website. Bauer designed the Startscreen and Lockscreen background of Windows 8. He begins the process by coming up with a subtle design for the Startscreen and the Lockscreen. Bauer was also joined by a team who worked on the art direction and final composition.


They explored a combination of digital illustration and photography based on Will Austin´s Wallpaper for Windows 7. “Being in Seattle, the home of Microsoft and Windows we got really inspired by the beautiful nature and iconic architecture of the city and the campus,” writes Bauer. “Both elements are integrated in the final design. Just as the design team did a great job curating the Windows 7 Artist wallpaper series, I made sure the illustration combines my personal illustrative style with the personality of the area and the product. We are all really glad with the final work.” You can check out the rest of the concepts here.

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