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Ubuntu Concept by spiceofdesign Ubuntu Concept by spiceofdesign
This is a concept user interface for Ubuntu.

The first screen just shows a basic view with the dock on the left, showing open and pinned apps (in the order open pinned apps, open non-pinned apps, non-open pinned apps) This auto hides when apps are fullscreen but is accessible through the left hand edge. In the top right there is a classic wing-panel-esque applet area, which floats above windows.

The second screen shows a full screened app, with the applet area still showing over the top over the application title bar, allowing the user constant access to the information and settings it provides.

The third screen show the dash search, accessible by pressing the super key. Lenses are at the bottom (the selected one being a complete search, using all of the currently installed lenses). There is space at the side for any filters lenses allow.

Made in Inkscape 0.48 (with a little bit of GIMP)
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kaeruz Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student Artist
very good concept, man.
nice job! ;)
d0od Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
It's pretty... but look at your designs from the eyes of a user who isn't that clued-up when it comes to computers.

Would I be able to discover how to open apps that aren't on the launcher quickly? There is nothing on the screen to indicate that I need to press a button to do so.

Can I still put icons on the desktop? And why is the clock in my way when I make Firefox go full screen? I think I deleted something how do I find it again? etc.

Those would be some of the comments from user testing on this..

The thing about the big ol' BFB on the current launcher is that it does something when clicked, and users like to click. Keyboard shortcuts (i.e. like pressing the superkey) are used more by the computer literate, and those who are. They point and poke their way around an interface (there are videos of someones grandad using Unity and Windows 8 on YouTube. See how he navigates)

I do like your tweaks to Ambiance though. Not so sold on the use of elementary icons or the elementary cog.

(Also, this is all meant in a constructive way - it's awesome to see someone playing around with Unity elements)
spiceofdesign Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That is a rather broad and sweeping opening statement. Given that this was made with a computer you cannot say that this is entirely true.

This is more of a design of how I would have it customised. If you look at the second Ubuntu concept I have the BFB included as an option for dock items, for people who want the button. I personally think the way that the Dash is currently activated and used is bad, since you move you mouse to click the button (which is a long way on a big screen), then have to type to search forcing you to switch from a mouse to a keyboard. They you would click on an app to launch it. Instead I am suggesting type super to open the Dash, then type your search, navigate through the few results to launch using enter or preview using space, for example.

I was mainly using Elementary due to the gaps in Ubuntu's icon set (last time I checked there were no symbolic icons).
nuthinking Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I wonder how the Launcher would look over a maximised window. But good proposal indeed! ;)
spiceofdesign Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
NeonCrephoto Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks great! However, I see that the design doesn't mention where the window menus would go... is this design going with the elementary method of using app menu buttons instead?
spiceofdesign Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Probably with a combination of HUD
Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one must be implemented. You should contact with someone in ubuntu to ge this job integrated by default. It is just perfect :D
spiceofdesign Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I wish this were what Ubuntu looked like, but I think they are heading in the wrong direction at the moment. Theoretically it shouldn't be that hard to replicate, other than the theming of the dash (all you have to do is remove gnome-panel, remove the icon boxes and change the dock background, and add a [classic] wingpanel type program and it should look pretty decent)
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