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Windows Explorer Concept 1 by Rock0 Windows Explorer Concept 1 by Rock0
Windows Explorer Concept 1




This concept plays around with the idea of having as much vertical space as possible, which browsers are currently competing for.

Here, the location bar has no container, until such time as the user wants to edit the current location (by typing). This allows for the navigation area to be shifted further up in the window, whilst making it easy to drag the window around.

Other modifications

Removal of the progress bar that appears in the location bar when content is being loaded, or a search is being performed. This has been replaced with a small graphic to the right of the navigation buttons. (This has also been done because Windows is somewhat inaccurate when calculating how far it is with a task.)

Because of the need to free up some space toward the top of the window, the search box has been moved into the task-bar. This is also appropriate because a search generally applies to the folder you're currently in, which is what the task-bar as a whole resembles.

The task-bar has also been split up into two sections: one for current folder actions, and another for the selected item (if any). 'Organize' has been changed to 'File' to increase familiarity.

The default folder view is now 'Content', as Explorer would display information more applicable to each item in the view, such as '139 contacts, up to date'.

Lastly, this idea has been adapted to a custom theme (see 'Attributions' below), not the default 'Aero' theme.




What do you think of this concept? Do you think it's viable? Let me know in the comments, and we'll make improvements from there.




Attributions: Fugue Icons (sligthly modified) by Yusuke Kamiyamane (yusukekamiyamane.com); Glass Onion Theme (slightly modified) by Solmiler (solmiler.deviantart.com)

Notes: Permission is hereby granted to distribute modifications of this work at any time, on the single condition that the original is attributed (via linkage) to ~Rock0.
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BTNH108464 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
i like it, its probably the the clean ui.
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reddify Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student General Artist
this is really neat,  should be stock. 
only, task bar seems over crowded, id have a serch icon that opens up a textbox when clicked & closes automatically when done
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:iconr4iidy:
r4iIDy Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
looks awesome dude ;)
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013   Interface Designer
Thanks :)
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nooben38 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
where to download?
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   Interface Designer
just a concept
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:icontintinytdj:
Tintinytdj Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
10/10 would browse
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:iconyangzihaoa:
yangzihaoa Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
like this !:)
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012   Interface Designer
Thanks :)
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:iconjeweltiti:
jeweltiti Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
wow
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012   Interface Designer
Hehe
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:iconwajdib-m:
Wajdib-m Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Nace worck guy
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012   Interface Designer
Thanks mate :)
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givesnofuck Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student
Nice work mate :thumbsup:

:peace:
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011   Interface Designer
Thanks :)
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:iconyautou:
yautou Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Nice!
But the forward&back button seems to be a little big.
and where is the preview panel?
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011   Interface Designer
Thanks - I guess so, but it seems to fit well.

Lol, I never use it - but it wouldn't change anyway.
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:iconimvad:
imVad Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Love it!)
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011   Interface Designer
Thanks! :)
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:iconempshadow:
EmpSHADOW Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
this very nice concept
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011   Interface Designer
Glad you like it :)
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:iconcg001:
CG001 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
hey, this very nice concept,
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011   Interface Designer
Tx :)
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Macind0ws Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
Wow that looks awesomeeeeee :D
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011   Interface Designer
Thanks! Glad you like it :)
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:iconkenjiehimura96:
kenjiehimura96 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Real nice concept! I wish we could have something like this someday!
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011   Interface Designer
Glad you like it. I'd like to eventually do an OS concept. Could get somewhere one day. :)
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kenjiehimura96 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Please try to make a theme like this for windows 7! I like this
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:iconcodestigma:
codeStigma Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Beautiful, icons fit too.
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011   Interface Designer
Thanks - glad you like it :)
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:iconsoulviruta:
SoulViruta Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Just a beautiful job, I love it!
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011   Interface Designer
Thanks :)
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:iconcu88:
cu88 Featured By Owner May 3, 2011   Interface Designer
great concept
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner May 3, 2011   Interface Designer
:)
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:iconboneyardbrew:
BoneyardBrew Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I really like your approach.

Visually it's stunning ( the bar, icons, text, etc.), and I love that arrow under search.
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011   Interface Designer
Glad you like the idea :) could do with a marginal improvement, but it's cool as it is :)
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:iconle0n-the-stranger:
Le0n-the-stranger Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
what function has the arrow under "libraries"?
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011   Interface Designer
It's just a visual gimmick to indicate the current folder, but more what the task-bar is associated to.
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SanekK Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
I'm like it (sorry for my english)))
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011   Interface Designer
I'm glad you like it! :)
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AndrewDavidJ Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Amazing work.
It's about time I see a Windows UI concept with proper alignment!
This is the kind of interface Windows needs :)
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011   Interface Designer
Thanks - glad you like it. Moreover, I'm glad you look for details like that. Not many people do nowadays. In fact, it's one of the main reasons I setup a group for concept-design: it's not just a pl ace to share designs, I'd like it to also be a place where one can see improvement in others' work at the same time.

:)
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congapc Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Yeah, Hope that i will come true! why don't you submit it to MS!
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011   Interface Designer
I may just do that, just for the fun of it - but it will be without the custom theme, just the native aero theme.
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:iconcongapc:
congapc Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
I hope to see it in windows8 :D by default:love:!
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:iconcongapc:
congapc Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Oh,I like it very much!
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:iconnedain307:
Nedain307 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
this is a very nice concept, submit to microsoft and see if they consider it :P
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011   Interface Designer
I'm glad you like it (:)), but they won't. Looks like this is the path they're going for in Windows 8: Spy Shots: Windows 8 With a Ribbon Interface? [GALLERY]
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Nedain307 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
personally I believe that microsoft should "hire" "outsiders" or advanced users that create these kind of mockups, and then take in their ideas, as they turn out better than their own at microsoft :)
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011   Interface Designer
I believe they should too - Facebook does that with Hackers, and so does Google. :)
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