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A Modern Media Center / Windows 10 Google: Desktop by wwsalmon A Modern Media Center / Windows 10 Google: Desktop by wwsalmon
A while ago I took the media center out of the main Windows 10 Google project to try out some new ideas. I renamed it "A Modern Media Center," a little mini-project that would eventually go back into Windows 10 Google. The idea was this:

Media Centers are going out of fashion. In Microsoft's Windows 10, the Windows Media Center was entirely gotten rid of. Why?

The Windows Media Center had the ability to organize all the media on your PC - videos, music, pictures - and things like recorded TV and whatnot - are all put into one set-top-box-ish interface. It tries to trap you into the app to make the experience more immersive and allow you to enjoy your media uninterrupted and in a consistent and cohesive environment.

But people are largely moving out of local media to use streaming services like Netflix, iTunes, Spotify, and other things. All of your songs are already all in Spotify, so why would you want another interface to layer it on top of? You often do want to jump between YouTube and, oh, I don't know, typing that essay due tomorrow. So a media center like the old Windows Media Center is useless or not preferable to just using the native interfaces.

A Modern Media Center aims to revive the idea of a media center, incorporating streaming services like said Netflix, Spotify, and iTunes into a single cohesive environment; this already makes it more relevant to the majority of people. Being able to seamlessly switch between and browse through all of your services through a single, minimizable, playing-in-the-background Window already presents a useful alternative to native interfaces.

But the interface also binds everything together. If you just feel like browsing through YouTube, you can do so in a beautiful, playback-focused interface. A lot of video platforms, like the subscription-based Vessel, have been adopting this kind of interface; the result is they are a lot more closed-off, differentiating creators and viewers (whereas YouTube tries to encourage being both), but also that the experience is quite a bit smoother. With my Modern Media Center, if you just want to browse through YouTube on a Friday night, you can do so in a beautiful interface without being distracted by all the creator tools that'll just get in your way.

Spotify has a nice desktop player that plays music in the background for you. But say you're an iPhone user and don't want to download the quite heavy and extensive iTunes program from Apple and just want to listen to your library on your PC in the background. With A Modern Media Center, you can do so; and if you want to watch a YouTube video, you don't need to open up a separate program, stop the music, then go back to YouTube and watch that; you can directly override it.

So that's the idea behind A Modern Media Center.

The interface uses nested sidebars with a combination of Material Design and Windows 10 and Metro UI, as per our Windows 10 Google project. Trying to get nested sidebars to work was actually one of the biggest factors in taking the media center out of Windows 10 Google for a while to experiment, and what you see in this deviation is what I've come up with after a substantial amount of time fiddling and idly trying things out on the side of working on the main project.

I'll leave the rest of the explaining to the mockup itself :)

Keep tuned for more!


Windows 10 Google Team:

DaKoder DriftShift dAKirby309 JSFeliciano

DISCLAIMER: This is just a mockup and a concept. It's not functional. I have no plans to make it functional, although you are welcome to take my work and build on to it so long as you credit me. This mockup was made in Paint.Net and/or Photoshop and/or Illustrator and/or other graphic design tools.

NOTE: I don't know why, but if you want to order a giant canvas print of my mockup, you can do so through DeviantArt ;)
theofryeyanos Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Student General Artist
how do you make these graphics so high-res and neat? what program do you use for the editing?
wwsalmon Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
skills. Years and years of doing stuff like this.

Paint.NET, it's in the description :P
theofryeyanos Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Student General Artist
derp derp derp derp derp
the giant description scared me
anyway it looks amazing
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