The Login Screen Background

Chuck says: "The point of the login screen is to provide a nice, simple, elegant environment that the login buttons and information can sit on top of. The aesthetic of Windows 7 is all about light, energy, transparency, and quickness. All things that, to me, implied combining natural elements with futuristic/digital style.

"[This is] the first iteration I did. Unexpected colors, simplicity, and fluidity...but not quite on brand and, as with any first round, in need of further exploration."

The Login Screen Background

"Sort of a horizon, astronaut's eye-view...but considering Mac OS X's astral aesthetic, it was pretty quickly realized that anything 'space' wasn't really the way to go. Still though, experimenting with lines, form, and surprising colors."

The Login Screen Background

"In my opinion, this version was the breakthrough in the aesthetic that shaped everything moving forward. Simple, thin lines, a lot of atmosphere and light, and the cool blue/green/white color scheme. I think the problem here was that it was feeling underwater, which didn't make a lot of sense with the bird, but the idea was there."

The Login Screen Background

"I flipped the composition and started trying out different amounts of lines, line weights, playing around with a few more colors, different densities in the atmospheric haze, more detail, less detail, etc. The consensus among everybody was that simpler was better, which ultimately led to the final design."

The Login Screen Background

"For whatever reason, I horizontally flipped the composition to present an identical but mirrored version of the last one and everybody was into the way the design originated from the bottom right versus the bottom left. Can't really put my finger on why, it just felt right, as cliche as that might sound. Everything was fine-tuned and after several back-and-forths, this was finally given the thumbs up."

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