When I was brainstorming for my operating system, I knew one thing for certain. I wanted my system to feel relaxing and personal. I have a lot of anxiety and stress in my daily life and I wanted this system to aesthetically feel like a satisfying exhale. This prompted the need for my organization system, the Cluster. Aesthetically, I immediately had images of succulents in my head. Succulents are these little desert plants that are resilient and mesmerizing. Even though they are organic, they often grow in a pleasing symmetrical pattern, mimicking the fibonacci spiral which was my inspiration for Cluster. I wanted my logo to feel organic but controlled, like succulents do. Throughout my designs, many of my grids are based on the fibonacci spiral which keeps the structure I need but also gives it a personal natural atmosphere.
It’s minimal because clutter is stressful. I designed Cluster to be organized to revolve around the user. It feels personal because each OS can be customized to what each user finds important.
The login page is clean and uses the fibonacci grid, along with the login information, it also displays, the time date and weather. Even when all apps are hidden, I decided to display the time date and weather along with the Cluster because I feel that people are constantly asking for that information.
This group of 5 petals is customizable to the user to create 5 folders of their choice to be color coded and easily accessible. I chose to make my folders based on Agenda, Home and Family, Friends and Social Media, Entertainment, and Work and School. One or multiple petals can be selected to display or hide whichever information the user needs. This way, the user can compartmentalize, if they need to focus on homework, they can hide the socializing petal and won’t be bothered by the facebook notifications.
The game console application of this operating system was the most challenging for me, because I don’t really play video games very often. I kept the login simple with the avatars on a rotation, once selected the user can enter their password and enter their profile.
Once an application is selected, a splash screen appears behind the Cluster while it loads.
On the left are the buttons for Cluster News and Updates, TV and Movie Applications, Setting, Game Library, Google Chrome, and Messages. Again I felt simplicity was most important, personally because when I tried navigating a ps4, I was overwhelmed and easily frustrated.