In this behind-the-scenes video, Microsoft Hardware designers Lindsey Kujawski and Kate Bailey share their process and talk about what they aimed for while they were designing for the Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 Studio Series mice.
Per Microsoft Hardware team blog post:
"Kujawski and Bailey started out by gathering inspiration from the world around them, then sketching their rough ideas. Once they had a selection to choose from, they picked their favorites and started translating them into refined graphics--then stopped. Why? Kujawski explains, "We realized that the coolest versions were those original sketches." Bailey adds that the sketches "really expressed this kind of personal, low-tech style that a lot of consumer electronics are missing."
The two ended up with several patterns inspired by the city, by nature, and by hobbies. For example, one mouse was inspired by spirograph designs and crochet patterns, while another was inspired by the organic patterns found in nature.
Each pattern may have been inspired by something different, but the series is tied together by a consistent look and tactile experience. The designers' goal was to make the patterns subtle, so that you see a solid color from far away and discover the linework and detail as you move closer. And in printing the patterns on the mice, they raised the outlines so that you feel them slightly as your fingers move along the mouse's surface.
An incredible amount of thought went into these patterns because, as Kujawski says, "We understand that every part of what people carry during the day is a really important part of their identity"."