As members of the Microsoft Hardware Industrial Design team, we are often asked where we find inspiration for our work. Is it fashion trends? Automobile trends? Sometimes.
But for our latest project we didn’t have to look far — we found inspiration in the technology of one of Microsoft’s latest products. We were captivated by the fluid, rhythmic patterns of people using the Microsoft Touch Mouse. Their finger paths and hand movements beautifully flowed in an organic nature —it was like watching an orchestral conductor — so we wanted to release a limited-edition graphic for the Touch Mouse that spoke to the beautiful motion, and we knew just the artist that could bring that to life.
We asked New York-based artist Deanne Cheuk, known for her illustrative typography, to develop a new design that captured the motion of the Touch Mouse. Deanne worked to integrate circuit boards and symmetry in her line work design. The result is the new Touch Mouse Artist Edition pattern — etched with an intricate, calligraphy-like motif — that echoes the tracing motion a person performs over the Touch Mouse.
Not only will you be inspired by the beauty of the Touch Mouse Artist Edition, but also your fingers will be able to keep up with your brain! Navigating is faster and easier with unique multitouch gestures of the Touch Mouse using one, two, or three fingers — designed specifically for Windows 7.
The Touch Mouse Artist Edition will be available at Best Buy and Microsoft Store soon for $79.95* (US).
We’ve captured the inspiration behind the design in this short video, check it out!
-Lindsey Kujawski, user experience designer
*Estimated retail price. Actual retail price may vary.