Office is used by over 1 billion people around the world, daily. Across a vast spectrum of industries, cultures, and generations, and devices. Tendril was approached to concept and create a film for the Microsoft Ignite Conference that showcased the simple, powerful, and intelligent UI/UX of the new Office 365 Suite.
The new Office 365 Suite is platform independent, contains advanced AI-powered features, can be run on the cloud and allows online collaboration between users across apps. The challenge was to convey a simpler, modernized user interface and amplify a sense of ease-of-use while simultaneously revealing the engineering complexity and powerful capabilities that exist under the hood.
The outcome was a world of layers that communicated the experiential fluidity and depth of the toolset, powered by decades of development. Drawing from these concepts and inspired by the underlying design, we dove deep into the software, constructing and deconstructing the various advancements into an animated visual language. Read more here.
“We all know modern life is faster and more connected: we’re living in it. Office supports this by making it fast and easy to express ideas, collaborate with others, and stay focused and in the flow.”
— Jon Friedman, Head of Microsoft Office design
The film is structured in chapters, each relating to a key concept of the redesign. Each chapter was given a corresponding visual metaphor, inspired by Microsoft’s Fluent Design.
Early Design Studies
Live Action Shoot
Chris Bahry, Alex Torres
Nidia Dias, Joey Recoskie,
Yeseong Kim, Nejc Polovsak,
Joey Recoskie, Yeseong Kim,
Nejc Polovsak, Leandro Beltran,
Samuel Bohn, Jeff Briant
Light / Render:
Jeff Briant, Nejc Polovsak,
Sound Design & Music:
Nice & Juicy
Chitom Eze, Saige McClean