The Microsoft team plans to continue releasing design. More than 100 icons are being redesigned to follow the Fluent Design line.
Some of the icons in the Microsoft ecosystem have been around for decades, so together they are conspicuously different. So it was time for a change that would unify Microsoft's style.
A few days ago we mentioned that the Office apps received new functions and a complete redesign to improve the user's experience from the mobile. And now they announce that the design plans cover much more nothing less than more than 100 icons of Microsoft products. And yes, also the Windows icon.
The Microsoft Office design chief has shared an extensive note on the factors that have been taken into account in this redesign and how the idea has evolved throughout the design process:
With the new wave of icon redesigns, we face two major creative challenges. We needed to signal innovation and change while maintaining familiarity with customers. We also had to develop a flexible and open design system to cover a variety of contexts while remaining faithful to Microsoft.
We will notice that the icons have more rounded edges, smoother gradients, and above all, the depth that this 3D feeling gives plays an important role. As they mentioned at the time, the spirit behind Fluent Design is not to give the feeling of a radical change, and again they leave that thought exposed:
Our Fluent Design System was instrumental in helping us overcome these two challenges. Fluent emphasizes building the familiar: designing for what our clients already understand, not asking them to develop new habits or learn something new
And the icons they show on the images seem to get that cool feeling that comes when the app we use frequently has a clever design change. Nothing drastic, a subtle change that makes a positive visual impact.
Microsoft hasn't mentioned when we'll see these new icons, but the design work may be complete in 2020.