Behind the screens of Windows 8’s nature-inspired artwork

For US-based designer Marius Bauer, creating artwork for the recent release of Microsoft's Windows 8 represented something of a career pinnacle. Working with the Microsoft design team, Bauer created images for the start screen (the one displayed when you first boot up or log in) as well as the lock screen, which kicks in when you resume from the screensaver.

"The design guidelines of the modern user interface in Windows 8 itself are authentically digital - clean, simple and direct. Based on that vision, they selected artists who had a matching portfolio," says Bauer. "We took quite an open approach to the design process itself.

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