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Clip Layer / 2016

CLIP LAYER / 2016

A universal overlay that can be launched over any app to allow easy snippet selection
Microsoft // Project profile page

ROLE

Lead Designer & Developer / Microsoft.

This was a self-started project at Microsoft, which began around April 2016 and shipped V1 in November 2016. It was a single-person team, which allowed me to drive a vision from the very beginning to the actual release. My responsibilities included defining problem space, creating the concept along with a future roadmap, and building the software implementation of Clip Layer.
 

PROBLEM SPACE

Phone has become the center of how I consume news, updates, interesting content, and other types of feeds. When I find something interesting or something I care about, I want to relay it for another purpose. However, two problems stuck out.

  Problem 1:  Because the selection model and actions available per information snippet are defined by the local app, there are many cases where users don’t have the controls they seek.

Problem 1: Because the selection model and actions available per information snippet are defined by the local app, there are many cases where users don’t have the controls they seek.

  Problem 2:  In places where selection is available, interaction methods aren’t always intuitive (It is often press & hold then precisely drag two draggers on each end).

Problem 2: In places where selection is available, interaction methods aren’t always intuitive (It is often press & hold then precisely drag two draggers on each end).

DIRECTION

What if there were...
A universal overlay that can be launched over any screen in a quick and intuitive manner to easily

  • Select information snippet

  • Copy the selected snippet

  • Act on the selected snippet

KEY FEATURES

  1. Invoke Clip Layer by pressing & holding on the home key. Because the home key is accessible for all devices, this was a universal interaction well suited for Clip Layer.

  2. Show selectable snippets with a bounding box. At that point, tap on one or more snippets.

  3. Copy to clipboard, Save across devices via Wunderlist, Email or Share to another app.

  4. Optionally, see what the selected snippets are through the “T” button on top right.

PRODUCT RELEASE

Clip Layer was released on Android on November 29, 2016.
Android app retired from Microsoft's Play Store account in 2018.

 Feedback from public after 48 hours of release

Feedback from public after 48 hours of release


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