We’ve been working on Basecamp Next since March 2011 and we’re getting close to the public release. The private beta is now in full swing.

Early iterations on the Projects screen

We thought it might be fun to share some of the early design explorations for one particular screen, the Projects screen. Basically, the projects screen is a list of your projects. You can create new projects there as well. We explored hundreds iterations of the screen – from small tweaks to fundamental shifts in the feature itself. Only a fraction of the explorations are shown in the video below.

What you’re seeing here are discarded ideas. But new ideas are often built on old ideas, so you may recognize some of the design concepts you see here in the actual final product.