By researching the social software on the market, we categorized them into two. One is chat-oriented, such as Line, Slack, and Skype. The other one is post-oriented, such as Facebook, Yammer, and Google Plus. We have conducted internal brainstorming and discussions and summarized the below points.
First we have sorted the messages into two sections.
1. Messages visible to everyone in the channel.
2. Messages collected in users own folder.
We then designed features corresponding to each section.
Two main themes are included in Chat, which are light and dark. Users are able to change their preference, keeping the central messaging panel clear and easy to read.
There are many configurations in Chat, so I have a created set of visual components and guideline, making sure the consistency of all configuration pages. Below are some examples.