This project was mostly an exploration of interface design for quite an ambitious investment / financial related project. We toyed with 3D map navigation and 3D hexagonal menus which the client considered too sophisticated.
The client wanted to see the simplest possible interface, ie. Windows Metro. Hence we came up with this solution which was certainly much easier to organize and to code. We thought our programmers would be crushed with the possible loss of coding 3D buildings, roads, and menus, but they went on their merry ways. We loved them.