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The Windows Phone 7 Series is based off a new design language/system, code-named Metro. The Metro design concept provides guidelines and interaction methods for developers/designers to create a consistent and dynamic UX for the Windows Phone 7 (WP7). This is a wonderful opportunity especially for developers to gain a deeper understanding of design fundamentals and adopt a functional design style they can incorporate into Wp7 applications. You may get a glimpse of the Metro design features in action on the Zune UI.

As the name “Metro” suggests, the design language is inspired by the visual language of airport and metro system signage. Consequently, the UI of any mobile app on the Windows Phone is envisioned to be clean, modern and user-centric, to make use of good legible typography and bold colors. Each UI directive to the user should be clear and interaction should be straightforward. I would simply sum up this idea as: interaction with the mobile device should turn from being complex to a simple user reflex. No need to mention, the WP7 design concept includes one mantra we all know by heart: “Content is king“. The UI of your Windows Phone app should delight the user through content instead of decoration, so basically your content should be the UI.

At MIX10 I got a chance to check out the WP7 Metro design book first-hand thanks to David Kelley. Here is also a very nice walk-through of the Windows Phone 7 Series book, put together by Long Zheng (from istartedsomething):

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If you want to find out about the many cool details of the WP7 design language, the best source is definitely the MIX10 “Windows Phone UI and Design Language” session by Chad RobertsMichal Smuga and Albert Shum.

After watching the session recording, if you should be in search for further info:

Recently I have also discovered the following video featuring Albert Shum, Director of Mobile Experience Design for WP7, who gives a perfect overview of the design inspiration for WP7:

In the 2.part of this series, I am going to share my personal impressions on Metro and focus on its typeface-centric design features.


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This morning Visual 2010 was officially launched at the DevConnections conference. You can find all the files available for download here. The free Express editions and new versions for the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit are available too. Check out Scott Hanselman’s blog for extensive details about the new features and download info.

A side note for Windows Phone developers

The following info can be found on the Visual Studio Express site: “If you have downloaded and installed Visual Studio 2010 Express, Professional, Premium or Ultimate and want to develop for Windows Phone, this current CTP release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools is not compatible. We are working hard to refresh the Windows Phone Developer Tools to be compatible with the release versions of Visual Studio 2010 and will have an update soon.” This was was also confirmed on Channel 9 after the keynote today; so basically the VS2010 RTM and WP7 CTP are not compatible yet.

Silverlight 4 will be launched tomorrow morning, Tuesday April 13th, during Scott Guthrie’s keynote.

Today Microsoft also unveiled its “Project Pink”; the new social phone “KIN will be available through Verizon as KIN ONE and KIN TWO. The UX of KIN is pretty interesting; the phone’s main features revolve around the KIN SPOT, KIN LOOP, the camera and KIN STUDIO. The live webcast was short, but outlined the phone features with some catchy phrases. Here are a few of my notes:

KIN is for the social generation, who care extensively about self-expression and deeply love to share their life journey. Simply call this life-casting, which requires them to lead a multi-screen life. They are passionate about technology and have high demands from it. While the Windows Phone is designed to simplify the user’s life, the KIN is a phone to amplify the life of the social generation.

KIN’s website is also live now; the site’s design is very sleek and modern. Yet I still wonder, why it uses the Adobe Flash Player and not Silverlight for the animations and videos?

Interestingly, today is also the launch date of Adobe’s Creative Suite 5. There is a lot to catch up this week for all developers and designers out there; no matter what tools they use!

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