Built for design, designed for builders
Welcome to the modern canvas
New in design
Plan up front to create a winning vision and design a fluid, responsive app.
Define and deliver a powerful visual experience for your brand and your app.
Browse the comprehensive list of UX guidelines for layout, controls, user interactions, text, and more.
Get the templates for Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Balsamiq, and PowerPoint.
The new app gallery
We have collected the best designs in the catalog and created concepts that showcase creative directions in Windows 8.1.
Visual and interactive guidance
Windows leads in modern design. Discover a new perspective here.
Understand how to use grids in the Windows framework.
From the subtle to the dynamic, motion makes your app feel alive.
Thoughtful use of type aids readability, implies hierarchy, and adds beauty.
Reflect your app's personality with the colors you choose.
Use charms and contracts for searching, sharing, and connecting.
Swipe from the edges to access commands, navigation, charms, and apps.
Invite users into your app with a fresh, alive, up-to-date tile.
Let your brand attract attention and express the essence of your app.
Use the power of semantic zoom for navigation and quick overviews.
Provide a first impression of your app that enforces your brand.
Creatively use patterns and tools to help users navigate your app.