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Welcome to the modern canvas

 

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Envisioning

Envisioning

Plan up front to create a winning vision and design a fluid, responsive app.

Visual identity

Visual identity

Define and deliver a powerful visual experience for your brand and your app.

Guidelines

Guidelines

Browse the comprehensive list of UX guidelines for layout, controls, user interactions, text, and more.

Downloads

Downloads

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.

App gallery

Visual and interactive guidance


Modern design

Modern design

Windows leads in modern design. Discover a new perspective here.

Layout

Layout

Understand how to use grids in the Windows framework.

Motion

Motion

From the subtle to the dynamic, motion makes your app feel alive.

Type

Type

Thoughtful use of type aids readability, implies hierarchy, and adds beauty.

Color

Color

Reflect your app's personality with the colors you choose.

Charms and contracts

Charms and contracts

Use charms and contracts for searching, sharing, and connecting.

Edges

Edges

Swipe from the edges to access commands, navigation, charms, and apps.

Live tiles

Live tiles

Invite users into your app with a fresh, alive, up-to-date tile.

Branding

Branding

Let your brand attract attention and express the essence of your app.

Semantic zoom

Semantic zoom

Use the power of semantic zoom for navigation and quick overviews.

Splash screen

Splash screen

Provide a first impression of your app that enforces your brand.

Navigation

Navigation

Creatively use patterns and tools to help users navigate your app.