Designing brilliance starts with a plan
Pride in craftsmanship
Devote time and energy to small things that many will see often. Engineer the experience to be complete and polished at every stage.
Be fast and fluid
Let people interact directly with content and respond to actions quickly with matching energy. Bring life to the experience, create a sense of continuity, and tell a story through meaningful use of motion.
Take full advantage of the digital medium. Remove physical boundaries to create experiences that are more efficient and effortless than reality. Design with bold, vibrant and crisp colors and images that go beyond the limits of real world material.
Do more with less
Create a clean and purposeful experience by leaving only the most relevant elements on screen. Let people be immersed in what they love and they will explore the rest.
Win as one
Work together with other apps, devices, and the system to complete scenarios for people. Fit into the UI model to reduce redundancy. Take advantage of what people already know to provide a sense of familiarity, control, and confidence.
Early design decisions
Choose a business model that works for you, such as free apps with ads, limited-time trial apps, or in-app purchases.
Know the requirements up front and design a quality app
that passes Windows Store certification with ease.
Let your app display Internet content, interact with devices, and access the cloud, all with a seamless network experience.
Slates. Desktops. Laptops.
Design apps that feel at home on any surface.
Make your games come alive. Use sensors for rotating, tilting, and steering. Play with touch interaction for an immersive experience. Design beautiful screens and intuitive navigation that engages your users.
Design apps that streamline your line of business workflows and give users a modern, natural way to work.
Tell your stories with beautiful images, clean design, well-placed text, and intuitive controls. Highlight breaking news. Let users share stories. Update live tiles with the latest headlines.
Design apps that are efficient at finding files and sharing content, that are easy to navigate, and that can either use all the space on the screen or happily share the space with another app.
Create a top-notch experience for listening to music or viewing videos by designing intuitive navigation, commands, and interactions.
Place buttons, messages, errors, menus, flyouts, and commands in the right location.
Know the recommendations for app page design including margins, headers, sizing and spacing.
Organize your pages using clear navigation patterns.
Choose to place commands in the top or bottom app bar, on the right or left of the app bar, on the canvas, or in charms.
Learn about swipe, slide, zoom, tap, and other elements of the Windows 8 touch language that are common to every app.
Design your app to look great on any device, on any size screen, when flipped to portrait, or in snapped or fill views.
Infuse your app with your brand. Let your brand express who you are and what you want to be known for.
Integrate ads that complement your app design, look great in all view states, and adhere to the certification requirements.
Essential PSD assets including templates, common controls, layouts, and components such as contracts, notifications, and tiles.
Download the PSD templates
Windows 8 mockups to use for wireframes including tiles, charms, app bars, menus, keyboards, and devices.
Know what is required for Windows Store certification, what is required to meet UX guidelines, and what is recommended to improve the user experience. Check your app against the list of must-have design elements.
The index of UX guidelines lists all the requirements and recommendations for user experience design. It is grouped by categories, such as Controls, Touch interaction, and Snapping and scaling.