Friday, May 17, 2013

Windows Phone App Design Principles

Hope most of you might have heard DOUGLAS MARTIN's quote:
         "Questions about whether design is  necessary or affordable are quite beside the point: Design is inevitable. The alternative to good design is bad design, not no design at all."

And  VICTOR PAPANEK says: 
       "Design is the conscious effort to impose meaningful order"

So, if designing is that much important then one has to be very much stern about it. Going forward, today I am pointing out some design principles for Windows Phone App. So, let's gear up.

  • Clutter free UI - Information should be well organized and user should not get congestion like feel. Make best use of typography
  • Focus should be on content and it should be in a way that it attracts the user's attention from the beginning itself
  • Try to keep only the most pertinent content on the screen because when it comes to WP design, content matters more than a chrome
  • Try to provide seamless UX from dedicated device buttons
  • Tiles should be soulful and alive, in order to achieve the better responsiveness
  • Accentuate more on enhanced touch and gesture information
  • Try to keep the smart screen updated with only the latest and germane information
  • Use proper icon/text to introduce your app
  • Always create UI mockups, before proceeding towards actual implementation
  • Once mockups are ready, never hesitate to do usability testing
  • Provide app uniformity by providing similar meaning to similar images, color, symbols, etc
  • Do spend time in branding your app - it includes logo, color, copyright info, etc.
Hope above tips were useful :)

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