Jeff Wilcox's Metro design guide [Developers]

With Windows Phone 7 featuring such a beautiful UI, there has to be a level of quality present in application appearance and user friendliness to match the core system, which is entirely different to the competition. However, there are a handful (or more) apps on the Marketplace that aren't up-to-par.

Jeff Wilcox, better known for the 4th&Mayor FourSquare app for WP7, has published a Metro UI guide for developers, which is beautiful in itself. Covering the factors; ease of use, simplicity, discoverability, conformance and more, the guide is a must read for any WP7 developer or even iOS and Android developers to gain an insight into the Metro universe.

Almost simply listing what to do and what not to do, Jeff explains the steps that are required and calculations that need to be made for your app to succeed in the Marketplace with both sales/downloads and highly rated reviews. Also, it's always nice to have a resource available for those who wish to port the UI to other platforms (opens in new tab), but mimicking the appearance of WP7 is one thing, replicating the user experience is another.

Source: Jeff Wilcox (opens in new tab), via: @guinnesslee (opens in new tab)

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Good, but his app is a little bit ugly, to simple, a good example of beautiful metro is the Bezz twitter app and the Facebook app.
  • Really? I mean opinion is opinion, but his app is 100% Metro influenced. Beez actually has a terrible, clunky UI that breaks some Metro principles. Read the reviews for 4th & Mayor, they all praise his design. Different strokes!
  • I love the app, i already read about the Metro principle, but for me this app looks to much like Windows Phone OS, not a app for Windows Phone, i miss something in the app. It could be more like TED, Facebook or Flickr app, you have all Metro in this apps, but you have more, have a personal touch of what this app is for.(I hope you understand what i mean, my English is awful)