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Microsoft shares Surface Duo Design Kit to help improve app design

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Surface Duo Screenshottool (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft released the Surface Duo Design Kit on Figma.
  • The kit helps people design apps and experiences for the Surface Duo.
  • Figma is a design platform that syncs over the cloud and allows people to collaborate on designs.

Figma is a collaborative interface design tool that allows creators to work together over the cloud. Designers can work together on the platform to create app experiences and graphics for modern devices. Recently, Microsoft released the Surface Duo Design Kit on Figma to make it easier to design experiences for the Surface Duo.

The Surface Duo Design Kit includes patterns, guidelines, dual-screen postures, and other elements that help people create experiences catered to the Surface Duo. The kit is v0.1, so it should expand over time. Microsoft explains more about the design kit in a recent blog post (opens in new tab).

Here's the full description from the Surface Duo Design Kit page on Figma:

The Microsoft Surface Duo Design Kit includes safe areas, design patterns & guidelines, dual-screen postures, and components for designing Dual Screen apps that users love. The kit details dual-screen capabilities and shows common use cases to help inspire your design. You can easily grab design elements and modify them as needed, giving you more time to create the best experience for your users.

With the design kit, you can grab elements and tweak them to meet the specific needs of your app. Using the kit helps ensure that apps span well across the two displays of the Surface Duo and that they can work in multiple postures.

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Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

2 Comments
  • Well, that's good. Some MS support to developers wanting to target this thing is appreciated, and indicative of MS actually caring. DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS.
  • Agreed! Need more support / developers.