The Metro UI design principles differentiate WP7 from the other icon based smartphone OSes out there. Unfortunately, a good portion of developers in the Windows Phone marketplace seem to ignore, or loosely follow the guidelines leading to some very ugly looking applications. In order to help developers design better look apps, Channel 9â€™s Silverlight TV show is launching a miniseries to correct this problem. They say it will be a monthly series, but I hope it becomes more frequent than that. A weekly show would be ideal in my opinion because of the vast amount of areas that need to be addressed. From the website
New Windows Phone 7 applications are being uploaded to the marketplace all the time. But is your application standing out? This week, John and Corrina Black kick off a new Silverlight TV mini series called "Windows Phone 7 Design Tips with Corrina" to highlight ways you can improve the design of your application. Each week, Corrina will focus on some issues and show both how to work through them and how to improve the application’s design. In this first episode, Corrina discusses the idea of the mini series and gives some insight into five of the design tips she unveils, including:
- Designing a compelling application tile
- Startup image design
- How to avoid banding with gradients
- Startup / Splash / Loading screen and avoiding navigation backstack issues
- Tips when using progress bars
I hope that app developers out there will tune in and incorporate some of these useful suggestions into their products.