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Windows Phone 8 Application Development Essentials by Tomasz Szostak

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Chapter 2. App Design – Best Practices

This chapter explains how to create a UI for a Windows Phone application. The following things will be explained in this chapter:

  • First impression
  • Golden circle
  • Planning
  • Commands and navigation
  • Touch
  • Branding
  • Principles for user interface (UI) / user experience (UX)

First impression

Many projects end tragically or will never be in use because of poor user experience. Why is it so important? It is scientifically proven that people form an opinion after a few seconds of using an application. If the application looks complicated, uploads too slowly, or seems old fashioned, a user will uninstall it and the application gets a 'one star' rating in App Hub (the Virtual Microsoft store with applications, games, music, and ...

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