Chapter 2. The Modern UI

This chapter covers

  • The Windows Modern Style
  • Design principles for Windows 8 apps
  • Typography and grid layout
  • Device considerations

I’m not a designer. Like many, I can tell good design when I see it, but my promising art skills were tossed out the window and never really developed once I sat down at my first computer and started programming. Had I known then how well computers and art would coexist, I’d have kept pursuing them together.

Regardless, like many of you, I find myself designing UIs for applications on a fairly regular basis. In the days of rigid battleship-gray apps, this was relatively easy to do. As those fell out of favor and we started getting more creative, it became harder to keep up. Part of ...

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