The Story Behind Windows 8 Metro Design

The Metro Design language which started with Windows Media Center in now influencing Zune media players, Zune desktop client, Windows Phones, Xbox dashboard and now Windows 8. The touch UI of Windows Phone with Metro design has a story behind it. Watch it in the video above.

Sam Moreau, Principal UX Designer for Windows, joined me at \\Build on Day 2 to talk about the Metro Windows 8 UI. Where did swiping from the edges come from? What is the idea behind Charms? How do you swipe through apps backwards? Should every application migrate to a Metro style over time? Where should developers who are new to Metro start? We cover all of these and more.

Source: Channel 9

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  • Anonymous

    very cool

  • Emi Cyberschreiber

    I loved watching this video! saddly still there will be people who will complain about new UI.

    of course is different. but i jumped from MS-DOS to 3.1/3.11 and then 95. if i couldn’t deal with a change still i would be using MS-DOS. and i have been using Windows since that.

    and it feels nice, with mouse and keyboard it feels cool. and its beautiful. of course i had to change the default Green haha but it feel nice when you pan across a nice pic. and you feel it moves with the tiles. of course it needs works. but these 2 weeks its been cool. of course i almost dont see new UI like i didn’t see a start menu never. the only time i spent in start menu was when i couldn’t remember  name for program and i couldn’t find it.
    so no, as you didn’t see much start menú you wont see much new UI since most apps are still on desktop.

    but when i go there (new start screen) it feels and looks nice. i wish people would understand the idea behind metro, like with these videos. but its hard.
    i like also change, if i wanted something looking almost the same, i would stay in Windows xp and dont upgrade like alot of people.
    and Windows 8 is adding alot of cool features! so they are more reasons to upgrade.

  • Mmmm

    Well, they have to fix the color scheme in Windows 8 badly.

    At least in WP7 you can set a theme color so the default apps are at least somewhat unifying the experience in the midst of a clusterfsck of well designed and poorly designed third-party apps.

    In Windows 8, meanwhile, it’s a crazy rainbow of colors which third-party apps will surely not follow.

  • micheal

    I loled when he said using 2 mouses