Course 40043A: Windows® 8 UX Design Workshop
23 August 2013
About this course
Audience profileThis workshop is created using the flipped classroom approach. In a flipped classroom approach, students learn the concepts at their own pace and outside of the classroom. They learn the concepts prior to attending the classroom. In the classroom, they apply the concepts by working on the labs.The hands-on labs will help designers and developers apply and reinforce their learning with respect to:
The labs support the “Windows 8 UX Design Jump Start” materials found online at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=318041At course completionThe primary audience of these labs is designers of Windows 8 store applications (user experience designers, interaction designers and visual designers).A secondary audience is developers of Windows 8 store applications who are charged with user interface design, or who need to be familiar with the guidelines and processes of Windows Store application user experience design in order to work with designers, or designers’ deliverables.All participants will have viewed the Windows 8 UX Design Jump Start materials (available at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=318041).After completing this workshop:
- Design principles underlying Windows Store applications
- Recommended approach and processes for designing the user experience (UX) of Windows Store applications
- Guidelines and requirements for designing Windows Store application user interfaces
- Describe and apply the recommended process and techniques for designing the user experience of Windows Store applications.
- Apply Microsoft User Experience guidelines to the design of Windows 8 Store applications. In particular:
- Determine the appropriate navigation pattern for an application
- Apply layout rules to application screens
- Apply correct commanding guidelines
- Effectively design for different form factors, including Snapped view
- Identify opportunities to leverage Windows 8 Charms and Contracts in an application user interface. In particular:
- Identify and design user interfaces for Share scenarios (source and target)
- Identify when it is appropriate to use the Windows 8 Search charm, and design compliant Search experiences
- Identify opportunities to use the File Picker and File Saver contracts, and design appropriate user interfaces for each
- Understand what user interface elements belong in the Settings charm and design compliant Settings user interfaces
- Identify opportunities to use application tiles, live tiles and secondary tiles to enhance an application user experience
- Describe the Start Screen tile design options.
- Describe the guidelines for usage of notifications and apply them appropriately.
- Course details
Course OutlineModule 1: IntroductionLessonsIn this module, students will get an overview of the workshop and the Windows design principles. Students will also become familiar with the application being used for the labs.
- About this Workshop
- Designing for Windows 8
- Lab Scenario
Module 2: Less is More
- Review the Windows 8 Design Principles
LessonsThis module covers the process of identifying what your app’s unique offering is, and the right organization of features to deliver that promise. The first three steps of the user experience design process described here will result in a “Great At” statement, a set of User Flows and finally a set of application features they require.
- Learn about the workshop agenda
- Learn about the application and the scenario that will be used on all the labs.
Module 3: Navigation
- The “Great At” Statement
- User Flows
LessonsThis module introduces the two standard navigation patterns for Window Store applications, and the navigation devices available to users to find their way around your application.
- Identify a “Great At” statement for your application
- Determine a set of “User Flows” to support the “Great At” statement
- Brainstorm and organize the features required for your app.
- Navigation Patterns
Module 4: LayoutThis module describes how to organize and present the content and features of an application.Lessons
- Select the right navigation pattern for your application.
- Organize a hierarchical navigation structure.
- Add a semantic zoom view to your Hub page.
- Apply standard Navigation elements to your page designs.
- Laying Out Content
Module 5: UI ElementsThis module describes the guidelines for laying out app bars.Lessons
- Apply standard page templates to your application.
- Layout content within the pages.
- Apply the Windows 8 type ramp.
- Consider the branding for your application.
- App Bar Design
Module 7: Snapping and Scaling
- Workshop Day 2
This module describes the scaling and snapping strategies that you can use toLessonssupport a wide variety of screen sizes, resolutions, aspect rations and orientations.
- Review some of the key topics from day 1.
- Learn about the agenda for day 2.
- Snapped View
Module 8: Charms, Contracts and ExtensionsThis module described how to design Share and Search experiences for an application.Lessons
- Learn about different scaling strategies.
- Apply scaling strategies.
- Learn strategies for designing snap views.
- Layout snap views for your application.
Module 9: Tiles and NotificationsThis module describes how to design default and secondary tiles for an application.Lessons
- Charms, Contracts and Extensions
- The Share Contract
- The Search Contract
- The File Picker Extension
- Design Share and Search experiences for your application.
- Design File Picker experiences for your application.
Module 10: Wrap-UpThis module provides a recap of the topics covered in the workshop.Lessons
- Design a default tile and secondary tiles for Food with Friends.
- Design notifications for Food with Friends.
Recap the topics covered in this workshop
- Principles, Processes and Guidelines
- Learn the importance of treating each application uniquely
- Recap the underlying principles of Windows 8 design
- Compare real world design considerations with the experiences of this workshop
Additional ReadingTo help you prepare for this course, please review the following resources:
Before attending this workshop, students:
- Must have viewed the Windows 8 UX Design Jump Start materials.
- Must have familiarity with the Windows 8 user interface.
- Must have familiarity with Windows Store applications and their user interface conventions.
- Should have experience with the principles and techniques of user experience and user interface design.
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