imageMetro is Microsoft’s design language. It is our specification for applications written for the Metro environment in Windows 8. But, fundamentally, it is our design language. What does that mean?

There is more to Metro than sharp edges and clean typography. Metro is a design language based on real design concepts, principles, and theory. Most of the documentation on the internet is explaining “what” Metro is – they are specifications. But there is very little on the “why”.

In a recent discussion with a colleague, we were discussing this. He started from a design point-of-view, understanding Metro’s core intents. I was trying to explain why engineers (like Microsoft developers) don’t necessarily understand why Metro is advantageous.

Read the whole article here.