I’ll say from the start that I’m a fan of Metro – the new design system for Windows Phone 7. It’s already inspired a great Twitter client and having played with a WP7 recently, I continue to be impressed. I like it’s clean, elegant 2D look versus the now overused, glossy, reflective look. I actually like both from a design perspective but prefer Metro for now at least.
You can now get a collection of resources should you be interested in designing for WP7 or perhaps you’re just interested in UI design. The UI Design and Interaction Guide for Windows Phone 7 v2.0 and Design Templates for Windows Phone 7 are now both available.
Also available as a PDF is the Windows Phone Design System - Codename Metro. I believe this is the source of the book that was recently handed out at MIX10 (if memory serves) with pages full of stuff like this…
Call me a design geek…but I like it.
[bonus link - Meet Your Type: A Field Guide to Typography (free PDF)]
Well I am a geek so….
another set of stuff to tick off my list now I’m out here in Seattle. I’ve done a few of them already – the Microsoft Visitor Centre in building 92 was where I spent my first day of the new job here in Redmond. Not that I started by shopping and checking out history, just that we do our new employee orientation there. I’ve also done Microsoft’s Memory Lane many many times and was down in Madison Park earlier this week but missed the Starbucks there. Those following me on Twitter will know I’m on the hunt for the best burger in the area and have been informed that Burgermaster is worth a look – not least as I may bump in to Bill there.
Thanks to Techflash for a great site - http://www.seattletechtour.com/
Aaron over on the Windows Phone blog published a post yesterday that is getting a good amount of coverage, most notably around how Windows Phone 7 will connect to the cloud. As Aaron mentioned, the Windows Phone Live companion site will give people a central place to see pictures they’ve published, view their Windows Live calendar and contacts, exchange OneNote files and access other information shared between the phone and the Web. The site will give users 25GB of SkyDrive storage and host the Find My Phone service, which allows people to find and manage a missing phone with map, ring, lock and erase capabilities from your PC. All for free.
It took me back to a post Gizmodo wrote a few weeks back about Kin and what the service model behind Kin showed the potential for. Frankly, I think we’re just scratching the surface but this companion site is a great start. It doesn’t take much imagine where this is going when your devices are truly using the cloud as their central “memory” and even more so when you start to connect multiple devices (think TV, XBOX, PC, Mac) to that same store. Your stuff just starts to follow you and it gets really smart when your devices can make inferences based on past data and start to predict what you’ll want to do, or where you want to go. Kin Studio was widely applauded for showing this type of potential.
If that all sounds a bit nebulous, stay tuned as I have more to come on this topic.
A nice spot by Sarah Perez this one. If you’re one of the lucky few with a Windows Phone 7, this alpha build is ready for download.
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I gotta get me one of there iNotepad’s to take to meetings around here in Redmond. Just gotta be careful not to hold it on the bottom left of the page I guess.