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About two months ago the Windows Phone team issued a challenge to student developers over the summer holiday:

The challenge, to create an awesome Microsoft Expression Sketchflow prototype of a Windows Phone application.

The reward was to win one of 50 HTC Mazaa developer devices. The competition resulted in over 281 prototypes created and over 203 participants submitting prototypes.

So if your developing Windows Phone make sure your using Microsoft Expression Sketchflow which can be downloaded for FREE via Microsoft DreamSpark or MSDNAA and here are some useful tips and guidance on your designs.

  • Clarity of Purpose – Easy to understand what the app would do and for whom. There are various ways to do this: use of an “about” screen, using notations throughout the prototype, and the use of another web-page or even a video explanation.
  • Innovative – Does your app do something new or accomplished something in a new way are you using the device features.
  • Use of Metro – Does your application belong on Windows Phone due to the choices made in layout, in the use of controls (e.g. pivots, colours, functions and layout)