I wanted to put this quick blog together to answer the most common questions I get from students/developers wishing to build apps.

 1. How can I get a Store Account for Windows?

All Students get FREE Windows 8 Store accounts via DreamSpark follow this presentation on the steps to how to validate your FREE Windows 8 Store account

 
If your not a Student? Unfortunately you don't get a FREE Store account. However All paid MSDN subscribers will receive a free one-year Windows Store subscription (regular price $49 per year, or $99 for companies)

2. What are the resources available if I want to start developing a Windows 8 or Windows Phone application

Windows 8 Developers – http://dev.windows.com

Windows 8 Designers – http://design.windows.com

Windows Phone Developers – http://dev.windowsphone.com

Windows Phone Designers – http://design.windowsphone.com

 

3. Not a designer, where can I get a logo?

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Images from www.thenounproject.com Remember to check licensing first!

4.  I want nice fonts, but aren’t they expensive?

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www.Fontsquirrel.com is an excellent resource

 

5. Where can I get colours to match my app?

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www.kuler.adobe.com and www.colorlovers.com are excellent, free, searchable resources

6. Where can I get background/pattern for my app?

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Great resource with some nice tutorials www.dinpattern.com