I really do love Metro and Windows8 UI but Microsoft please update the legacy applications icons to match the metro guidelines. If Microsoft can’t update their app icons to match Win. 8 guidelines then they can ‘t expect 3rd party followers to follow their guidelines.
Blog post by the Creative Director of Windows mobile on his favorite Metro Apps. A few nice gems that strongly follow Metro’s clean and open grid system with bold use of photography and color.
It’s easy to be snarky with any Microsoft video, specially one which is highlighting the future as defined by consumer technology.
But this video is well thought out, it clearly displays Microsoft’s new approach to UI and product design. Metro which is Microsoft’s new UI language, a language defined by modern aesthetics, clean grids with minimal visual details, and highly legible typography. Direct influences are Swiss based print design, and way-finding graphics found throughout transportation hubs.
My main complaint with the video is that the future always is so lonely. In a six minute video, we only have a single instance of engaged one-to-one human interaction, and we have to wait till the very end. All other communication and engagement is mediated through a screen, transforming users into avatars of their three dimensional selves.
But my hope is that Microsoft stays true to the vision and Metro guidelines to deliver modern interfaces to their products. At this point Apple’s overly skeumorphic aesthetic is wearing thin, and Metro is pointing in the right direction.
I recommend that any UI and UX designer take the 15 minutes to read How Print Design is the Future of Interaction by Mike Kruzeniski. In the article he spells out the core philosophy behind Metro and design that highlights content, instead of crowding the experience with UI tools. Finally read and watch Microsoft’s Metro Design Language guidelines. And finally stop polishing your logos and instead focus on layout, typography, and legibility.
P.S. As a designer who started on a Macintosh Performa, it’s very odd to recommend Microsoft.