Working with Windows Phone 8

The Grid (I know… sounds very tron like)!

So Windows Phone 8. It’s new, follows on the heals of the Windows 8 release. But the question is how much do you know to design for Windows Phone 8? Is it the same as Windows Phone 7? So I started a project designing an app for Windows Phone 8. My initial thinking was to look into the differences between Windows Phone 8 (WP8) and Windows Phone 7 (WP7) and then its relationship with Windows 8. One thing that is continuously rammed down your throat is to design to the grid. But what soon became apparent is that Window Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 both use different grids, mainly grids that incorporate different guttering measurements. For example WP7 uses a grid, which uses a 25 x 25 squares, with a 12px guttering. While Windows 8 uses a 10 pixel guttering. So which do I use? My decision was ultimately determined by the clients guidelines, which were loosely based on the WP7. Sol I breathed a sigh of relief!

The Positiive and Negative Aspects of Windows Phone 8

For one thing, there’s no denying that it looks futuristic.With it’s iconography and emphasis on a dark background. All very Star Trekky! But one thing that soon became apparent is that in the pursuit of the Windows 8 style interface, you almost have to dumb down your way of thinking. Simple interactions which could be done within one page, end up having to be moved to a secondary page, due to Windows 8’s emphasis on layouts, which are minimalist on content.

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