8 Top Tips

So what are the
for Designing Windows Phone games
1. Focus
Write a “best-at” statement that clearly outlines what
makes your app great and unique from the rest. Use it as
a...
2. Plan
Create a navigation flowchart, showing how the pages in
your app interrelate. It will give you a clearer picture o...
3. Love the Grid
Grid based design is nothing new, but did you know that
Windows Phone has its own grid? Use it while sket...
4. Theme it
One of the great things about Windows Phone is that
users choose light or dark themes as well as personal
acce...
5. Its Alive
Users love apps that feel like they’re an organic part of
their phone. Make a great live tile experience, eve...
6. Lot Content Breathe
It’s tempting to pack as much content as possible onto a
screen, but remember that scrolling on Win...
7. Be Inspired
Windows Phone’s design language is inspired by
International Typographic Style. This style focuses on
stron...
8. Sell it
Consider how you populate your store entry. This is often
the first experience a potential customer has with yo...
Developers of all

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take advantage of a rapidly growing
platform…

can
support or offers

What
are available to UK Devs
Bring your app or game to Windows Phone 8 and get:
•FREE Windows Developer Center registration token
•FREE Windows Phone 8...
www.AppCampus.fi
AppCampus is a mobile application accelerator program managed by Aalto University in Espoo, Finland.
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“Take developers from an app idea to a successful app by
providing help, promotions and rewards.”

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* - subject to local availability
made by Nokia Developer
Nokia Developer Offers is a set of design, development, and
troubleshooting tools that will help you build great Windows
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© 2012 Microsoft Corporation.
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  1. 1. 8 Top Tips So what are the for Designing Windows Phone games
  2. 2. 1. Focus Write a “best-at” statement that clearly outlines what makes your app great and unique from the rest. Use it as a mission statement that guides design and development. Think about how different types of users will employ your app and focus on the top three “user scenarios” that truly support your best-at statement. Make these user experiences truly stellar before adding more features. For reference: Windows Phone Design Process - Concept
  3. 3. 2. Plan Create a navigation flowchart, showing how the pages in your app interrelate. It will give you a clearer picture of how users should get around in your app. Group like pages and then decide if each group should be in panorama, pivot or app bar style based on how users will interact. Even if you’re not artistically inclined, sketch simple wireframes for your pages and try different iterations. Sketches are always easier to modify than code. For reference: Windows Phone Design Process - Structure
  4. 4. 3. Love the Grid Grid based design is nothing new, but did you know that Windows Phone has its own grid? Use it while sketching or creating design comps. There is even a handy overlay included in page template. (It’s hidden in the XAML comments.) Flip it on and see the grid in your own application. Snap to it! For reference: Sketch Templates
  5. 5. 4. Theme it One of the great things about Windows Phone is that users choose light or dark themes as well as personal accent colors. The entire phone takes on those themes. Don’t let your app get left behind, or worse, perform opposite the user’s intent. Theme and accent colors are available as resources you can use throughout your app. For reference: Themes for Windows Phone
  6. 6. 5. Its Alive Users love apps that feel like they’re an organic part of their phone. Make a great live tile experience, even if that’s not the main feature of your app. Live tiles pull users back into your app, and give you an edge over the competition. Take a look at the templates and come up with some ideas. For reference: Tile Design Guidelines for Windows Phone
  7. 7. 6. Lot Content Breathe It’s tempting to pack as much content as possible onto a screen, but remember that scrolling on Windows Phone only takes a flick of the finger. Good screen design is focused on legibility and “scannability.” Let your design breathe and avoid the “wall of words” effect. Use white space – the gaps between visual elements – to separate groups of elements and make your layout easier to understand at a glance. For reference: Windows Phone Design Principles: more with less
  8. 8. 7. Be Inspired Windows Phone’s design language is inspired by International Typographic Style. This style focuses on strong typography, simplicity and clarity. It uses simple illustration, sharp contrast and bold shapes to communicate ideas effectively. Check it out, then spice up your app design. For reference: Windows Phone Design Bootcamp 101: Windows Design Language
  9. 9. 8. Sell it Consider how you populate your store entry. This is often the first experience a potential customer has with your app. Your app’s name and icon should be clear and memorable, its descriptions simple and effective. The screenshots you choose should demo key content and functionality that users want or need. Don’t let a great app fall to the wayside due to lackluster marketing. For reference: Windows Phone Store badge
  10. 10. Developers of all types take advantage of a rapidly growing platform… can
  11. 11. support or offers What are available to UK Devs
  12. 12. Bring your app or game to Windows Phone 8 and get: •FREE Windows Developer Center registration token •FREE Windows Phone 8 device •FREE 3 month Marmalade Indie license The offer closes on the 31st December 2013 so make sure your app is approved on the Windows Developer Center by then! https://legacy.madewithmarmalade.com/wp8
  13. 13. www.AppCampus.fi AppCampus is a mobile application accelerator program managed by Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. This is an 18 million Euro joint investment between Microsoft and Nokia to foster mobile application development on Windows Phone and any other Nokia platform. Successful applicants will receive awards varying from 20.000, 50.000 to 70.000 EUROS, depending on the complexity of the app. In addition, AppCampus also provides training in mobile technology, design and usability, coaching and marketing support. The only requirement is that successful applications are expected to be available exclusively on Windows Phone Store for the first 90 days. UK Camps to perfect your submission - http://www.ukmobileappaccelerator.co.uk/ Birmingham Camp 2nd December 2013 14
  14. 14. 1 “Take developers from an app idea to a successful app by providing help, promotions and rewards.” made by Nokia Developer
  15. 15. 2 made by Nokia Developer
  16. 16. 3 * - subject to local availability made by Nokia Developer
  17. 17. Nokia Developer Offers is a set of design, development, and troubleshooting tools that will help you build great Windows Phone apps that appeal to your users and speed up your development. Best part is, for eligible developers, This set of tools is completely free! • Microsoft Windows Phone Dev Center subscription (1-year) • BugSense Performance Monitoring Solution for Windows Phone (3 months free trial) • Infragistics NetAdvantage for Windows Phone (1-year) • Telerik Rad Controls for Windows Phone (1-year) To get this free package worth over £300, join today and get a jump-start on your development! Find out more at developer.nokia.com
  18. 18. © 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and other product names are or may be registered trademarks and/or trademarks in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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