New Windows Phone 7 tutorials for Designers on toolbox!

One of my recent focuses has been diving into the topic of designing applications for Windows Phone 7.  Although simple upon first glance, the Metro design language has strong guidelines and can make a real impact on the design of your own applications.

I was lucky enough to become part of the effort with Avlade to update the Microsoft design Toolbox site with Windows Phone 7 content. After a good amount of time digesting the Metro design language, the Blend for Windows Phone add-in and the experience overall, we’ve come up with 7 tutorials for designers beginning their own WP7 journey.

Metro Design Language of Windows Phone 7
Metro Design Language of Windows Phone 7

Metro is the name of the new design language created for the Windows Phone 7 interface. When given the chance for a fresh start, the Windows Phone design team drew from many sources of inspiration to determine the guiding principles for the next generation phone interface.

Windows Phone 7: Starting to Design an Application
Windows Phone 7: Starting to Design an Application

Microsoft Expression Blend offers a feature rich environment for designing highly interactive experiences on Windows Phone 7.

Design Tips and Tricks for Windows Phone 7
Design Tips and Tricks for Windows Phone 7

The following list of tips and tricks will help you design and develop Windows Phone 7 applications.

Layout Tips and Tricks of Windows Phone 7
Layout Tips and Tricks of Windows Phone 7

One of the more powerful features that Silverlight offers you is an array of container controls providing a simple way to accomplish the layout of your dynamic applications.

Taking Advantage of Photoshop Templates
Taking Advantage of Photoshop Templates

In this tutorial, you discover how to use Photoshop Windows Phone 7 template files to create pixel-perfect application layouts for your Windows Phone 7 application.

FXG Import and Workflow
FXG Import and Workflow

FXG is an acronym for Flash XML Graphics File, and it describes an XML-based graphics interchange format created by Adobe for the Flash Platform, and is supported by Microsoft Expression Blend.

Designing for Gestures on Windows Phone 7
Designing for Gestures on Windows Phone 7

No longer do smart phones of today depend only on hardware keyboards or the stylus of the past. Windows Phone 7 devices come equipped with a capacitive touch screen that offers a smooth, accurate, multi-touch enabled experience for the user.

And there’s more on the way!

Keep an eye on the Toolbox site and Twitter account (@designtoolbox) for the latest information.

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3 Responses to New Windows Phone 7 tutorials for Designers on toolbox!

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  2. Mark says:

    your link to “Design Tips and Tricks for Windows Phone 7″ is broken

  3. Adam Kinney says:

    Fixed the link, thanks for the heads up!

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