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Software

Immersive Apps vs Immersive Content

App shouldn’t be immersive, but their content should be. Immersive app experiences are created by removing unessential elements from the screen. Anything that isn’t content is hidden so that your user’s videos, photos or texts can take up the entire screen. It’s wrong to try and create this same immersion throughout your app though, and […]

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Software

The New Outlook.com

I forgot to mention it last week, but the new Outlook.com was launched and is one of the first publicly available applications to use the Metro interface. Like I’ve mentioned before on the blog, people haven’t gotten many opportunities to use Metro. They’ll want to try using Metro soon because it’s going to be launched […]

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General

Uncovering the Compromises of Metro Style Apps

The Windows 8 design case study is not just an interesting look at how the Windows team approaches designing an app, it also gives you a sense of how users are going to use a typical Metro style app on Windows 8. Unfortunately, as I read through the case study more and more cracks started […]

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Mobile

Putting Metro on iOS

I was really happy about using the Photosynth app for the first time to make an excellent panorama. The app has the fastest and smoothest panorama creation out of any app I’ve tried. It does a great job of just letting me adjust my camera, while it captures what it needs to automatically and gives […]

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Mobile

Designing Metro Apps on iOS

Greater than the technical aspects involved with developing for different mobile platforms, the challenging job is understanding each platform, designing for its distinct characteristics, for its users, how they use and how they identify with their phones. iOS, Android and Metro may have affordances that suite one more than another, but the designs should always […]