It’s kind of ironic that the current trend in software interface design is based upon ideas birthed in ad buildings, publishing houses, and book binders.
The hallmarks for design magazine spreads, book covers, and pages are at the forefront of designing the software we run in applications or the web. And it is the cornerstone of Microsoft’s redesign of Windows. It also seems to scare the living mess out of Microsoft developers.
While Microsoft has created templates that developers can use, I can’t help but think that Windows 8’s success will depend on developing a class of designers who fundamentally understand the design language, speak it fluently, and can use deftly. I also think Metro, the design Microsoft has chosen, can only be helped by having these same designers experiment and push it forward.
For me I see how boring and repetitive Metro can be, but I also think that it can be original and compelling. Only through having designers that get it beyond the idea of Tiles, bright colors, and lettering, can Windows 8 become a viable platform.
(This is just a small rant, but I’m tired of developers who cut corners or don’t think about the design of the Tile on Windows Phone. I know it can give information but Live Tiles still function as icons; and it would be much appreciated if developers spent more time thinking about its design. Also porting a iOS icon over and putting it in a square doesn’t work either.)
To that end I just wanted to post some images I think show off what can be done with Metro, or in this larger context, minimalist design. The key I’ve found to thinking about Metro isn’t to concentrate on getting a specific style right, but about the focus. I feel like you could use Microsoft’s Modern design with gradients and drop shadows, but you have to think it through. So I hope you enjoy the images.
Images: Brosmind Studio
Tip of the hat to Design Defined