Designing UX for apps

[ This article is for Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x developers writing Windows Runtime apps. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation ]

Learn about and apply the basic principles of great Windows Store app design.

In this section

Topic Description

Vision and process

Learn the five design process stages that Microsoft design teams use. These stages promote the creation of wonderful apps that consider all aspects of design.

Navigation patterns

Learn how to organize your app's content so your users can navigate easily and intuitively.

Command patterns

Learn how to choose the right UI surface for commands, such as the app canvas, pop-ups, dialogs, and app bars.

Touch interactions

Learn about the touch interactions for Windows Store apps and the guidelines for designing good touch interactions.

Guidelines for Windows Runtime apps

Use this index to quickly find guidelines that can help you design a great Windows Runtime app, from UI controls to app contracts.

Download design templates and assets

Get started designing apps quickly with a portfolio of reusable wireframes, redlines, fonts and other useful design resources.