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November 3, 2010
Windows Phone Developer Blog

Windows Phone Design Team joining the conversation

The Windows Phone Design team is very excited to be joining the conversations on the Windows Phone Developer Blog. 

We’ve come a long ways, what a start!  It was only last February in Barcelona where we revealed Windows Phone 7 to the world.  We had been working on our new design, Metro, for little over a year at that point, and we weren’t really sure what the world would think. Our design emphasized content & typography, we created  a new interaction model with Glance & Go live tiles, a new application framework with hubs that allowed for richer integrated experiences, and a fast, fluid, delightfully responsive touch interface.  During our design journey,  we met with thousands of users and translated their aspirations into insights, synthesized them to scenarios, then to concepts and finally into designs.  Some things worked, some not.  We worked the design and kept making it better. Over time, we started to believe we had something very special.… a new experience that would build the foundation for personal, relevant and connected mobile experiences. It was a great start in Barcelona.

With the launch of Windows Phone to the market, the design team is excited to continue evolving Windows Phone and to work with you to make Windows Phone even better.  We will use this blog to share our design thinking, ideas and tools for designing better apps and richer experiences. We will share the trends that we are seeing, things that inspire us, and offer guidance for designers and developers that are excited to create new app experiences for Windows Phone.

Joining me on this blog to talk about design will be:

Mike Kruzeniski , Creative Director for the Apps Design team. Mike leads the  design team working with 3rd party developers, external design studios, and Brands to help them create beautiful mobile experiences for the Windows Phone platform.

Bryan Agnetta, Design Program Manager for the Apps Design team. Bryan has spent the last half year meeting with designers and developers around the world teaching design for Windows Phone, and gathering feedback from the dev and design community.

Alfred Astort, Lead UX Designer for the Apps Design team working with some of our closest partners designing Windows Phone apps.

You’ll also be able to find us on twitter: @WPdesignteam

Please join us in continuing the design journey for Windows Phone.

Let’s get Started…

– Albert