Additional App Development for Windows 8 Curriculum Resources
There are 3 related courses dealing with App Development for Windows 8. For each of these 3 courses you can either download all the components in one click or individually by module (see the Related Resources section).
If you choose to download all the modules in one click, please allow a little time for the sections to be combined due to the large file sizes.
In addition to the component on this page here are the links to the other 2 items:
This curriculum provides tutorials on how to design for the new Windows 8 UI language. The content is 100 Level and can be used as part of a UI/UX class or for self-paced independent learning. The focus of the content is on the Windows UI style design.
This material is suitable for any college student, including business, social sciences, liberal or fine arts, students who may have little or no computer programming background. There are no programming skills required and the early modules start from basics and build skills required for more advanced topics.
Because this content can be used as part of an Academic class it includes background information, describing problems that are being solved, and provides background information as well as terminology that relate to Human Computer Interaction (HCI).
The material contains an Instructor Guide and video files that accompany the exercise files.
- Module 1: The Windows UI Design Solution
- Module 1 includes an overview of the Windows 8 platform, and how new Windows UI style apps fit into the user experience. This module introduces components to designers that not only should they be aware of but that they should integrate into their own application designs.
- Module 2: User Experience Design Fundamentals
- In this module, your students learn the fundamentals of the user experience design process. This session explains and navigates your students a typical process that a UX designer might follow when creating any app. It is important that you frame this module as a precursor to creating new Windows UI style aps. New Windows UI style apps are rooted in good user experience and are the key to building apps that are successful.
- Module 3: Applying User Experience Process to Windows UI Applications
- In this module, your students take the principles covered in Module 2, “User Experience Design Fundamentals,” and apply them to building their own Windows UI style app. They can choose to build the app from one of the example concepts provided, or build from their own concept. Students will spend a considerable amount of time in the planning stages of creating a new Windows UI style app, which might be different than any experiences that they have had in the past with building apps. The benefit to this planning is that development time should proceed more efficiently, due to their planning and preparation.
- Module 4: Introduction To New Windows UI Design Principle: Do More with Less
- This module builds on the exercise in Module 3 where students created a “best-at” statement and then created scenarios that followed situations that the user might be in when using their application. In this module, students will start recognizing the relationship between the user experience process, discussed in Module 3, and how it relates to the features and organization of content in a new Windows UI style app.
- Module 5: Organizing Features To Fit The Scenario
- In this module, students discover the relationship between the scenarios that they have created in Module 3, “Applying User Experience Process To New Windows UI Applications,” and the related features they created in Module 4, “Introduction to Windows UI Design Principle: Do More With Less.” Students discover how to organize features as commands on the canvas, or in the App bar. The App bar is a unique method for presenting features in a new Windows UI app that is only available in the Windows 8 platform.
- Module 6: Introduction to the New Windows UI Design Principle: Pride in Craftsmanship
- In this module students learn how the grid is used in the new Windows UI style design and how type is handled using the typographic grid and the type ramp. By the end of this module participants will feel confident in their understanding of the guidelines for using both the grid and type in the new Windows UI style applications.
- Module 7: Being Fast and Fluid, and Authentically Digital
- In this module students learn about two major components of the new Windows UI style apps: Animation and designing for touch interaction. These two components are part of a larger concept called “authentically digital.” Students discover how removing the traditional physical metaphors of application design allow them to create new and useful experiences for users.
- Module 8: Winning as One: Using and Charms Contracts
- In this module students discover how their users can take advantage of charms to enable unique integrated experiences between their app and the Windows 8 platform. Students also find out how charms are enabled by implementing contracts, agreements with other apps and the system UI. After this module, students will be able to create and implement scenarios where their app’s users can integrate with other apps or services on the platform. Students will also discover how they can design experiences for the results of those interactions.
- Module 9: Introduction to Live Tiles and Notifications
- In this module, students learn the role of live tiles in a new Windows UI style application and discover why it is important to invest in a tile on the Start menu. They also learn about the new Windows UI templates that are available for use as well as the various features of the Live tile, such as peek and cycle. Additional topics covered include branding, badges, and notifications.
- Module 10: Designing for Multiple Screens and Resolutions
- In this module, students discover techniques used for designing an app that looks great and works great on all screens. They also discover how to take advantage of snap and portrait, new views that are unique to Windows 8 and the tablet form factor.
- Module 11: App Submission Process
- In this module, students learn about the Windows Store and how to submit apps for sale and distribution. Trial versions, monetization options, and the certification process are reviewed.