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Windows 8 is a new digital canvas where you can showcase your creativity and flair with apps that reach hundreds of millions of people. The platform provides unique features like Live Tiles, Contracts and Cloud services, so you can engage your audience more deeply in new and creative ways. Get ready for Microsoft Sr. Technical Evangelist  Chris Mayo, and Big Nerd Ranch, Director Of Design Brandy Porter to show you the ins and outs of designing a better UX for Windows 8!

Course Outline

01 |  The Microsoft Design Language
07 |  Charms, Contracts and Extensions

02 |  Less is More
08 |  Tiles and Notifications

03 |  Navigation
09 |  Touch

04 |  Layout
10 |  Animation

05 |  UI Elements
11 |  Accessibility

06 |  Snap and Scale Beautifully
12 |  Globalization

13 |  The Windows Store

Instructor Team

Chris Mayo | Senior Technical Evangelist | @chrisdmayo

Chris is a designer and developer focusing the design of Windows Store apps.  Chris has been with Microsoft for 12 years. Prior to joining Microsoft, he served as a designer, developer and architect in the IT departments of Fortune 500 companies in the retail and finance industries. Keep up with Mayo at his blog.

Brandy Porter | Director of Design and Instructor | @bignerdranch

Brandy has spent much of her career creating award-winning solutions for top consumer brands across all manner of media and has created results-driven interactive experiences on multiple platforms and devices, and has also taught interaction design at corporate and collegiate levels with a focus on user behavior, intuitive design and critical thinking. She leads the Design team at Big Nerd Ranch, a company known for its immersive bootcamps, corporate training and elegantly designed mobile apps. The Nerds are fluent in multiple operating systems and languages, including Windows 8, Android, iOS and HTML5. Brandy and her team also teach holistic design practices for major mobile operating systems. They have delivered courses to designers, developers and content strategists from Fortune 100 companies in multiple countries.

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