A few weeks ago I attended a UX/Design web conference hosted by Nokia. The session was lead by Arturo Toledo who worked for Microsoft and was a major contributor to Windows Phone design and UX. At the end of the session they asked attendees to submit their app for a chance to win a free design consultation with the design team. At first I thought that apps were selected at random but it turns out they took the following things into consideration:
- App is live in the Windows Phone Store
- App has good ratings and reviews
- App is solid functionally speaking, but there is substantial opportunity to enhance its UX and visual design
I was chosen out of hundreds of submissions for my app, Space Weather. Here’s the blog post from Nokia’s developer community site, DVLUP.
Here I am, last but not least:
Even though I did a UI refresh on my last version, I’m not too proud to ask for help. My design, isn’t really design at all. It’s a collection of things that I thought were “cool.” I think many developers think this way – we make things look a certain way because: 1)It looks cool or 2) because we can. I’ll be the first to admit that a few features in my application that I put in there “because I can.” These, or course, are my “because I can” features. It will be great to get some professional recommendations from the people who wrote the book on Windows Phone design! I’m really looking forward to what comes out of this. Also, all of my app users will get a free update with some professional design. Hopefully I can apply these to the Windows 8 version, since it is lacking in the design department too.
I’ll be sure to do a before and after design session blog post. Oh yeah and WPCentral, my calendar is open if you want to talk and write something up afterwards 😉
Space Weather is ready for a face lift!