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I have redone the tile graphics. Tweaked the colors a bit.
Redone most of the icons or their sizes.

I think MS really rushed here. Most icons look like they were made in a hurry.

They are not even placed exactly in one place for each app.

This is to show how the Start Screen can look a little cleaner and uniform.

(Notice the reduced gradient)
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Project-Tsm Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
i agree with you on the icons
but i think the colors and the gradient MS went with are better suited
for example the orange you chose pops out a little too much i think
their choice of orange stays a bit more in the background this gives the start screen a more consistent feel in my opinion

i think the white highlight border from MS is also better because it makes it easier to distinguish between like tiles
although i admit that that's just me being pedantic and probably also personal preference
but i just wanted to give you my honest opinion

anyway i hope you keep up the good work i really like your ideas especially the metro desktop app
it looks really mature and thought through well
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zainadeel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
always appreciate honest opinions :)
I have been thinking of something to top this altogether. Its really hard work to come up with something that has the eyecandy of iOS and the function of Windows 8.
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Project-Tsm Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yeah I get you. Keep working on it. You are already doing a good job.
Looking forward to see what you come up with.
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xDivineInsanityx Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013   Writer
the search area needs to say "Google", instead of "Bing". Then these changes are perfect :D
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mattimeow Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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S-Penguin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I'm not a user of Windows 8, but from what I'm seeing you were able to blend the UI elements much better than Microsoft. Things that irk me (off-center icons) were fixed, and the icons seem as if they are made to be together, instead of looking somewhat similar.

The only change that seems a bit off to me is the calendar. From what I remember, the live tiles were supposed to be able to give the user information at a glance, without opening it's own program. You succeeded in doing this with the weather tile, it still shows information at a glance, and fits the general UI theme much better than the original, but your calendar, even though it visually looks better, doesn't show the same amount of information the microsoft version does at a glance.

Overall, if I were a Windows 8 user, I would VERY much prefer your version than microsoft's version. I never comment much on Deviantart, but I love seeing your takes on the microsoft UI! I'm still using Shine 2.0 for Windows 7 :P
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zainadeel Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thank u for the long detailed comment :)

Well I am also redesigning the Music App.. right now it takes too many clicks to find or play a song.
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S-Penguin Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
I'm excited to see what you can do with the music app, with so much information given by the app itself, I know it'll be hard to be able to convey it in a clean and attractive manner!
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Taichou-Henk Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Great job, how do you mod these?
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zainadeel Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
no idea.. these are native icons.. this is just a mockup. I have no idea how to change app icons. If you find out let me know :)
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luxorus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
You can change some of these icons. You can find them and replace them in images or assets folder in application folder which is located here: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps. This folder is natively hidden and inaccessible but you can get access by this tutorial [link]. I hope it will help you and I hope that if you change some of those icons you will release them here on DA.
PS: Sorry for my English
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zainadeel Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
if I get this to work this is great!.. but I have a question..
is there a way to backup the apps?
if I uninstall them and reinstall.. would that revert the Icon or will my replacement still stand?
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luxorus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
If you reinstall them by Windows store the icons will revert to native icons so you don't have to backup them but backup yours new icons because when the application updates the icon may return to its original state :-)
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zainadeel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
so I looked into them.. I find 3 or 4 icon sizes.. but I don't find any files for the size that on the tiles.. and also for the big ones that show when the app is loading.. the splash screen I mean.

do u know where those are for any native app? like mail for example?
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luxorus Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Icons are stored in bigger size than is on the tiles. Sizes are 150x150(Logo), 310x150(WideLogo), 30x30(SmallLogo, in all programs), 50x50(Windows StoreLogo), 620x300(SplashScreen). Communication apps like mail you can find in folder microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps(etc...) and other like music app you will find in folders Microsoft.Zune(Music/Video). I hope it'll help. If you will need any advice just tell me.
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zainadeel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
wow.. this is so so bad!.. so windows resizes the icons itself?
that's why there are some weird fuzzy lines where it can be sharp if they just used fixed sizes.

oh well.. thank u so much for all the help :) I am copying ur post to notepad. Have you checked the Pulse news reader app? their wide tile icon is ... take a look at it urself..
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Taichou-Henk Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Ofcourse, I did read the thing, I read that it's a mockup and still I ask this stupid question, forgive me!
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Caseyls Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Pretty much everything on yours is better.
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zainadeel Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
my try was to make it more consistent.
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Ugh, I didn't notice their icons were off-center until now.
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zainadeel Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
yea.. im OCDish that way.. and its killing me that I cant change the icon :(
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krisu0100 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
In my option, your calender isn't better from Microsoft's, because it doesn't show a current date.

But otherwise I like the changes.
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