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Start Screen unmetro by zainadeel Start Screen unmetro by zainadeel
just having fun. Was practicing these icon styles and actually came up with this fun idea to do the start screen in somewhat opposite style to what the Metro tells us :P

lots of fun~! almost 1plus hour per icon. Many many layers.

And yes I made the betta fish aswell. Only the game icons are default.. except for solitaire. and the website icons are from the web except for youtube which I had to make myself in 64x64.

please download and set as fullscreen preview to feel it on a full HD display .. :P
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Looks a bit too much like the Windows Phone. I also feel its a bit too cluttered, if the game apps and web apps were on another page, it wouldn't have such an effect.

The design of the icons are all great, exempt for the games. I feel that they should have their titles listed on them. The pictures are kinda self explanatory, but it would be nice to see what your launching.

But other than that I love it. Its very minimal and has a clean feel to it. Overall a great design and I hope to see more in the future.

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In a word - Fantastic.

The execution of the design makes the whole menu look 'delicious' (if that's even possible). It makes you want physically touch the tiles and move them about. It made me imagine the subtle animations within the tiles.
THIS is what Microsoft should be aiming towards with their tablet UI implementation (and potentially desktop too).

The icons and tiles are soft on the eyes and the minimalistic approach to notification badges is great. They let you know that something is pending without being too 'in-your-face'.

The colouring behind the tile backgrounds seems a little arbitrary as there's no set colour for stock apps or at least for app categories (i.e. messaging apps to be one colour, control apps another etc). It makes it seem jumbled and disorganised.

Gaming icons are fine as they are (a mouseover to show titles would be good) however, some sort of overlay could be used to make them blend in with the rest of the tiles. they seem a bit loud and glaring. (Game developers may one day include tile images specifically for Win8 in the future to fit in with the UI).

Obviously, with any added tiles, such as the web links on the right, there's no way to make them fully fit in with the overall UI format. The way that you've shown it is one option, but perhaps another option whereby the background is the same for all and just the logo in the middle?

Shadows. At a first glance, the balance between shadows and tiles is great. There's a subtle feeling that each tile is hovering just above the surface.
However, when you start looking around a bit more and your eyes adjust, it brings about this effect [link] Obviously not to the same degree, but it has an effect on the eyes and slightly ruins the overall 'clean' look. Perhaps lowering the shadow radius will eliminate the problem, or increasing the spacing slightly between tiles?

The interior shadows on the tiles themselves (e.g. settings tile) are a bit overpowering when mixed with the reflection effect. Maybe reducing the radius again or making the colour of the shadow slightly lighter. Then again, maybe varying the strength of the shadow depending on the tile background colour.

The background wallpaper colour is a great choice. The soft grey with the outward gradient from center definitely keeps the focus on the tiles. Much better than the 'funky' designs and solid nature that comes shipped with Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Lovely choice.

Overall I think this is a great concept. Again, this is the sort of UI Microsoft should be attempting to create with Metro and, should there be any chance of customising the Start screen when the OS is shipped, you should definitely try and make this a reality. I'd definitely use it.

Great work :)
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Losertry Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! crazy combinations!, can you share the icons or its a style layer?
revengex360 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
zainadeel Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
it has its place. Have you looked at that app Paper by 53? I think its the best way to use Skeomorphism 
toxitaspada Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
 please i want this theme and wallpaper
Heimdyll Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Everything... so.... perfect
zainadeel Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thank u :)
RutulParikh Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Do you have these icons in separate?
zainadeel Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
nope.... made them in one psd.
Faisalharoon Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You Should See this [link]
Faisalharoon Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
kya app mujhe icons de sakte hain agar aitrzz na ho to
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