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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.

-TXT
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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?
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revengex360 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
SKEOMORPHISM (( SPELLING!!!??? )) WILL LIVE FOREVER!!!!!
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:iconzainadeel:
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 
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toxitaspada Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
 please i want this theme and wallpaper
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Heimdyll Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Everything... so.... perfect
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:iconzainadeel:
zainadeel Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thank u :)
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RutulParikh Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Do you have these icons in separate?
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:iconzainadeel:
zainadeel Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
nope.... made them in one psd.
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:iconfaisalharoon:
Faisalharoon Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You Should See this [link]
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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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:iconzainadeel:
zainadeel Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I cant. I will see to it if you can show me a proof of concept of the software you are working for. Then i can work with you on it for icons if its good enough :)
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:iconfaisalharoon:
Faisalharoon Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Drop down Skype and ill give the app
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:iconfaisalharoon:
Faisalharoon Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you can see this that all default apps icon are changed by me [link]
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:iconzainadeel:
zainadeel Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
hi
the app you are working on. Whenever you release it I can tweak my icons and release an icon pack for it. I will be free after 6th june. So email me the dimension and such ur app uses to change icons.

zainadeel@live.com
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Faisalharoon Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
well i planed to release it ASAP i will send notification to you Thanks!
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:iconfaisalharoon:
Faisalharoon Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just Awesome i will bring it to reality thanks for the idea
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Jooshuaa Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
I actually think this would look absolutely brilliant if it could be brought to life!
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:iconzainadeel:
zainadeel Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thank u :)
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:iconrhcool:
rhcool Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you try and mock up what the main screen of an OS designed by all three together Microsoft, Apple and Google. Basically am saying with the new Design languages of all three combined, what will an interface look like. I would've done it if I had the chops to do it, or asked someone else if I trusted someone else to be able to be put it together as well as you :D
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:iconzainadeel:
zainadeel Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I might do it.. if I get the time for it :P nice idea
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:iconrhcool:
rhcool Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm waiting excitedly :excited:
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:iconnoface10:
Noface10 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
I know how to do this, if you can message me I can help u out
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jayblok99 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
awesome
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:iconairkin:
Airkin Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Photographer
When I saw this, I thought, "This is what metro should become!" I really love this. Thank you so much for inspiration and ideas!
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xdeadxghostx Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
This looks incredible! It may be possible to make this a start screen theme though!

1. Stardock makes a program to use custom pictures for start screen backgrounds
2. There may be a way to release icon packs for start screen shortcuts
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zainadeel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thank u :)
I don't plan on doing these as icons. But if I change my mind, thanks for the idea
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xdeadxghostx Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
No problem, but I did find a program, it is called Oblytile I believe, and if you were to make these icons 256x256 and less than 200kb. Good job though!
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zainadeel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
it doesn't let us change native app icons or other marketplace app icons
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xdeadxghostx Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Filmographer
Aw
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nerdcoreplugin Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
This is nothing short of AMAZING! The Windows team should snatch you up.
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:iconzainadeel:
zainadeel Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thank u so much :)
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:iconlenour:
Lenour Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Perfect!
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denysy Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
sharing psd file would have been gr8!!
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denysy Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
sharing psd file would have been wow!
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Retep1994 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks good but i also like metro. I seem to notice simplicity when it comes to interface and logos, which isn't always the most attractive nor most ugly, doesn't age badly.

But i like this and hope the metro start page is able to be customisable by background at maybe a few other things.
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Retep1994 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how you dont over simplify some icons though, their background looks more interesting than a plain colour.
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x-Aurous-x Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
hi can we get a psd or a tutorial on how to make these?
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:iconsato112:
sato112 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student Interface Designer
This would honestly look gorges in a tablet. Bigger icons maybe for touch purposes but damn girl. This is just damn good.
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zaktech90 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
so you live in lahore? i'm from karachi :)
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hamza62240 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm from Rawalpindi :D
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zaktech90 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
can you give me wallpaper link?
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:iconzainadeel:
zainadeel Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
its not a wallpaper.. just some random gradients ive thrown behind.
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zaktech90 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
is this for windows 8 or ? how can i use this on windows 7
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:iconzainadeel:
zainadeel Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
it is just a concept for now.
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:iconnhking:
nhking Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Beautiful :D Reminds me more of xbox than win8, hopefully we see something like this in windows9 or as a theme available after release
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nhking Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Beautiful... thats all that there is that can describe this, Windows 9?
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:iconzainadeel:
zainadeel Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thank u :)
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ExtremeGTX Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Used as My Wallpaper Now
Really Greate Work !
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AgentAmine Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
just one word : EPIC! :clap:
is Microsoft blind ?? why you are not working there ??
you are really full of inspiration bro :] keep-up the good work :winner:
Greetings from Tunisia..[link]
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zainadeel Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thank u so much :)
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