UX Design Win 8 Apps, Part 2 of 3: Building UI in Blend

UX Design Win 8 Apps, Part 2 of 3: Building UI in Blend

LearnNow Online
Updated Aug 23, 2018

Course description

This course will show how to use Expression Blend to build the user interface for Windows 8 applications. The course will show how to be graphic and designed focused, including what the design elements of Windows 8 applications are. Next the course will cover how to use animation tools, motion tools, and the visual state manipulation. Then the course will cover using HTML 5 and XAML to create a user interface and then see the tight integration with Visual Studio 2012. Then you will work directly with Blend 5 to see the attached properties for layout and events. Working with styles and design assets in the Blend environment will be shown.

Each LearnNowOnline training course is made up of Modules (typically an hour in length). Within each module there are Topics (typically 15-30 minutes each) and Subtopics (typically 2-5 minutes each). There is a Post Exam for each Module that must be passed with a score of 70% or higher to successfully and fully complete the course.


This course assumes that students have some programming experience and a background in building user interfaces on the Microsoft platform.

Meet the expert

David Kelley

David Kelley is a Silverlight MVP with over 10 years of experience building Targeted Customer eXperiences. He is currently the Principal User eXperience Architect for [wire] stone specializing in touch experiences such as digital price tags and Silverlight-based kiosks for retail. David publishes a blog called Hacking Silverlight and helps to run the Seattle Silverlight User Group and Interact Seattle, Seattle's Designer Developer Interaction Group.

Video Runtime

71 Minutes

Time to complete

126 Minutes

Course Outline

Blend 5

Building UI In Blend (36:52)

  • Introduction (00:29)
  • Understanding Expression Blend (02:07)
  • Design Tools for Windows 8 (05:07)
  • Project Folders (03:30)
  • Grid App Projects (03:28)
  • Split App Projects (01:31)
  • Working with Live Tiles (02:39)
  • Live Tile Badges (01:06)
  • Live Tiles things to remember (00:45)
  • Best Practices for Tiles (01:55)
  • Splash Screens (02:41)
  • Splash Screen Scale Factor (01:35)
  • Demo: Splash Screens (05:19)
  • Demo: Splash Screens in Blend (04:22)
  • Summary (00:11)

Blend 5 Primer (16:49)

  • Introduction (00:32)
  • Expression Blend 5 Primer (01:28)
  • Attached Properties (03:03)
  • Layout in XAML (04:39)
  • Demo: Layouts in Blend (06:56)
  • Summary (00:10)

Blend 5 Primer part two (18:00)

  • Introduction (00:34)
  • Applying Styles (01:37)
  • Demo: Applying Styles (07:05)
  • Demo: Blend UI (08:32)
  • Summary (00:10)