Windows 8 Wireframes

Here’s a basic problem. I’m trying to design my first store application on Windows 8 and I could use some tools for creating the wireframes.

The catch is that I’ve been a Mac user for a while and I’m not sure about how an windows 8 store application should feel and act. I can count my experience with Windows 8 in hours. You’re wondering why a Mac user is developing an Windows 8 app and tries to create the wireframes on Mac OS? I’m asking myself the same question.

To my defence, I’ve been impressed with what OmniGraffle can do and I wanted to use it for the wireframes. I found a great stencil for windows 8.

I am aware of the benefits of designing an Windows store app directly on Windows, but I haven’t found any worthy alternative for OmniGraffle on Windows. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment.

As for the “feel and act” part of the problem, the Design guidance for Windows Store apps from MSDN was a good starting point for me.

Happy wireframing!



  1. Laurence Veale (@laurenceveale)

    Glad you found the stencils useful. I put them together for the very same purpose, Mac users designing for Windows. My take is that wireframing or even drawing is a good place to plan or organise your app, but as you get closer to the interaction you’re better off using Blend (part of the Visual Studio suite). The learning curve is not that steep and you get a great feel how the app will actually behave.

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