Take a look at the design principles behind Visual Studio 2013

In Visual Studio 2013, we are continuing to remain true to the Microsoft design principles that helped shape Visual Studio 2012 while making refinements and improvements based on feedback.

“We have made broad but incremental changes, some of them subtle. Our overall aim is to have VS 2013 feel familiar to VS 2012 users, but better,” writes Eric Zocher, director of design in the Developer Division in a post on The Visual Studio Blog.

The changes come in four main areas:

· Theme chooser and connected IDE – In Visual Studio 2013, you will be able to choose your preferred color theme when you first launch.

· Color theme enhancements – In Visual Studio 2013 the themes have been revised to address user feedback by increasing contrast in the color palette and with the introduction of more border line work highlighting the edges of content areas.

· Icon colors – The additions to the color system in Visual Studio 2013 are primarily to the icons that include folders and to icons for save-related operations.

· Icon redesigns – Feedback about the icons with rectangular shapes was they were too heavy, causing them to be hard to distinguish from one another. We have addressed this with a systematic redesign of the common square/rectangular icons.

For the rest of this story, head on over to The Visual Studio Blog.

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Jeff Meisner
Microsoft News Center Staff