One of the most innovative aspects of Windows Phone is the Start screen and the fact that you can easily create your own, unique Start screen. If you look on smartphones with Android and iOS, they tend to look very similar and most users don't even bother to customize the way shortcuts and widgets are displayed. In Windows Phone, if you spend a bit of time to customize the Start screen, you can create some amazing designs that really stand out. To inspire you to create your own designs, we have published this collection of 8 designs. Check it out and share your own designs in the comments.
Start Screen Designs for Windows Phones with Smaller Resolutions
Windows Phones with smaller resolutions can display only four tiles on a row and the designs you can create are rather limited and definitely less detailed in comparison with smartphones with higher resolutions.
Here are the designs we have created on a Nokia Lumia 525:
- Do you want to create a Start screen design that resembles the first letter in your name? You can surely pull this off.
- What about drawing numbers on your Start screen?
- This Start screen is made to look like a simple robot.
These are just some basic ideas to get you started.
Start Screen Designs for Windows Phones with HD Displays
For the next round of designs, we have used the Nokia Lumia 1320 we have reviewed recently. This Windows Phone displays six tiles on a row and you can get really creative on it. Here are some designs we have created:
- Here is a much better looking robot.
- And what do you think about this Start screen design inspired by a car?
- Next, we have created an hourglass.
- What do you think about this simple representation of a house?
- Last but not least, we have created a Start screen design that's inspired by the logo of the german rock band - Rammstein.
What designs have you created on your Windows Phone with an HD display?
The Problem You Will Face When Moving Tiles Around
The tiles on the Start screen can be arranged and rearranged however you want. You can change their size and also move them across the screen. While experimenting with several layouts and designs, we have learned that there is a downside to the way Windows Phone arranges your tiles: when moving tiles around, Windows Phone tends to automatically push your tiles upwards and align them. As a result, you cannot leave too much empty space between tiles, or they get rearranged automatically by the operating system. This can make your designs harder to create at first. However, after a bit of experimentation, you will get the hang of it.
I hope that this article has inspired you to create your own Start screen designs. Don't hesitate to experiment, draw and share your screenshots with us, using the comments form below. If you receive some enough designs from you, we will also create a gallery, showing them off to others. Obviously, you will be credited for your designs.
Also, before you go, you should keep in mind that the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update allows for more tiles to be displayed in a row, even on smartphones with lower resolutions. This should make things more fun and users should be able to create even more unique Start screens.