Are there official names for the overall UI design styles of some common layouts? The one I have in mind specifically is the minimal style of the windows 8 desktop. Are there any good resources for finding out official style names.
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Windows 8 uses "Metro" style apps, which are now being called "Modern UI Style" apps. Also, "Metro design language," "Microsoft design language," (used in MSDN docs) and simply "Windows 8" have apparently also been used because of various legal issues.
Windows Vista/7 use varying versions of "Aero" (or "Aero Glass") which includes the translucent title bars/window elements.
Windows XP introduced the "Luna" theme/style, which has the blue/green/silver colors as sub-styles.
"Windows Classic" is similarly a theme, as well as "Royale/Energy Blue" which is generally associated with Media Center, but available elsewhere.
Mac OS X uses "Aqua", which contains both Cocoa and Carbon element styles. Previous Mac versions used "Platinum". "Aqua" has changed since 2000, but I believe it is stil all called "Aqua".
However, all of these are simply themes - which both change colors and looks, but also the size and placement of buttons. That's not really a UI design style - it simply changes how the elements are displayed, not the design philosophy of the actual UI. For Windows, "Metro" is possibly an exception to this - it focus more on text based navigation, etc. with less chrome and other fancy UI elements, so I would consider it to be a design style.