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The VS2012 user interface changed drastically from previous versions. Changes include THE ALL CAPS MENU ITEMS, borderless windows, and colourless icons. Who was the lead designer on the project?

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a specific product and more of a rant than anything –  Mervin Johnsingh Aug 27 '13 at 13:23
Where is the rank @Mervin? I'm asking a direct question, and I highlighted a few of the most prominent changes in the design. I have not, AFAIK, indicated my opinion on those changes. –  Bernhard Hofmann Aug 27 '13 at 13:31
Closely related: ux.stackexchange.com/questions/21101/… –  Andrew Leach Aug 27 '13 at 13:33
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Google tells me that Monty Hammontree is Director of User Experience for Visual Studio and Microsoft's developer tools division.

He wrote a blog post explaining some of the UX changes in Visual Studio last year.

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Thanks Matt; I had the devil's own job trying to find that information. +1 added for the link to the explanation. :) –  Bernhard Hofmann Aug 28 '13 at 8:24
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To answer the question of Lead Designer, I guess one have to work very close to the team who created the product. More important is that this design is part of the total redesign of all Microsoft products, not just Visual Studio.

The Microsoft design language, also known as Metro, is how every product released from Microsoft looks like today.

Metro (officially known as Microsoft design language) is the commonly used name and former codename of a typography-based design language by Microsoft, originally for use in Windows Phone. A key design principle of Metro is better focus on the content of applications, relying more on typography and less on graphics ("content before chrome"). Early uses of the Metro principles began as early as Microsoft Encarta 95 and MSN 2.0, and later evolved into Windows Media Center and Zune. Later the principles of Metro were included in Windows Phone, Microsoft.com, the Xbox 360 dashboard update, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.

If you want to know more on Microsoft Design, turn your browser to http://www.microsoft.com/design/

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