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  • Blog Post: Have you heard of Expression Web?

      Are you a website designer or developer either as a profession or even as a hobby?  If you are, then you may want to attend a free webcast coming up on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 2PM ET (11AM PT) where we overview the features of Expression Web 3, Microsoft’s latest website design tool....
  • Blog Post: A New Look for MSDN

    With the announcement of Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 availability couple of weeks ago, you probably notice the different look on MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network). Although the site’s main audience has been developers, recently I’ve found more designers are visiting the site to get knowledge on Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Explore Design is Back! – Part II

    In Part I of the Explore Design post, I introduced the student lounge we are presenting this year. In this post, I’ll introduce you the presentations from Microsoft and our partners to watch out at the conference. It’s less than two weeks away! Two Keynotes Oct. 14 @ 11:00am: Experience Design by Sara...
  • Blog Post: Get Your TechDays E-Badge!

    The TechDays09 sessions have been announced and it’s only a little over a month till the first city Vancouver. We see many folks are coming back to this year’s conference and bringing their friends and colleagues. To help you spread the word about TechDays and let people know which track you are attending...
  • Blog Post: Design Student of the Month - Diana Isaza Shelton

    There are a lot of creative students in Canada who are doing innovative work to improve people's life through interactive, visual, informational, and other aspects of User Experience Design. I invited them to introduce who they are and share their work with you. To nominate a Design Student of the Month...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: MIX09 Inspirations: Back to the Drawing Board

    From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: MIX09 Day 2: “Return on Experience”

    From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year. By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: MIX09 Day 1: The “Software” in “Software + Services”

    From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] Interview with Lisa Anderson

    Hope you enjoyed my podcast with Jensen. During Explore Design, I also had a chance to sit down and chat with another Microsoft design leader, Lisa Anderson. Lisa has worked in several large companies as their UX director and very passionate about designer's career in technology companies. It's great...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] Interview with Jensen Harris

    During Explore Design, I had a chance to sit down with Jensen and ask my specific questions face-to-face. Jensen joined Microsoft right out of college and has been with Office team for 10 years now. It's very interesting to get his perspective on Office UI design and Microsoft design culture in general...
  • Blog Post: Explore Design Presented by Microsoft

    Check out the deep zoom photo collage application on the home page. Explore Design is less than a week! Last year I went to the conference as an attendee and had a blast. It was great to talk to high school students who were interested in Design and connecting with design professors from colleges and...
  • Blog Post: Canadian Design Story: DiscoverIT.org

    Earlier this summer, a brand new design for DiscoverIT launched! A great Canadian design story is waiting to be told... Story background DiscoverIT.org is a site aimed at high-school students to help them discover career options in IT. It was first created by the Information & Communications Technology...
  • Blog Post: DesignCamp Waterloo Makes Great Impact

    I really enjoyed the speech given by University of Waterloo Dean's Arts, Ken Coates, at last DesignCamp Waterloo back in March. It took me a while to get the video clip for speech, but it's a great one to share. He only spoke for 10 mins. However, it was short and powerful. First he highlighted the impact...
  • Blog Post: Design Story: Managing Human Capital for Large Organization

    After joining Microsoft for almost a year and an half now, I'm still finding my way through the company organizational structure. Whenever I met a new person at Microsoft, I'd like to see the organizational tree they belong to and how their orgs relate to mine. A good visualization tool is definitely...
  • Blog Post: Where do you get your inspiration?

    Lately I ran into different blogs and articles that talk about inspiration. So, where do you get your inspiration? Here are some tools and resource for inspiration. Inspired by Mood Moodstream: Getty’s Streaming Inspiration “The site cycles through photos, videos and music using their huge...
  • Blog Post: Zune is here in Canada!

    Today is very exiting for the Zune team here in Canada. The new family of Zune products (4GB, 8GB, and 80GB) are available in Canada, in stores like Future Shop, Wal-Mart, HMV, Best Buy, and The Source by Circuit City. Zune has everything you expect in a digital media player plus FM radio, wireless sync...
  • Blog Post: Logo Designs from EnergizeIT Demo Competition

    EnergizeIT was a lot of fun and especially got the crowd energized during the demo competition after the keynote in the morning. I had the opportunity to design logos for all three demo competition teams in Expression Design 2 . I've never had any graphics design training, but playing with the design...
  • Blog Post: Bill Buxton: Designing User Experience

    Recently Bill Buxton sat down with Charles Torre from Channel 9 talking about Designing User Experience . It's an fascinating interview on design thinking and how design, technology and business interlink together focusing on end users. Bill Buxton joined Microsoft Research as a Principle Researcher...
  • Blog Post: Canadians win design awards

    Cross posted at http://davidcrow.ca/article/1644/canadians-win-design-awards A Toronto-based designer placed 3rd in a Microsoft sponsored design competition. Kenneth W.K. Wu, creative director for Dymaxium , won third place out of 349 submissions for his Zeed+ for the Future . “The overall...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Resources

    Cross posted at http://davidcrow.ca/article/1637/silverlight-resources I’m about to start building my first Silverlight project. Qixing and I have started compiling a list of publicly available Silverlight materials. I have a couple of hurdles get over in building this application. I find the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Design of Future Things

    That's right - it's me and Don Norman in the picture! I can't describe how excited I was to have a picture taken with the man who influenced the field of HCI so much. He changed the way we think about the design of everyday things . I remember after reading the example of poorly designed doors that trap...
  • Blog Post: Free Training on Expression Blend and Expression Design on Lynda.com

    Expression Studio is a very valuable asset in the toolkits of designers and developers for building Rich Interactive Applications. Along with the richness and flexibility they provide in creating compelling visual solutions, they are, like all tools of this calibre, complex by nature. To alleviate some...
  • Blog Post: User Experience summed up

    Mark Relph , our team lead, found this nugget of wisdom on Hugh MacLeod's blog . I agree with him - it sums up our mission and why User Experience and Experience First applications are so very important! I'm actually in the middle of a speaking tour across the country on Rich Interactive Applications...
  • Blog Post: From Expression Design to Blend: a life of a WPF button

    People are interested in learning about how they can use Expression Design and Blend together to create attractive UI components such as a great looking button. MIX University provides an excellent lab on the subject. I've included my own notes from the lab below that summerize the major steps involved...
  • Blog Post: Aggregating Design News

    I just found out this great website called " Design-Feed.net ." It makes designers happier by aggregating design news into one place. Won't you just love it? Here's the official description: Design-Feed is a design feed aggregator. We hand-pick the most interesting design related RSS feeds and present...
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