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  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Creating a Reusable Glossy Button in Blend

    Creating a button is the “Hello World” example of learning Blend. In this tutorial, I’ll show to how to create a reusable glossy button with Expression Blend 3. The concepts I’ll be covering are: using gradient brush to create glossy effect turning graphics into a control editing a button control template...
  • Blog Post: TechDays’ Session: Expression Blend for Developers

    In just less than a week, TechDays will kick off in Vancouver. There are tons of activities happening around TechDays next week, and I’ll be doing a presentation on Expression Blend for Developers. I really enjoy demoing Expression Blend to developers because it brings design into development and engages...
  • Blog Post: Two Interesting Upcoming Presentations This Month

    The new season for user group activities are starting this month. Here are two presentations that you may be interested. Four Perspectives on Delivering "Return on Experience" at Metro Toronto .NET User Group Time: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET) Location: Manulife...
  • Blog Post: Download the Expression 3 Starter Kits

    Getting started with Expression Studio 3? Here are 4 great learning kits to help you get things started. Introduction to Prototyping with Sketchflow in Expression Blend 3 : Assets, Guide and Video Package Discover Sketchflow, a new feature set in Expression Blend 3 that helps you define the concept for...
  • Blog Post: Plenty of Color Resource for Expression

    Thinking about a color palette for your new website or application project? I’ve been using the site Colourlovers.com to get color inspirations. It’s a virtual color library where you can find thousands of color palettes, articles on color design, and follow color trends from magazine and websites. What...
  • Blog Post: It’s a big day for RIA!

    Today is a landmark launch day for anyone building Rich Internet Applications (also known as RIAs), particularly those that build compelling web-enabled experiences on the Microsoft platform. We launched 2 new product versions today and it’s something all of us at Microsoft are very excited about: ...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 3 at the Movies

    Our friends at ObjectSharp are putting on an exciting show at the Paramount Theatre this Thursday, July 9. It’s titled “Silverlight on the Silver Screen.” If you want to know more about Silverlight 3, Expression Blend 3, and Windows 7 Touch Technology, it’s a show you don’t want to miss. Check out the...
  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Blend 3: Rich Interactivity with No Code

    The idea of creating rich interactivity without code should sound very appearing to designers, because we want to turn static UI into interactive prototypes and test out our design ideas quickly. In Blend 3, “Behaviors” are packaged, re-usable building blocks of interactivity. They can be visually applied...
  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Blend 3: Visual Data Binding

    As your project evolves from simple sketches to prototypes, you may want to add some real interactivity to it. There are two useful tools in Blend make this really easy: Sample Data and Behaviors. This tutorial will focus on Sample Data and how designers can bind data visually in Blend. The next tutorial...
  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Blend 3: SketchFlow Part II

    Bill Buxton talks about the difference between “Sketch” and “Prototype” in this his Sketching User Experiences . (see the summary below) I agree sketching is an important part of the design process, but often times it’s hard to share our paper and pen sketches and get feedback from others. Following...
  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Blend 3: SketchFlow Part I

    Two years and an half ago, when I first joined Microsoft, we were getting ready to release Expression Studio 1. Expression Blend is a key product in the studio and works closely with Visual Studio. It was a great first step to support designers with visual tools to help them build rich interactive web...
  • Blog Post: SketchFlow and Blend 3 Presentation at Waterloo

      So, you have a great design idea… How do you turn your conceptual design ideas into rich prototypes ready for production? How do you share your design ideas with others effectively at each stage? Come and join me next Thursday at University of Waterloo Accelerator Center to learn about the answers...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3 Betas Now Available!

    Silverlight 3 Beta Today at the MIX ‘09 conference , we rolled out the beta for Silverlight 3 , the next iteration of our rich internet application platform. Version 3 adds a lot of new features including: Out of Browser Capabilities. Silverlight 3 applications aren’t just confined to the browser. Users...
  • Blog Post: Blend 2 December Preview and Blend SP1 are Available!

    With the recent release of Visual Studio 2008 , the December Preview of Expression Blend 2 is available now to better integrate with VS2008 and support designers and developers working together. Also, just last week, the Expression Blend team released Blend (i.e. Blend 1) Service Pack 1 to enhance its...
  • 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: Create a Resource Viewer Using Expression Blend

    In an earlier post , I aggregated a list of WPF and Expression resource. The list is in plain test with hyperlinks. What I would like is to have a visual way to represent the links and resource categories. More importantly, I want to view links in relation to other links instead of opening an isolated...
  • 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...
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