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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: [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: [Mini-Tutorial] Creating a Silverlight Video Gallery

    As I promised in one of my  earlier posts to do a tutorial on how to create a Silverlight Video Gallery, here is the mini-tutorial (about 10 mins). It has two parts: Use Expression Encoder 2 to create a standard Silverlight video gallery Customize your video gallery in Expression Blend and save...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 "How-Do-I" Videos

    Following my post on Silverlight 2 resource , here's a list of Silverlight 2 "How-Do-I" videos that have been added to Silverlight.net . 1: Using the Silverlight 2 Canvas     (35 minutes, 42 seconds) 2: Using Silverlight 2 Grids and Stack Panels    (19 minutes, 50 seconds...
  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Share Your Presentation in Deep Zoom

    Over the past several months, I went to many colleges and universities to talk about user experience related topics from Microsoft. After each presentation, students asked me to share my presentation online. I've been using Skydrive to share my large files such as ppt, audio, and video files with the...
  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Create Your Own Video Play Experience

    In my last mini-tutorial , I showed you how to publish Silverlight video experience to Silverlight streaming using Expression Encoder. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create your own video player template and reuse it on your blogs or websites. The process is very straight forward and you can...
  • 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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