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  • Blog Post: Ready to Ignite Your Career?

    Along with TechDays starting in September, the popular Ignite Your Career Webcast series also returns next month. As a professional working in IT, it’s so easy to get caught up in your day-to-day work that you find little time to grow your professional skills, learn about industry trends, and think about...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] Microsoft Designer: Aaron Woo from Windows Mobile Team

    There are about 750 UX designers and researchers working at Microsoft. People in the UX community are often very surprised to hear about it. I think part of it is we haven't given our designers enough opportunities to talk about what they do and what's it like to work as designers at Microsoft. During...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] Microsoft Designer: Surya Vanka

    There are about 750 UX designers and researchers working at Microsoft. People in the UX community are often very surprised to hear about it. I think part of it is we haven't given our designers enough opportunities to talk about what they do and what's it like to work as designers at Microsoft. During...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] Microsoft Designer: Allison Gallant from XDR

    There are about 750 UX designers and researchers working at Microsoft. People in the UX community are often very surprised to hear about it. I think part of it is we haven't given our designers enough opportunities to talk about what they do and what's it like to work as designers at Microsoft. During...
  • Blog Post: Mini-Demo: Windows 7 Desktop

    As we are wrapping up all our EnergizeIT events this week, I thought to record my demo on Windows 7 Desktop for those of you who couldn’t make the event and would like to take a look. In the 20 mins demo below, I showed the things I like about Win7 from a everyday user perspective. Personalization: desktop...
  • Blog Post: WIT Webcast Summary and Answers to Your Questions

    Yesterday we successfully conducted the Women in IT Panel Discussion webcast, which is a new addition to the Ignite Your Career webcast series this year. Thanks for everyone’s participation in the webcast! It was great conversation, and all the panelists and I had a lot of fun being part of it. We had...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] Interview with Kim Lenox

    Interaction’09 is a conference of about 400 people. An intimate conference for a close design community of interaction designers means you got to meet many people at the conference. Even better, you got one-on-one time with pioneers in the field. I had the opportunity to interview Kim Lenox at the conference...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] Microsoft Designer: Lada Gorlenko

    There are about 750 UX designers and researchers working at Microsoft. People in the UX community are often very surprised to hear about it. I think part of it is we haven't given our designers enough opportunities to talk about what they do and what's it like to work as designers at Microsoft. During...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] Imagine Cup Final Experience

    Remember Jin and Kevin from SFU? We showcased their project on CanUX earlier this year and followed their journey of winning the second place worldwide in the Design Competition for Imagine Cup 08. As Imagine Cup 09 is underway, I sat down with them over Explore Design conference find out what's it really...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] Microsoft Designer: Ruth Kikin-Gil

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  • 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: [Podcast] Microsoft Canada Development Center Visit

    Earlier this month, I had a chance to visit the brand new Microsoft Canada Development Center (MCDC). On the day of my visit, it was their second day of moving into their permanent home in Richmond at Greater Vancouver area. Everything is so new and people are exciting to get settled in the new space...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] Chat with Indi Young on Mental Models

    At WDN08 , I had a chance to sit down with Indi Young , one of the founders at Adaptive Path , to chat about Mental Models. Through her talk " Innovation is Overrated ," she first set the stage to understand innovation. Two of the characteristics of great innovations are that innovations come from crafting...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] CanUX 2007: Accessible User Experience Design

    Imagine you listen to a webpage rather than view it in order to decide how to interact with it. How different is it? How fast should the webpage be read to you by a screen reader? What's the logical order should the screen reader read the page so that it makes sense to you? If you have a minute and haven...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] CanUX 2007: The Process of Innovation

    "Everyone is creative to certain extent. There are different levels of creativity. ... An innovation process is like a roadmap." Kes Sampanthar, the creator of ThinkCube , said to me in our chat following he and his wife's presentation on innovation tools and techniques. This is one of my favorite presentations...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] CanUX 2007: The Business of Experience

    During CanUX , I had a chance to chat with Jess McMullin from nFrom about his presentation on "The Business of Experience." The 10-minute podcast below we chatted about the essence of the presentation, which is Value-Centered Design (VCD). In the conversation, Jess told me a real-life story of how critical...
  • Blog Post: Listen to Behind-the-Scenes MIX Stories

    Following my podcast with Ray talking about the MIX experience, here is a great place to get the behind-the-scenes stories on MIX. Enjoy! " The Signal is our new podcast for MIX08. Explore the upcoming PHP and JavaScript development features in the next version of Expression Web with Thomas Lewis and...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] The MIX Experience

    Hey, fellow designers! MIX08 registration has already open and MIX blings are out. I had a chance to sit down with Ray Winninger last week, who is responsible for the overall experience of MIX. We chatted about the idea behind MIX, the continuous MIX experience, what's in it for designers, and what to...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] Imagine Cup 2008: Interface Design Category

    Couple of weeks ago, I sat down with Unni Ravindranathan, who organizes Imagine Cup Interface Design Competition. He is also a program manager at Expression Blend team. I asked him about the experience of Imagine Cup , the different competing phases of the Interface Design category, the judging criteria...
  • Blog Post: A discussion on user experience in software

    In mid-June of this year, I had the privilege to participate in a great discussion on the role of user experience in software today. The discussion was a podcast for the Canadian IT Managers blog with my colleague Ruth Morton and Danny Riddell, President of San Francisco-based Metaliq . The podcast...
  • Blog Post: Posting Podcasts/Screencasts using Silverlight 1.0 RC

    Sorry, it has been a little quite on the blog. I was on vacation last week and training down in Redmond the week before. As a bonus, I've included a good UX design example from my travel last week at the end of the post. Quite a few people asked me about how to post screencasts/podcasts using Silverlight...
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