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  • Blog Post: Wait, that’s a Windows Phone?!?

    Yesterday was a pretty big day for Microsoft and one that I had been anticipating for a long while. At the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, we finally unveiled to the world what our next generation of Windows Phones will look and act like – we introduced the Windows Phone 7 Series mobile operating...
  • Blog Post: UX Research in Plain English

    Picture taken from A List Apart I came across a great article last week on A List Apart about explaining UX Research in plain English. For UX professionals, we are so used to speak terms like “Contextual Inquiry,” “Task Analysis,” “Paper Prototyping,” etc. They are terminologies that are not intuitive...
  • Blog Post: Windows UX Interaction Guidelines

    Windows 7 has been getting very positive feedback for its improved user experience. Many of our partners are eager to build applications on this new windows platform. In order to establish a high quality and consistency basedline for Windows-based applications, answer your UX design questions, and make...
  • 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: Beautiful Designs with Usage in Mind

    Don Norman’s book “ Design of Everyday Things ” taught me the importance of usability, and his book on “ Emotional Design ” taught me the critical role that aesthetics play in overall user experience. When I see designs that beautifully unite both usability and aesthetics, I smile and want to share with...
  • Blog Post: Design Student of the Month – Jin Fan

    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: Design Principles at Microsoft

    Functioning Form is one of my favorite design blogs, last Friday author Luke Wroblewski summarized Design Principles from three Microsoft products : Windows 7, Office 2007, and Surface, which I reposted below. I’ve also included the MIX sessions that talk about the design thinking behind each of these...
  • Blog Post: Quince: Explore UX Patterns in Silverlight

    Infragistics , one of the top UI controls vendors, has recently launched Quince – a UX Patterns Explorer in Silverlight. You can explore various UX Patterns by User Tasks, Tag Relations, and Wireframe (i.e. arranged by their UI positions). Of course you can also search for a UX Pattern. Once you find...
  • Blog Post: Bringing UX to Developers - .NET Users Group Presentation

    I had the opportunity to present at the Metro Toronto .NET User Group last Wednesday. Even it was the first snow of the winter in GTA, but there were still more than 40 people showed up to listen to my talk on "Building for People: 5 Practical Tips for Creating Great User Experience." I was...
  • 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: [Podcast] Microsoft Designer: Cinthya Urasaki

    There are about 500 designers 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. Therefore, I used my spared...
  • 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: UX Improvements in IE8 Beta 2

    Scenario1: when you browse the web for some foreign food, you come across words you don't know. You want to find out what do they mean quickly in your own language. Scenario 2: you'd like to keep up with your friends status on Facebook. Instead of going to Facebook homepage and logging in, is there a...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] Microsoft Designer: Jeffrey Dunn

    There are about 500 designers 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. Therefore, I used my spared...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise 2.0 – Midori + SharePoint

    My good friends Gene , Jess and team at nForm have finally demonstrated their awesome new project management applicaiton Midori . Midori is built on top of Sharepoint. And uses a completely custom layout engine. Part of Midori is an engine that gives us complete control over SharePoint's interface and...
  • Blog Post: Playing with Surface Demos

    During MIX08, I had the chance to experience a variety of surface demo applications and record them. In the video gallery below, you can see 5 different surface usage scenarios: viewing photos, dining, concierge, painting, and water simulation. Photo viewing demo is great to show the collaboration aspect...
  • Blog Post: UPA 2007 Salary Survey Results

    February this year, UPA (Usability Professionals Association) release their 2007 salary survey results . For some of you who are not familiar with UPA: The Usability Professionals’ Association supports usability specialists, people from all aspects of human-centered design, and the broad family...
  • 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: What does it take be a UX designer?

    I went to the season kick-off of Waterloo User Experience Group meeting last night. The session is called "UX ChitChat" - cute! One topic we chitchatted was what takes someone to be a UX designer? This is a popular question and have been asked by people not only try to get into the field but also asked...
  • 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: Web 2.0 Innovation Briefings - Slides and Webcast

    A while back , I posted the slides from the Web 2.0 Innovation Briefing we presented in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. You can find the slides here . Also, I presented a shorter, webcasted version of the Briefing last week. The recording of this briefing can be found here . The webcast...
  • Blog Post: Web 2.0 Innovations Briefings - Content Available!

    As promised in the Vancouver stop of the Web 2.0 Innovations Briefings we are doing across the country, we have (finally!) provided a link to the slide content. You can find the material here: http://www.canitpro.ca/canux/slides/RIABriefing.ppt I want to thank everyone who has attended these briefings...
  • 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: Experience Matters!

    In addition to the very exciting announcements that were made in this morning's keynote were some thoughts from Ray Ozzie around User Experience. It is interesting that there is such a focus on user experience now that the technology is capable of supporting rich experiences on the desktop and the web...
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