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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: Visual Design for the Windows 7 Default Background

    Ever wonder how we came up with the visual design for Windows 7 login and default background screens? My first impressions of seeing the visuals are energetic, fun, and different from previous Windows. Since then, I’ve been wanting to hear the design story behind the creation. Luckily, on the latest...
  • Blog Post: Experience Office 2010 Beta

    At PDC ’s keynote yesterday, the general availability of Office 2010 Beta was announced. Everyone can try out this Beta for free. This is a comprehensive Beta set which not only includes Office the software but also Office Web Apps and Office Mobile. Even the companion Office website had a brand new...
  • 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: Good Design Enables, Bad Design Disables

    This is a post for busy designers and developers who would like to get an overview of Accessibility design and some quick tips. Last month, two of my colleagues and I conducted an accessibility workshop to developers and designers who work on Canadian government sites. I presented on Designing for Accessibility...
  • 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: 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: New Design for MSDN Newsletter

    Yesterday we sent out our newly designed MSDN Developer Newsletter. Many of you have already sent your feedback on the new design. Thank you! As you probably noticed, the newsletter is in Beta format now, so we’ll review all your feedback and continue improving the newsletter design and content. This...
  • Blog Post: Return on Experience – learning from 3 Keynotes

    I watched three inspiring keynotes this week: two from MIX and Robert Fabricant's Interations’09 keynote . Our guest blogger Robert Burke did a very good job of highlight the MIX keynotes, I want to capture the key things I learned from these keynotes to share with you. Both Deborah Adler and Robert...
  • 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: A Developer's View on a Design Conference

    Last weekend during Interaction'09 conference , I noticed there were quite a few developers in the heavily concentrated interaction designers conference. I was curious to find out what were their experience at the conference and why they chose this conference. Is it like a designer attending a developer...
  • Blog Post: [Guest Blogger] Product Potluck from Waterloo UX Group

    Apparently, I missed an exciting Product Potluck while I was away in China. Last month the Waterloo User Experience Group had a meeting where people brought in an everyday product to discuss their design issues with the group. It was such an interesting concept for a user group meeting that I had to...
  • Blog Post: Drawing Ideas Workshop at Interaction’09

    After a week vacation in China, I’m back in Vancouver this week and just in time for IxDA’s Interaction’09 conference. I’ve been looking forward to this conference for a while, especially to the workshop I signed up called “ Drawing Ideas ” by Mark Baskinger and William Bardel . The reason I want to...
  • Blog Post: Interaction Designer's Elevator Pitch

    There's a very interesting discussion thread going on at IxDA forum, called "Interaction Designers: What is your elevator pitch?" I consider myself an Interaction or UX Designer who is evangelize UX to the designer and developer community. Although UX Design is a broader term than Interaction...
  • 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] 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: [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: 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: IxDA Interation|09 in Vancouver

    One of my favourite discussion list is IxDA . It's a great place for interaction designers to ask design questions, share best practices, and virtually network with each other. Some members have met each other at various ID and web conferences, but this year IxDA had its very first conference in Savannah...
  • Blog Post: Green Tagging - Sustainability for Small Business Owners

    Back in April, I had the opportunity to judge an in-class user interface design competition at UofT. The projects presented at the competition all based on this year's Imagine Cup theme: imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment. It was very interesting to see the various software...
  • Blog Post: Office Labs is Live!

    Similar to Live Labs , Office Labs is another home for prototypes and proofs-of-concept with focus on productivity, which will allow community to test drive our new ideas and provide feedback. From their own words: "We're a group of designers and developers that collect ideas from all over Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Interior Design Show 2008

    Yesterday I went to check out the Interior Design Show 2008 . It's exciting to see the various trends and creative designs for everyday products. Because of my HCI background, I kept search for the great designs that are attractive and usable. I think in interior design context, "Usable Products" means...
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