Hi, I'm James.

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About Me.

I'm James Chittenden.

 

I've been on both sides of the fence working in both the design and development community as an interaction designer...so I've done design for a while now. I work for Microsoft focusing mostly on government customers - talking about why UX Matters along with the cool stuff we're coming out in UX technologies. Prior to joining Microsoft, I worked with several Dallas-based design agencies as well as consulting firms such as Accenture, focusing on delivering rich interactive systems across a wide variety of industries. I also have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Dallas as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Colorado Tech.


I set up camp in Colorado, although I've lived in Texas for most of his life. The reason I stay here is mostly for the snowboarding and mountain biking.....oh, and learning 4 wheel drive is a bit more important when you live a mile above sea level.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

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    New Blog. New James.

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    As of today, I've launched a new blog at http://www.okayjames.com ….if you’re following me, follow there for the latest in UX stuff in public sector. See you there… J
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    FOLLOW UP: Developer Dinner on Expression Web and Designing with Standards

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    Thanks to everyone who attended last night!  You can find the deck and demo code here: Here’s the essential links I gave towards the end of the talk: - Download Expression Web trial at: http://expression.microsoft.com - ASP.NET Design Starter Templates...
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    Developer Dinner Tomorrow

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    Hey Guys,   I’ve definitely been heads down with a couple projects and with MIX, so sorry for the late notice…   Tomorrow I’ll be speaking at our monthly Developer Dinner at the Reston office, covering the latest in Expression Web. A detailed...
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    FOLLOW UP: Designer Dinner on Silverlight Animation

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    Hey Everyone, Thanks for all that stuck out the bad weather and were able to make the dinner last night! I received lots of great feedback from last night’s content and we will definitely continue to collaborate our developer and designer focused...
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    Expression Blend 2 Holiday Promotion

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    Hey guys, here’s a post written by Renee Yong, Marketing Manager for Expression. If you’re in the market for Expression Blend, you can definitely take advantage of this promo… James For a limited time, customers in the United States can shop the Microsoft...
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    Designer Dinner – Animation 101

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    Continuing to build off of Marc Schweigert’s developer dinner session , we’ll explore how to take the next steps in making your UI effective. Don’t miss our next Designer Dinner in Reston on 1.27.2009 @ 6:00pm . The dinner is free and registration...
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    Azure? What’s That?

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    Technorati Tags: Azure , Software Plus Services Not sure what this Azure platform is all about? Why should I care as a design firm? Check out this webcast on Wednesday to see if the Azure Services Platform can help your agency deliver services without...
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    Designer Dinner – Expression Blend 2 Deep Dive

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    For those looking to brush up on their Designer Skills using our latest UX toolset, don’t miss our next Designer Dinner in Reston on 12.17.2008 @ 6:00pm. The dinner is free, and you’ll get some free pizza while you’re at it. Register HERE , as space...
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    Back from the dead

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    So I’ve been heads down in my new role as a User Experience Evangelist for the last couple months and I’m officially back in the blogosphere as of today. I’m excited to finally exclusively focus on User Experience (UX) within Public Sector, and I’ve got...
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    SDLC-in-a-Box Version 2.0 Released!

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    We are pleased to announce the release of SDLC-in-a-Box version 2.0! With more than 75 partners in over 10 countries already signed up, we are excited about partners being more prepared than ever to deliver Visual Studio Team System deep-dive and implementation...
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    SDLC-in-a-Box 2.0 - VSTS Partner Integration

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    Our team has been heavily working on SDLC-in-a-Box version 2.0, and the latest progress of the next release can be read at www.sdlcinabox.com . The most compelling new features of this next release is the improved partner integration story. One of the...
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    SDLC-in-a-Box for Team System Now Available!

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    David Baliles and I have developed SDLC-in-a-Box - a program geared towards helping customers get up to speed with Visual Studio Team System. This is a free training program that can be delivered by Microsoft partners demonstrating the ENTIRE software...
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