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  • Blog Post: Expression 3 available for pre-order

    My buddy Chris let me know that the Microsoft Store in the UK has the Expression 3 suite of designer products available for pre-order. Mike Ormond has a great post about Expression 3 and a cool video on the new features in Expression Web 3 If you are interested in purchasing, check out MS Store
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Expression offer in UK 40% off

    If you are a designer or developer that works with Microsoft technology (ASP.NET, Silverlight, etc) then this is a cracking offer from the guys over in the Microsoft Store – 40% off which means you can bag Expression Web (upgrade) for just under £60 for instance. Check it out – 40% off select Expression...
  • Blog Post: Are designers and developers really that different?

    I’m still figuring out this space and caught this great article over on Think Vitamin posing 10 unanswered questions from the FOWD event in New York. The interesting part of the article is reading people’s responses in the comments section (46 at time of posting). Some of my favourites: Would I be a...
  • Blog Post: Expression UK Newsletter launches - and every issue includes a free gift....

    I love working on Expression stuff, it gives me the opportunity to work with inspirational designers and developers who care about user experience and design in software. The launch of the Expression UK newsletter is to let you know about all the great stuff that can be done with Silverlight and WPF...
  • Blog Post: BMW first car company to implement Microsoft Surface

    Phizzpop winners from New York, Vector Form have worked with BMW to create this Microsoft Surface based car designer. Very nice indeed! Can’t wait to see some UK agencies and what they can achieve with WPF, Expression and Surface! (Via Engadget )
  • Blog Post: Get your designer/developer wallpaper here...

    As part of the launch of the new Expression UK Newsletter (more on that soon!) Ben from Tricky Business has created this piece to provide something extra to newsletter readers. And going forward we'll look to commission similar creations for our readers! I thought it would be good to share ahead of the...
  • Blog Post: FREE Designer event in Manchester on 3/12 - Screenedit Sessions

    I've teamed up with the chaps from Tricky Business , Splendid and my northern pal Phil Winstanley to organise an evening focused on design and what Microsoft has to offer designers and developers who care about Experience/UX/Silverlight/WPF/Expression/Cool and beautiful technology The sessions look pretty...
  • Blog Post: Remix videos online

    Remix was only a few weeks ago now, and for those that missed out on the experience we have uploaded all the sessions and recordings for the event to the Remix site.   Highlights for me: Anything by Bill Buxton! How we built the wall by AllofUs Becoming human; smiling like you mean it, and learning...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend tutorial videos on Microsoft.com

    Load of great videos on how to use Expression Blend, Design and their siblings in Expression Studio are up on the Microsoft.com Videos site (currently in Beta). Expression Studio tutorials
  • Blog Post: I'll be at Remix UK in Brighton on 18-19 September

    I'm going to be at Remix in Brighton on 18-19 September. It is going to be great. Tonnes of great content. Great speakers. Great location. It should be the Great British Remix :) I'll be there in my new role as Expression Product Manager, rather than my other role with academics/students. If you are...
  • Blog Post: Expression...nah...its all about MSPaint for designers

    Looking forward to attending Future of Web Design in London in mid-April. The Academic team will be there in a "Student Zone" inside the MS stand area wanting to talk to designer students about how they use software and if we can help them or their lecturers (like we do so well with the CS...
  • Blog Post: New Expression Community launched

      It has all the usual gubbins you would expect from a community site with news, blogs, forums, training, links and more for anyone interested in the Expression product set and looking for information or inspiration http://expression.microsoft.com
  • Blog Post: Mix UK is event registration is live

    Ian has the scoop on Mix UK event site going live. Great news for all web developers and designers in the UK interested in stuff like Silverlight and Expression . Sign up quick as places will go fast!! Technorati Tags: mixuk , mix , silverlight , expression
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend book

    I haven't seen this posted elsewhere so thought it worth punting onto my blog. There is now a book on Expression Blend called Expression Blend Bible : Haven't read it but will probably borrow it from the MS library and see what it has to offer. Amazon UK link and other good book stores I presume
  • Blog Post: End to end WPF demo - Family.Show

    Vertigo Software have just shipped Family.Show (family history explorer - stuff that my Dad would dig really!), a complete end to end reference example of building an application using Windows Presentation Foundation The Source Code is available for download Tim Sneath on Family.Show end to end reference...
  • Blog Post: PhotoStore WPF demo

    For those people who have seen my demo of styling a photo browser application using Expression Blend recently at the MSDN road show or user group meetings, this demo may be worth downloading. It is a much richer version of my 'on-stage' demo using the sweet Flickr.NET API (and by a Brit too ) that uses...
  • Blog Post: Workaround for Visual Studio 'Orcas' March CTP and Blend not playing together

    I've had a couple of email exchanges with customers who are playing with Visual Studio Orcas and Expression Blend and facing challenges with incomaptibilities. The problems arise when trying to open Blend created projects in Orcas and Blend not being able to build Orcas related projects. Thankfully,...
  • Blog Post: Building a simple video player with WPF/E tutorial

    I haven't had much original content on here in a while so I thought that should change by putting up some short tutorials on building stuff using "WPF/E". And the obvious one to start with is a really simple video player (RSVP for short). For an introduction to WPF/E, XAML and the programming model...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend Release Candidate now available

    Just noticed on the Expression site that there is an RC available. Downloading it now and will have a play but it's getting really close to production quality as I haven't had any show stoppers or niggling quirks in a while. Download Expression Blend RC
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend tutorial videos

    Martin Grayson , a UX guru in the Microsoft Services part of our business has worked with a colleague in my group, Richard Godfrey to put together these excellent video tutorials of working with WPF (from a real world project perspective) and Expression Blend . Real World WPF Videos: Introduction to...
  • Blog Post: Rich Client Development with XAML Resources: MS UK Technical Roadshow 2007

    Below are a list of resources which are relevant for attendees of the UK Technical Roadshow running across the UK over the next couple of months. Websites .NET Framework 3 Community - WPF MSDN Developer Centre - WPF What is XAML? MSDN Developer Centre - "WPF/E" Channel9 "WPF/E" playground MSDN...
  • Blog Post: In Seattle for training this week

    I meant to post that I was heading to the north west US for our annual "chip-in-neck-upgrade" but forgot as I rushed myself onto the BA flight to Seattle from London. It's been a good week so far with lots of new stuff with a really heavy emphasis on WPF , "WPF/E" (give it a name already?!:-)), Windows...
  • Blog Post: WPF app - Yahoo Messenger looks amazing

    With Vista general availability under 3 weeks away, there are more and more companies jumping on the WPF and great user experience bus. Yahoo has just announced its new Messenger applicatin which takes advantage of the .NET Fx 3 and more importantly WPF . The video demo and screenshot show what you can...
  • Blog Post: WPF/E Dev Center

    Frank Arrigo who I will be having coffee with in MS Sydney in a few days time spotted that the WPF/E dev center is up and live . Download of WPF/E CTP MSDN WPF/E Dev Center I've been playing with this for a few months now and I have to say it is a great addition to both WPF developers and ASP.NET/Ajax...
  • Blog Post: Interesting interview with J + J (or 2J or John and Jon) on Web Accessibility and Design

    Over on Bad Language Matthew Stibbe has interviewed two of my team mates, John and Jon , who work in the Developer and Platform group looking at the luverly-jubberly desgin tools talking about Usability and Accessibility (I'm not sure John and Jon are enjoying their new found status as "Head of Web Design...
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