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  • Blog Post: User Experience – The Kettle.

      How many kettles have you owned over the years? is it more than one? has it always been the same one? It’s a pretty straight forward device, you fill it up with water, it heats up and then you tip the contents out into a container. Why then are there so many varieties of Kettles? Why are there...
  • Blog Post: Apple stole my whitespace.

    I often meet up with a co-worker (Michael Bach, Product Manger & Designer for Microsoft.com/Web ) and we talk all things design. As it for us is therapy given we are constantly surrounded by engineers within Microsoft :) One insight Michael came up with the other night is that Apple own white. It...
  • Blog Post: Function, Form, Fashion – Shanemo.

    Shane Morris , who for the few left that don’t know is one of our User Experience Evangelists in Australia. Shane’s actually got a deep background in Usability and is a lot of his fingerprints on our upcoming release of Expression Blend – Sketchflow. He seems to have recently done a presentation on ...
  • Blog Post: Design First, Engineer Second.

    A lot of the time folks write off Apple customers as simply being MacTards , fans that are so pre-occupied with Apple and less about the products they make. In part that can be true, I’ve meet some extreme ignorant fans, but in general that’s not true at all. I’ve meet a lot of fans of Apple who can...
  • Blog Post: Engineer and Designer walk into a bar..

    An Engineer and a Designer walks into a bar, and notices a picture hanging on the wall. It’s a picture of a dog screwing in a light bulb. The engineer turns to the designer and says “that’s just not possible, the dog hasn’t got opposable thumbs..” the designer turns and says “I disagree, he has, see...
  • Blog Post: I hate it when a designer touches XAML..

    I’ve meet with a few die-hard Silverlight developers in my time and some feedback I get at times is how designers produce bad XAML. “..I hate it when a designer touches XAML..” – oh? why? My first thought was, “bad XAML?” how on earth can a designer produce bad XAML. *confused look* After digging I find...
  • Blog Post: How to: Make Innerglows with Expression Blend.

    I'm knee deep in a WPF project i'm writing for my team. I had the need today to have an innerglow, and noticed that we seem to have forgotten this little BitmapEffect of goodness (which I'll be promptly hassling Jon tomorrow for in the next revision). That being said, as stubborn as I am I decided to...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight: VisualState Manager, Storyboards and why designers should care about them both.

    I've seen a lot of talk around VisualState Manager online and it mostly covers button states and so on. What I want to do here in this post is illustrate why VisualState Manager is a handy tool for the average interactive designer out there and how it can kind of short-cut a lot of animation transition...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Experiment: Create a PullDown Menu using Storyboards.

    This is a basic example of how to create a "PullDown Menu" using Silverlight and Expression Blend. The Objectives The GUI will have a PullDown Menu (UserControl) under the main outer chrome. It's intended that when a user clicks on the "MainMenu" it will not only change state, but...
  • Blog Post: WebDesign 2008 - Going from Wireframe Zero to UX Hero

    July 21st Seattle - I'll be speaking at the WebDesign 2008 conference here in Seattle on " Going from Wireframe Zero to UX Hero ". The session is basically going to cover the "How" I guess on what's next after you've made the leap of deciding to adopt our technology (Silverlight or...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Multi-touch: Think beyond your Notebook of today.

      I like the rest of the world read about our Windows 7 Multi-touch capabilities and personally thought it was brilliant move on our part. As this paves the way for mainstream use around multi-touch devices, something that the next generation of applications should consider more. That being said...
  • Blog Post: Learning Maya and the side lessons i've learnt.

    I shopped around a lot in the past 5 months as I've wanted to get back into 3D modelling for quite some time. Given my day to day life is Microsoft, I needed a non-Microsoft hobby - mainly to keep me partially sane. I began to research what software out there can cater to my needs, in that i have a few...
  • Blog Post: Designers, Designers, Designers..

    Q.What do you expect from Microsoft going forward in the design space. I meet with a lot of customers in many forms of communication. I often am surprised not by the "we are thinking of adopting Silverlight/WPF" meetings but more, "We have adopted them, but we need help". When I get to the bottom...
  • Blog Post: Meet "Dax", my idea for a mascot (not official).

    I like both the "blue monster campaign" and SIlverlight and given I'm dabbling around in 3D at the moment, I decided to play around with the idea of combining the two. Note : This is not the official mascot for Silverlight, instead it's simply me mucking around with 3D. Please do not use this in...
  • Blog Post: What resolution do you design RIA in?

    I read an interesting post this morning on how the author wanted folks to consider the 800px resolution for their designs. He cites that although he has a large resolution, it doesn't mean that he's not also using other applications at the same time. ...But with 1900+ pixels, I keep half for the browser...
  • Blog Post: Once you achieve perfection, it's no longer perfect.

    Why did the media feel Macworld was flat this year? Why does Steve Jobs present so well, Why do people want Silverlight to succeed over Flash, why do people believe OSX is better than Windows Vista, why does Windows Vista sell so well? Why does... The answers to all of the above are simple. We are chasing...
  • Blog Post: My RIA art...

    12:33 AM and I'm currently putting together my power point deck for an upcoming internal conference (Seattle - February 4th - 15th). I typically like to use as many visuals as possible, as I've sort of decided that I'd prefer all my presentations going forward have a bit more "bang" associated...
  • Blog Post: RIA Designers are smart.

    One thing annoys me more than anything in this world, is when I hear folks whom aren't designers refer to them as "pony tail, black skivvy wearing..." and the comments trail off. It's not that I care whether they think we have pony tails, it's more to the point that it smacks of contempt at...
  • Blog Post: Dear Designer, How would you Design Microsoft?

    You've seen our online community sites, you've seen our products. How would you design Microsoft tomorrow. It's a simple question, but I'm curious to hear what the people out there whom read this blog think around this space. Be warned though, you're ideas may just come true ... as the old saying goes...
  • Blog Post: Inspiration, getting to the core.

    "...Good artists copy. Great artists steal.." -Pablo Picasso I get asked a lot "where do you get your ideas for UI from?" when i often show off some of my artwork. It sounds arrogant, but it's the truth and yet I never really have a response. I often at times get it from the smallest...
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