Shane Morris: UXB

A User eXperience Blog, by a User eXperience Bloke

March, 2007

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About Shane Morris: UXB

Hi, my name is Shane Morris, and I am a "User Experience Evangelist" at Microsoft, based in Melbourne, Australia. I have worked as an interaction designer / information architect / usability specialist since 1991.

My reason for blogging is to share what I know and what Microsoft knows about user experience. Although I am passionate about many things, this blog will just be about user experience / interaction design / information architecture / usability / user-centred design etc.

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    Your official source for sample WPF apps

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    If you're looking for samples of all the good stuff you can do with WPF, then go no further than the official MS WPF WIki's list: Application Portfolio . Kordesy's favourite: OTTO - Online clothing shopping ( APPLICATION ). hmm... My favourite...
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    Custom WPF keyboard on UMPC and four on the floor

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    You know, being a Microsoft evangelist isn't all just sitting around in cafes and playing with the latest technology. Sometimes we have to go to car launches too. On Tuesday Dave Glover and I wandered down to the Melbourne Motor Show , where Audi is...
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    Age of User Experience - Sydney, Brisbane (2) and Melbourne

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    Well, we've finally got our act together and scheduled the Age of User Experience briefings for Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. The dates are: Sydney: Wednesday 11th of April, 4:00pm Brisbane: Thusday 12th of April, 5:00pm AND Friday 13th of...
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    What's better than usability testing?

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    Catching up on my reading, today I finally read this Microsoft Watch article on the Office 2007 redesign: How Microsoft Wrapped the "Ribbon" in a Bow . Among other things, it talks about how the Office team placed early (way pre-Beta) copies with testers...
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    Interaction Design - weakest at the joins

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    On By Design this morning on Radio National, they were talking about the role corners have in urban design. The guest, Stephen Collier, noted that 'joins' create interesting challenges across design fields. He mentioned urban design, architecture and...
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    Age of UX - one down

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    Well the first Age of UX event really well - I think. The numbers were great, there were lots of good questions (and one sticky question - Kordsey knows what I mean), the pizza's were good and on the roadtrip home Kordsey and I got to bond as only newbies...
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    Getting started with Microsoft’s UX platform

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    Thanks to the guys over at Microsoft UK for taking one of the things off my to-do list. They've produced a series of ' getting started with... ' pages for designers about each of the main Microsoft UX offerings. Microsoft is great at communicating...
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    XBAPs for Firefox coming

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    I read on Ryan Stewarts blog that XBAP support for Firefox is coming. [Translation: XBAP's are WPF applications delivered in and running in a browser. WPF applications can currently run as a fully-fledged Windows application, or delivered through Internet...
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    Blog Mini-makeover

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    Because we evangelists get renumerated based on the number of blog posts we make (well it feels that way), I started my blog pretty much as soon as I arrived here. Consequently, I just chose a standard template and off I went. This afternoon, a few...
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    Stop by for a drink on Microsoft at WebDU

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    As per tradition, Microsoft is buying the drinks after the WebDU dinner in Sydney on Thursday night. Drop by the Zeta Bar at the Hilton for free drinks and Expression giveaways. But bring your WebDU badge/ticket/thing or you won't get in!
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    Form AND Function - the alternate Google homepages

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    According to the Sydney Morning Herald , Google is introducing themed alternative homepages! OMG! The aesthetic-usability effect says products seem more usable when they are more attractive. Visual minimalism says all elements in the UI should serve a...
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    Seeking a Great User Experience with seek.com.au

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    Mia Northrop, Senior Site Producer at Seek was interviewed by Ron Jacobs from Microsoft/ARCast when he was out here last year. They talked about Seek's approach to user experience, and particularly low-cost options for evaluating ideas with real users...
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