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  • Blog Post: My two talks at Tech-Ed Australia and New Zealand

    I will be doing two presentations at Tech-Ed on the Gold Coast (8-11 Sep) and Auckland (14-16 Sep). The first talk is in the Architecture track, and the second in the Web/UX track. Silverlight Won't Save Your User Experience, You Will. You think adding a Silverlight UI to your application will solve...
  • Blog Post: Remix registration is live – Register now and Save! Save! Save!

    It was weeks in the making, but the Remix Australia website is finally live and taking registrations. Check out the program and you’ll see we’ve been working hard to find the best speakers to cover all the latest Microsoft stuff for the web and beyond. Just look! There’s Surface, there’s Sketchflow,...
  • Blog Post: Artists in Residence rocked so much it hurt

    Well we had our first Silverlight Artists in Residence last week in Melbourne and it totally rocked. Really. I was ready for the first one to be a bit average, but we left average in our dust. Jordan Knight from Readify was an awesome facilitator. He not only has deep Silverlight skills, he is really...
  • Blog Post: Jonas Follesoe and the miracle of Kuler for Blend

    Is there no end to the genius of Jonas Follesoe ? Now he's gone and made an Adobe Kuler plug-in for Expression Blend and Design , making it dead easy to try different colour-ways and create them as resources for your Silverlight or WPF project. Check it out here: Announcing Colorful Expression Studio...
  • Blog Post: I'm a Motion Design Newbie - TechEd attendee RFID visualiser thingy

    Coming from a background in old-school application design, designing for motion is something I didn't have to worry about much in the past - except for maybe the occasional sliding/expanding panel. However, in these days of 'one-page websites', animation and cinematography are finding their way more...
  • Blog Post: Lo-Fi or Hi-Fi mockups? Blend Resource Dictionaries mean not having to choose

    I was taught to avoid high-fidelity mockups for as long as possible. But there is an important role for high-fidelity mockups as well. If only we could have both... I've just finished reading " Design Vision " by Luke Wroblewski, Dirk Knemeyer, Bob Baxley, and Jim Leftwich. (I make it a policy...
  • Blog Post: Shanemo and DelicateGenius do 'Artists in Residence'

    For the last week Kordesy and I have been at the Microsofties' version of 'Artists in Residence' at Microsoft in Redmond. The idea of Artists in Residence is to give a developer/designer pair the chance to get some training and mentoring from experts while they work on a Silverlight project together...
  • Blog Post: Wireframing in Silverlight 1.0

    If you are a designer working on a Silverlight 1.0 project, or if you are working with designers, check out the video by Arturo Toledo entitled "Workflow of Silverlight with Expression and Visual Studio from the recent " Silverlight 1.0 Fire Starter " event in the US. Arturo talks about...
  • Blog Post: The problem with UI specs

    I met Rene de Paula, fellow UXE from Brazil, our "UX Summit" in Madrid(!) last week. In the break after my " Wireframing with Blend " session, Rene took me out into the hallway and shot this short video. Still need to work on those short answers... http://blogs.msdn.com/renedepaula/archive/2007/10/17...
  • Blog Post: WPF, Silverlight and Expression neatly explained in New Zealandish

    The guys at the ZamDes User Group over in Kiwiland have scraped together various info about WPF, Silverlight, XAML and Expression into a good little PowerPoint overview. Follow this link to ZamDes User Group (zamdes.com) and look out for the PowerPoint slidedeck.
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend 2 September Preview, and Expression Newsletter

    A new preview of Expression Blend 2 - the September preview - is out now and it's free. It has lots of new features for easier creation of animations, including node animation - something I was asked about a lot at TechEd in Malaysia. Get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/expression/products/features...
  • Blog Post: Wireframing in Blend - Starter Project

    Thanks to everyone who came along to my "Wireframing and Prototyping in Expression Blend" at Teched in Malaysia. Here's a link to the WPF Wireframing Starter project and the PowerPoint file. Good luck with your wireframing in Blend - feel free to send feedback or enhancements. This link is a temporary...
  • Blog Post: Anyone going to TechEd Malaysia?

    I am doing 3 sessions at TechEd Malaysia next week. Be sure to say G'day! Designing with Expression Web Using Expression Web you can create web sites that don't just look great, but are also easier to design, develop and maintain. Come and get in-depth tips and tricks on how to use this great standards...
  • Blog Post: Expression Designer workflow in a nutshell

    Fellow UXE in Canada, Qixing Zheng , has posted a nice summary of a typical designer workflow using Expression Design and Blend . Of course, your mileage may vary but this is a nice encapsulation about how it might work. Here is the whole post, a series of answers to frequently asked questions from...
  • Blog Post: Free online Expression training!

    Arturo Toledo, our UX technical product manager back in Redmond has pointed out some free Expression training on from Lynda.com and TotalTraining. The Lynda.com Expression Blend training is presented by Lee Brimelow , who is a guest speaker at Remix later this month in Melbourne. Note that Lee...
  • Blog Post: Discretionary use of Mandatory tools, or...

    ... or, "I wonder if Frank would let me expense a joystick for my desk?" Frank noticed this article in the New York Times yesterday: Why Work Is Looking More Like a Video Game http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/20/business/yourmoney/20proto.html The first part of the article discusses making...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend and Expression Web to be included with MSDN Premium

    I'm probably the last Microsoft blogger on the planet to cover this, but Microsoft has decided to make Expression Web and Expression Blend available to MSDN Premium subscribers. Plus, the entire Expression Suite will be available with premium subscriptions to Visual Studio Team Suite. I for one think...
  • Blog Post: Custom WPF keyboard on UMPC and four on the floor

    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 using a Samsung Q1 UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) to capture...
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