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  • Blog Post: UX Australia – Canberra 26-28 August

    The first ever UX Australia Conference is coming up in August in Canberra. Donna, Steve, Andrew and Danielle have a great line-up of speakers from Australia and overseas. Oh, and me. I’m doing 3 presentations (gulp!): 1. Pre-conference Workshop: Interaction Design Studio This Half-day workshop...
  • Blog Post: Remix Australia Lonely Planet Surface Demo

    The Lonely Planet Surface application that Amnesia Razorfish showed at Remix has been generating heaps of interest, so I’m pleased to say that the videos are finally online for your viewing pleasure. First check out the Lonely Planet keynote demo (around 7.5 minutes): Then for more detail on designing...
  • Blog Post: SEAT and the Super Real

    I was sent a link today to this site from the UK which is for the launch of the SEAT Exeo (it’s a car). Yes it’s built in Silverlight but what I really want to concentrate on is the design. Visual Design Firstly, it’s beautiful to look at. That’s good for Silverlight because if you ask me there have...
  • Blog Post: Design principles for Windows 7

    Long Zheng has put up some photos from the " Design principles for Windows 7 " session at PDC . These really are general principles that we should all take into account designing software experiences. The example of the jump lists in Windows 7 is interesting. By right-clicking on an application...
  • Blog Post: A Website Named Desire

    Nishant Kothary launched this site today:  http://www.awebsitenameddesire.com/ The site lets you Deepzoom on a poster Nishant, Xplane and others have created which attempts to capture the organised chaos that is website design and development (well that's my take on it anyway). I particularly like...
  • Blog Post: Teaching 'Principles of Interaction Design' at OzCHI in Cairns in December

    I'll be teaching "Principles of Interaction Design" at OzCHI in Cairns on the 8th of December. There's a short blurb on the conference website , or here's a longer one: Principles of Interaction Design This tutorial introduces 23 key principles of interaction design that can be used by all...
  • Blog Post: Designing for Workflow, and Interaction Design Studio at Oz-IA

    I'll be teaching a half-day workshop, plus delivering an Advanced Session at Oz-IA in September. If you haven't been to Oz-IA before, it's definitely the friendliest conference of the year. Held in Sydney every year by Eric Scheid , it's a great (and inexpensive) way to learn about information architecture...
  • Blog Post: Billy Hollis on Getting Smart with WPF

    Thanks to Jonas for sending me a link to this video of Billy Hollis presenting a great WPF business application: Billy Hollis on Getting Smart with WPF The first ~20 minutes of the video walks you through the UI design and talks about how various WPF features have been used to produce some great results...
  • 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: Gamer-influenced Design

    Last year I blogged a little about how we can learn to design for Feedback and Problem Solving by drawing inspiration from games design: http://blogs.msdn.com/shanemo/archive/2007/05/22/discretionary-use-of-mandatory-tools-or.aspx (Shameless plug: Sarah Bloomer and I also talk about this in our "...
  • Blog Post: Of Mapping, Cognitive Load and Credit Card Payments

    Every credit card I've ever owned shows the expiry date in MM/YY format. E.g. 07/10. If an online payment site asks me to enter the expiry date by selecting the Month name , they are asking me to perform a mapping from the numerical information on my credit card to the desired format. This adds unnecessary...
  • Blog Post: Teaching "Interaction Design Studio" and "Back to the Future: The Next Wave of UI Design" at UPA

    I'm teaching two tutorials at UPA (Usability Professionals Association) In Baltimore in June. Interaction Design Studio Interaction Design Studio provides a dynamic, fun and most importantly safe environment for practicing user interface designers, interaction designers and information architects...
  • Blog Post: Animation - Not just for Green Card Lotteries Anymore

    I only just came across this great post at watchingapple.com from last year that describes many of the key animations in OSX (pre-Leopard). Core Animation Indeed For many years animation had a bad reputation amongst UI designers, mostly because of its "mis-use" in banners ads on the Web. Fact...
  • Blog Post: Luke Wroblewski on "Designing for Web 2.0" - Melbourne, Feb 7th

    Noted U.S. user interface designer, Luke Wroblewski will be in Melbourne for the VALA conference in February, and has kindly agreed to present at the first CHISIG Victoria meeting for 2008. Topic: “ Designing for Web 2.0 ” Venue: University of Melbourne Lecture theatre 2 ICT building...
  • 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: "Principles of Interaction Design" at OzCHI 2007, Adelaide 28th Nov 2007

    I'll be teaching " Principles of Interaction Design " at OzCHI again this year, this time in Adelaide. Also some interesting tutes on Cultural Probes by Gerry Gaffney and John Murphy , Forms Design by Caroline Jarrett and maybe someone from Hiser ?
  • Blog Post: No Ideas but in Things

    Only just found this while researching for a completely different blog post. Love it. http://www.noideasbutinthings.com/ixd/ "No Ideas But In Things is a library of controls, animations, layouts, and displays that might be a source of inspiration for interaction designers. Dan Saffer is the curator....
  • Blog Post: User Feedback and the Halo Silverlight site

    If you've got nothing nice to say... One of the problems with having joined Microsoft is that it's harder to criticise. Anyone who has attended my courses (coming up at OzChi , by the way) knows how I rely on sympathetic critique to build interaction design skills. However, since joining Microsoft if...
  • Blog Post: ARCast UX interview - now with added vision

    I ran into Ron Jacobs at TechEd and he told me the video has been posted for my interview with him last year for ARCast. (I posted up a link to the audio back in April - this is the same, just with pictures of me squinting into the sun). I don't think Ron knew that I was actually interviewing for my...
  • Blog Post: Why I'm am interaction designer

    At MIX the guys from Screenedit asked me what I like about interaction design. I think I need to work on my short answers! Shane Morris Interview Uploaded! I blame the caffeinated American drinks. Technorati Tags: MIX , Interaction design
  • Blog Post: High and Low Fidelity Prototyping

    Gosh I love the serendipity that is Radio National . Today on Artworks they interviewed a 'Concept Designer'. This guy (Iain) did conceptual mockups for movies like Ratatouille and the Star Wars prequels. The idea is to give the director a vision of how the movie will look before production starts. In...
  • 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: Everybody listen to me! ARCast.net

    Back before I joined Microsoft (but while I was in the end of a seemingly endless series of job interviews) I was interviewed by Ron Jacobs from Microsoft/ARCast/Skyscapr (not a job interview... I don't think). The interview was at Bondi Icebergs, and was actually on camera but I guess my ugly mug was...
  • Blog Post: Interaction Design - weakest at the joins

    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 furniture design as examples. The same applies...
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