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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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    My last Microsoft blog post

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    Well, after three and a bit very enjoyable years it’s time to sign off from Microsoft. Back in 2006 when Frank Arrigo hired me as one of Microsoft’s first User Experience Evangelists, we had a simple, exciting, and challenging, mission: To make Microsoft...
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    UXpod Interview: Microsoft Surface and multi-touch interfaces

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    Late last year my good friend Gerry Gaffney interviewed me for his UXpod podcast. We chatted about Microsoft Surface , the Lonely Planet project and designing multi-touch and tangible UI’s in general. It was great to chat with Gerry, and an honour to...
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    OZCHI Next Week in Melbourne

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    OZCHI is Australia’s annual Human-Computer Interaction Conference, where academics and practitioners get together to share the latest research and thinking around all things HCI. I went to my first OZCHI back in 1993, and my second Melbourne OZCHI will...
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    Surface SDK now available to all

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    If you’re dying to try your hands (get it?) at developing for Surface, then you’ll be please to know that The Surface SDK Workstation Edition is now available to all at surface.com . Also, a bunch of information is appearing on MSDN, TechNet, Download...
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    What does Microsoft have to offer Digital Agencies? Microsoft Innovation Days

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    In December DPE (where I work at Microsoft) and the Partner Team are getting together to run a series of “ Innovation Days ” in five Australian cities. Innovation Days are a rapid tour of some of the latest goodies from Microsoft, with a focus on how...
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    My two talks at Tech-Ed Australia and New Zealand

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    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...
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    UX Australia – Canberra 26-28 August

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    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...
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    Remix Australia Lonely Planet Surface Demo

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    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...
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    Surface SDK now available to Microsoft Partners

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    While Surface units are still not available in Australia, Aussie companies who are champing at the bit to give Surface design and development a try can now at least get access to the SDK and simulator, and get started working on Surface applications....
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    Wacom offers for Remix Australia attendees

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    Remix Australia is on tomorrow, and Wacom are offering some great deals on Intuos3 tablets. Check them out at the Wacom stand. Microsoft Partner and Remix sponsor Wacom to offer limited number of heavily discounted professional graphics tablets exclusively...
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    Remix registration is live – Register now and Save! Save! Save!

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    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...
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    First Meeting of Silverlight Designer and Developer Network in Sydney May 5th.

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    Miguel Madero and pals have organised the first Silverlight Designer and Developer Network in Sydney for May 5. Chris Anderson will be covering styling strategies and the ubiquitous Jordan Knight will be covering Silverlight 3’s greatest hits. Check out...
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    My slides from AIMIA Customer Experience Session

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    Here are my slides from my talk at the AIMIA Customer Experience and Usability seminar in Sydney yesterday. Customer Experience and the 3 F's View more presentations from Shane Morris . Thanks for all the positive feedback, I had a great time and I think...
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    3 Upcoming Gigs: AIMIA; Advertising, Marketing & Media Summit; and CEBIT WebForward

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    April and May are busy months for public speaking. On April 24th I’m speaking at Customer Experience – It’s Not Just About Usability for AIMIA in Sydney On May 12th I’m speaking on “Aligning your touch-points: Creating cross-technology customer experiences...
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    SEAT and the Super Real

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    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...
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    Remix09 is go – June 11 Sydney

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    The news is up on Kordesy’s blog : Remix is on again! Remix09 is in Sydney on June 11. More details to come, but right now we’re on the lookout for Aussie presenters and showcases. Remix is all about getting you informed and most importantly inspired...
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    UI Design for Developers

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    Arturo Toledo and Total Training have created an excellent series of short tutorials covering “ UI Design for Developers ”. Arturo focussed on aspects of visual design (rather than say, interaction design or usability) and also shows off some of the features...
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    ‘Art and Science of UX’ Deepzoom Resurrected

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    I’ve finally resurrected my ‘ Art and Science of UX’ Deepzoom from my TechEd 08 talk. (Click the link to open the full-page version, you'll need to 'Open' the file.) In this talk I discuss how user experience is both a wannabe science, as well as an...
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    Free Silverlight training in Melbourne, February 21st.

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    The Silverlight Designer and Developer Network are holding a free Silverlight training day on Saturday the 21st of February. Details on the SDDN website
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    Walk like a man, talk like a user

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    A new version of Adobe Flash was just installed on one of my computers. That’s cool, but I was a bit annoyed when it told me I can use the new version when I “restart your system”. System? That’s nothing. Microsoft are much worse. Every once in a while...
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    I’m presenting “Website to Webapp” at Web DU, Sydney, 21-22 May

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    The WebDU gods have smiled on me, and I am presenting “ Website to WebApp: Designing for Workflow ” at WebDU in Sydney in May. I’m basing it on the talk I gave at Oz-IA , but I’ll probably skip some of the historical stuff for the venerable WebDU crowd...
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    Artists in Residence rocked so much it hurt

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    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...
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    Announcing Silverlight 'Artists in Residence' - Melbourne 1-5 December

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    Back in February, Kordesy and I attended a program called "Artists in Residence" in Redmond . We had a blast, and learned stuff too! So Kordesy was determined to bring the Artists in Residence magic to Australia. Therefore... announcing the first Aussie...
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    I'm speaking at IDEF08, November 12 in Melbourne.

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    I'll be speaking on Wednesday November 12 at the " Develop - Industry Symposium and Showcase ", part of IDEF08, the International Digital Entertainment Festival in Melbourne. Here's the blurb: Welcome to the Social Back in the 'olden days',...
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    Design principles for Windows 7

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    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...
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