Shane Morris: UXB

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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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    User Feedback and the Halo Silverlight site

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    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...
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    Billy Hollis on Getting Smart with WPF

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    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...
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    A Silverlight Skateboard?

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    Hmm, need to think of some way to offload this. A Remix competition methinks...   Technorati Tags: Silverlight , auremix08
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    Win a Silverlight Skateboard - Oz Remix Silverlight Video Clip Contest

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    Why pay for a Remix 08 ticket when you can win one? And a Silverlight skateboard while you’re at it! Creating Silverlight™ animations with Expression Blend is quick and easy and to prove it we want you to have a go in the lead-up to Remix 08! So...
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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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    More about the Tech.Ed Australia RFID visualisations

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    More info has surfaced about the RFID work underway for Tech.Ed Australia , including the Silverlight visualisation I've been working on (in my spare time...). http://www.itnews.com.au/News/82864,silverlight-animations-back-microsoft-rfid-network.aspx...
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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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    Lo-Fi or Hi-Fi mockups? Blend Resource Dictionaries mean not having to choose

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    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...
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    Designer crunch time - 2007 the year of the Rich Internet App?

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    This post by Ryan Stewart on ZDNet predicts big things for Rich Internet Applications (RIA's) in 2007. 10 Predictions for Rich Internet Applications in 2007 by ZDNet 's Ryan Stewart -- The run down of 10 predictions for Rich Internet Applications...
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    High and Low Fidelity Prototyping

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    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...
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    Shanemo and DelicateGenius do 'Artists in Residence'

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    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...
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    User Experience Maturity Model - Microsoft Style

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    Internally at MS we've been talking about how to define and assess an organisation's "user experience capability". This is important because different organisations have different levels of sophistication when it comes to defining, creating and assessing...
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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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    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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    Yahoo Messenger for Windows Vista

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    Check out this video preview of Yahoo Messenger for Windows Vista.Uses lots of whizzy WPF and Vista tricks like transparency, scaling and sidebar gadgets. From an interaction design perspective my favourite bit is the voice-level indicator. Gives users...
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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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    Free online Expression training!

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    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...
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    I was born at a very young age...

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    Where to start, where to start? Dave Glover (MS evangelist) gave me some good advice - better than David Lemphers' (also MS evangelist) anyway: start with your bio. So, here's a little bit about me... At uni I did an Honours degree in computer science...
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    I'm a Motion Design Newbie - TechEd attendee RFID visualiser thingy

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    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...
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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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    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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    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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    Wireframing in Silverlight 1.0

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    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...
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    Usability and User-Centred Design in the Software Development LifeCycle

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    Here are the slides from a talk I gave to first year Software Engineering students at Monash University today. Usability And UCD In The SDLC View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: usability; usability )
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