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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    Anyone going to TechEd Malaysia?

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    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...
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    Oz-IA registration open

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    Registrations are now open for the Oz-IA conference, in Sydney the weekend before Web Directions . Oz-IA is a conference around information architecture,and attracts all sorts of user experience folks. I was at the first Oz-IA last year - great company...
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    Slides from my AIMIA talk

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    For anyone interested, here are the slides from my AIMIA talk on Wednesday: - Design-led Innovation slides Thanks to Sarah Bloomer and Monty Hammontree (MS) for input and inspiration into this talk.
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    Microsoft Web Experience DVD

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    Christian Longstaff is touting a "Microsoft Web Experience DVD". It's got a bunch of web development resources but it also includes a copy of Expression Studio (on a time-bombed virtual PC) and Expression training materials. Check it out if you're interested...
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    Rise of the 'deviner'

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    Builderau took me aside at TechEd last week and asked me about designer-developer collaboration, and the role of the 'deviner'. I spell it devigner though... Am I showing my bias? http://www.builderau.com.au/news/soa/Diviner-A-new-role-between-the-developer...
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    Bad user! Bad!

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    It's not a good user experience when you feel you've been chastised by a computer program. All I did was click on the fishy for heck's sake! It's a bad idea to make users feel stupid. There are a bunch of things these guys might have been able to do to...
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    Bill Buxton on Design Thinking

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    Coincidental to my post on High and Low Fidelity prototyping , I only just found (thanks to Will Tschumy ) this interview with Bill Buxton (of Sketching User Interfaces fame) on Microsoft's "Channel 9" about design thinking. Bill is passionate about really...
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    Why I'm am interaction designer

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    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
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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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    Remix videos on Postmix

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    (Postmix - where we take concentrated Remix syrup and add Silverlight. Or something.) Kordesy the Delicate Genius that he is has put the first few videos from Remix up on a new blog we've called Postmix Australia . The videos aren't great - sorry about...
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    Speaking at AIMIA Victoria Wed August 22

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    OK, reboot. I am speaking at AIMIA (Victoria) on Wed August 22nd. Design–led Innovation Just when we think we can’t deliver interactive products and services any faster, a new technology wave comes along that enables us to work even more rapidly...
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    Everyone look at me! Remix videos

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    A couple of videos of me at Remix have been posted on ZDnet. http://www.zdnet.com.au/insight/software/soa/Developers-break-the-designer-egg-Microsoft/0,139023769,339280189,00.htm http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/software/soa/Microsoft-battles-to-win...
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    AIMIA talk delayed to August

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    Ok, so my AIMIA talk has been delayed - currently looking at dates in August. Stay tuned.
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    Speaking at AIMIA Victoria Wed July 25

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    Update - this talk has been delayed to August 22 According to my diary I am speaking at AIMIA (Victoria) on Wed July 25th. This hasn't shown up in the AIMIA calendar yet though... Design–led Innovation Just when we think we can’t deliver interactive...
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    Age of User Experience comes to Perth - finally!

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    Chuck has aligned the planets and I'm heading west to do "The Age of User Experience" at the Perth .NET Community of Practice on this Thursday 5th July at 5pm. I'll cover the same "user experience as a product differentiator" stuff, but I'll update...
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    Expression Designer workflow in a nutshell

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    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...
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    Bite-sized Silverlight tutorials for designers - a perfect fit for your attention span

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    This is big - but small at the same time. Our very own karstenj , Ceslo Gomes (apologies to Celso - I blaim my source) designer to the stars, has launched " Nibbles Tutorials " - bite-sized tutorials for designers on how to use Expression with Silverlight...
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    Silverlight community reaches beyond "Hello World"

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    The Silverlight ecosystem is hotting up with some nice stuff that goes beyond just taking it for a spin. Play Lieutenant Bennett here: www.ltbennett.com Read MS propaganda here: http://timheuer.com/blog/archive/2007/06/26/zerogravity.aspx
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    Designervsdeveloper.com.au - maybe we should issue all designers with square glasses?

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    Well it just goes to show you you can't tell a developer by their pocket protector anymore. Designervsdeveloper.com.au is live - upload your photo and see whether your job description matches your t-shirt. This is a nice little lead-in to the "Designers...
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    User Experience - Above the MS fold

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    Nice to see that "User Experience and Design" is now a 2nd-level category on microsoft.com under "Products and Related Categories". 'bout time. Next step - top level category!
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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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    Surfaces, darling

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    "I just want SURFACES, darling. I don't want this, look, I don't want this. I don't want THINGS on PLACES like that." - Eddie, Absolutely Fabulous You know your blog is working when people email you and ask why you haven't blogged about stuff yet....
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    And I'm speaking at Web Standards Group in Melbourne on June 7th.

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    Same topic: "Designers and Developers - Learning to get along". Keep an eye on the Web Standards Group website for details.
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    Make the logo bigger.

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    This is dedicated to a special client of mine. Make the logo bigger MP3 You know who you are!
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    Discretionary use of Mandatory tools, or...

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    ... 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...
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