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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    WSG talk moved to May 31

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    Just a quick note that my WSG talk in Sydney has moved to May 31 due to venue problems. Sorry for the blog spam, just wanted to make sure this got into people's RSS feeds.
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    ReMIX brings the best of MIX downunder

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    So I've just returned from MIX and CHI . My tutes seemed to go well at CHI, and MIX was great fun. There were a bunch of Aussies there among the 2,100 developers and designers in Venice Las Vegas learning about the latest MS stuff, as well as hearing...
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    Web Standards Group Sydney: Designers and developers - learning to get along

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    UPDATE: This talk has moved to the 31st of May, at UTS. I'll be presenting at Web Standards Group in Sydney on May 24 31. Patrick Kennedy from Step Two Designs is also speaking, so it's not all bad...
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    Sydney Morning Herald: Microsoft, Adobe competition heats up

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    Thanks to an alert friend who just pointed this out to me. An interesting article in the SMH (and AGE too, I presume): Microsoft, Adobe competition heats up A couple of clarifications: I don't think Expression Studio is really going 'head...
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    Everybody listen to me! ARCast.net

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    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...
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    Expression Blend and Expression Web to be included with MSDN Premium

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    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...
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    Get a (bigger) room! Age of UX Melb gets upsized.

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    Apologies to all those who have not been able to register for Age of User Experience in Melbourne - we ran out of space! We've upsized the venue and registratons are now open again. Thanks Mon for your help!
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    XBAPs for Firefox coming

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    I read on Ryan Stewarts blog that XBAP support for Firefox is coming. [Translation: XBAP's are WPF applications delivered in and running in a browser. WPF applications can currently run as a fully-fledged Windows application, or delivered through Internet...
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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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    Interaction Design - weakest at the joins

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    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...
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    Form AND Function - the alternate Google homepages

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    According to the Sydney Morning Herald , Google is introducing themed alternative homepages! OMG! The aesthetic-usability effect says products seem more usable when they are more attractive. Visual minimalism says all elements in the UI should serve a...
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    Stop by for a drink on Microsoft at WebDU

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    As per tradition, Microsoft is buying the drinks after the WebDU dinner in Sydney on Thursday night. Drop by the Zeta Bar at the Hilton for free drinks and Expression giveaways. But bring your WebDU badge/ticket/thing or you won't get in!
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    Blog Mini-makeover

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    Because we evangelists get renumerated based on the number of blog posts we make (well it feels that way), I started my blog pretty much as soon as I arrived here. Consequently, I just chose a standard template and off I went. This afternoon, a few...
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    Seeking a Great User Experience with seek.com.au

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    Mia Northrop, Senior Site Producer at Seek was interviewed by Ron Jacobs from Microsoft/ARCast when he was out here last year. They talked about Seek's approach to user experience, and particularly low-cost options for evaluating ideas with real users...
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    Getting started with Microsoft’s UX platform

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    Thanks to the guys over at Microsoft UK for taking one of the things off my to-do list. They've produced a series of ' getting started with... ' pages for designers about each of the main Microsoft UX offerings. Microsoft is great at communicating...
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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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    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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    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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    Age of UX - one down

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    Well the first Age of UX event really well - I think. The numbers were great, there were lots of good questions (and one sticky question - Kordsey knows what I mean), the pizza's were good and on the roadtrip home Kordsey and I got to bond as only newbies...
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    Taking it on the road - 'The Age of User Experience' - First Stop: Canberra

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    Well, there's only so many coffees I can drink in one-to-one sessions with designers, so we're going for mass-market appeal with a little roadshow we've called "The Age of User Experience". (A title I stole from a Microsoft presentation by Parimal Deshpande...
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    MIXing it up in Vegas

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    Registrations are well-and-truly open for MIX. MIX 07 is Microsoft's second conference for all things web and design, and is returning to Vegas, baby. I'll be there, as will Scott and Michael. Get in touch if you're thinking about coming along so we...
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    2 Yins for every Yang

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    Obviously, Scott Barnes just doesn't have enough firepower to keep up with me, so Frank has provided me (well, us, but I like to think 'me') with a new playmate. Based in Sydney, Michael Kordahi is also focussing on evangelising to the Web developer/designer...
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    The yin to my yang

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    Everybody please welcome Scott Barnes . Scott is our shiny new web VAR evangelist, based in Brisbane. If my job is to reach out to designers about everything UX, then Scott's job is very similar, but with more developer focus. So the good news for me...
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    iPhone design and sub-pixellating

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    I'm sure you'll have no problems finding iPhone content. I'll just pick this one, which tells a bit of the design story. http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1575410-1,00.html . Just goes to show, that, done well, the user experience starts...
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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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