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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    BlueScreen2007

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    User Experience Principle #2: The user should always feel in control. So I've been going through the tutorials for Expression Blend coz I'm supposed to be an expert at it by now. However, on my machine at work I couldn't get any of my applications...
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    Free tickets - "Interaction Design Studio" dry-run

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    I am running a new tutorial entitled “Interaction Design Studio” at CHI07 . This is a spin-off from “Principles of Interaction Design”, and is a short, no-lecturing, exercises-only studio session to give interaction designers a chance to build their design...
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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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    WPF online chat this Friday

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    For those who like to get up early just before Christmas, the WPF team at Microsoft are holding an online chat on Friday morning our time where they'll be taking WPF questions, feedback etc. I know I'll be there. Canned text from Tim Sneath below.......
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    Don't clck it

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    A really interesting UI concept to avoid clicks . Educational value only. What's wrong with clicks afterall? Let's not even talk about accessibility.
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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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    Help Shane get to Designertopia

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    So Darren McCormick the UXE "Role Owner" at "Corp" (see my Microsoft induction training is working) sent a bunch of us invitations to speak at Designertopia in London in February. Thing is, London is far away and costs a lot to get to (not to mention...
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    Who's better at parking a car - person or computer?

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    First (?) rule of user experience: Computers are good at doing some things (counting) and people are good at doing other things (imagining, or parking). Let the computer do what it's good at, so that people can do what they are good at: Lexus self...
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    My reason for being (well, one) has arrived

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    Today one of the main reasons for me being at Microsoft arrived. On Monday in the US Microsoft's Expression suite of products was (more) officially announced, and the first product in the suite, Expression Web, was released. The pending arrival of...
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    A busy week at OzCHI

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    Next week I will be at OzCHI in Sydney. OzCHI is the annual conference of CHISIG , the "Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group" of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia. First up I'm teaching my " Principles of Interaction...
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    Danger UXB

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    "UXB" stands for "User eXperience Blog", "User eXperience Bloke" and " UneXploded Bomb ", in no particular order. My job title here at Microsoft is "User Experience Evangelist" (or UXE) - which everyone agrees is a pretty creepy title. At the pub...
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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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