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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    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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    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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    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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    Wireframing in Blend - Starter Project

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    Thanks to everyone who came along to my "Wireframing and Prototyping in Expression Blend" at Teched in Malaysia. Here's a link to the WPF Wireframing Starter project and the PowerPoint file. Good luck with your wireframing in Blend - feel free to send...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Who needs designers?

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    "And you pay your designers how much ?!?" Thanks to Clemens Lutsch for bringing this to our attention.
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    Emotional Design, not just Usable Design

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    At a presentation at ComputerShare last week I spoke about the various "flavours" of user experience, and the fact that usability alone does not guarantee a great user experience. We talked about how it is easier to 'engineer' usability - there are processes...
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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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    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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    UXIDIA Lunch in Melbourne this Fri (21st)

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    A bunch of us are getting together for lunch in Melbourne this Friday. Details here: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/265404/ . Please rsvp on Upcoming if you're coming so I can book. (UXIDIA stands for User eXperience, Interaction Design, Information...
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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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    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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    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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    Art and Science of UX Deepzoom

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    For those who want to follow along in my Tech.Ed Australia "Art and Science of Great User Experience" talk, the Deepzoom is here: ARC301 - Art and Science of UX - Deepzoom BTW, you need Sliverlight 2 Beta 2
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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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    August de los Reyes speaking in Melbourne 23 Sept on Microsoft Surface

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    August de los Reyes , User Experience Director for Microsoft Surface , will be in Melbourne on Tuesday, September 23, before keynoting Web Directions in Sydney . August is a great speaker , and a really nice guy too and has kindly agreed to speak at CHISIG...
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    From Website to WebApp - Designing for Workflow - my Oz-IA Presentation

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    Thanks to everyone who showed up for my Oz-IA presentation at 8am Sunday! Here are the slides: From Website To Webapp Shane Morris View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: diagram workflow )
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    "Pimp My App" and Expression Studio in Adelaide next week

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    I am delivering the new improved "Pimp My App" presso at Code Camp in Adelaide this weekend (13/July). My cube neighbour Dave Glover is also presenting - on something complicated and technical no doubt. Pimp My App “User Experience” (UX) is so...
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    The problem with UI specs

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    I met Rene de Paula, fellow UXE from Brazil, our "UX Summit" in Madrid(!) last week. In the break after my " Wireframing with Blend " session, Rene took me out into the hallway and shot this short video. Still need to work on those short answers... http...
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    Mark your Calendars! Remix 08 (Melbourne and Sydney) is on

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    Ok, Finula has aligned all the necessary ducks, and we are go for Remix 08 in Australia! This year we are sharing the love around and taking Remix to: Sydney - Tuesday May 20th, and Melbourne- Thursday May 22nd For those that weren't at Remix...
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    An evening with Molly Holzchlag - Melbourne Feb 6th

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    Molly Holzchlag, web standards guru, will lead an informal Q&A in Melbourne on Wednesday evening, the 6th of Feb: Details courtesy of Russ Maxwell Weakley: http://www.maxdesign.com.au/2008/01/25/molly
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