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  • Blog Post: MIX09 Day 2 Keynote Pt 2: Deborah Adler on Changing Behavior by Design

    Deborah Adler presented a fascinating case study of how user experience design can really have a positive impact on the lives of those who touch our products. She was the principal designer behind Target’s ClearRx drug prescription packaging , which has had a big impact in avoiding drug prescription...
  • Blog Post: MIX09 Day 1 Keynote Pt 1: Bill Buxton on Experience Design

    Earlier today on the visitmix site, I posted a “live blog” of the first two MIX09 keynotes here in Las Vegas. Now that the dust has settled a little, I wanted to provide an edited version for broader consumption. If you’re looking for a comprehensive, blow-by-blow account of what went down today, read...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Theme Packs: Customize Your Desktop

    Just wanted to take a moment to highlight Mike Swanson’s amazing theme pack for Windows 7. Mike is a colleague, friend who works just down the corridor from me. His primary role with the company is as a content owner for our developer conferences (he’s responsible for the MIX09 keynotes). When he’s not...
  • Blog Post: Flotzam: Mashing up the Web

    Have you seen Flotzam ? It's a fun mash-up that Karsten and Tim put together that aggregates a bunch of different data sources: Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Digg, YouTube and indeed any general RSS feed. You can install it either as an application or a screen saver, and it's a nice way to see what's going...
  • Blog Post: The New Iteration: A Whitepaper on the XAML Revolution

    Whenever we run a WPF or Silverlight training event or lab, the one question that is guaranteed to come up relates to the designer / developer workflow on a project team. In the old days of Win32 or Windows Forms, the workflow was straightforward (albeit extremely limiting). A lot of desktop application...
  • Blog Post: Snack Tutorials for Hungry Designers

    Celso Gomes is an amazing interactive designer working at Microsoft who is responsible for the beautiful sample applications that ship with Expression Blend and did some of the earliest design explorations for Silverlight. Now he's come up with Nibbles : a series of "snack tutorials for hungry designers...
  • Blog Post: Hours of Free Training on Expression Blend and Design

    Arturo Toledo (one of our ace designers) posted a reminder on an internal email list that lynda.com have heaps of free training on Expression Blend and Expression Design available as screencasts. The Expression Blend material is presented by Lee Brimelow (author of the well known blog thewpfblog.com...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Expression Launch Event

    I'm presuming that almost everyone who follows this blog has at least one of the Expression design tools on their machine; Expression Blend (formeddrly known as "Sparkle" or Expression Interactive Designer) is an essential part of the arsenal for any WPF developer; Expression Design is a capable graphics...
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