Silverlight Briefing Summary

Over the past 3 weeks, I have been touring across Canada giving a half-day briefing on Silverlight.  It was an incredible experience as it certainly opened my eyes to what types of things are being done with Silverlight today and the buzz it has generated among web designers and developers. In those briefings, I promised…


DesignThinkers 2007 Thoughts 2

In my previous DesignThinkers post, I gave an overview of my experience at the DesignThinkers 2007 conference. In this post, I’ll highlight some of my favorite sessions from the conference. How do we adapt to the shift from a push to a pull economy? Keynote by Patrick Whitney Patrick talked about the push and pull…


Explore Design – Bringing the Design Triangle under One Roof

 Majid Mirza, Academic Advisor, Microsoft Canada (Digital Arts Communication Co-op Student, U of Waterloo)      Got what it takes to be a designer? This was the question being addressed on October 10th and 11th at the Explore Design Education Fair. Held at the Metro Convention Center, downtown Toronto, this design education fair gave students…


World’s Best Design Schools: BusinessWeek

Check out the list of World’s top 60 design schools complied by BusinessWeek if you haven’t already. There are two Canadian schools made to the list:George Brown College and U. of Toronto, Rotman School of Management. Congratulations! Technorati Tags: Best Design Schools


[Guest Blogger] MVP Award Program – What is it all about

   Sasha Krsmanovic , MVP Lead, Microsoft Canada Hello all, Thanks Qixing for inviting me to be a guest blogger at the designer blog. By the way of introduction, my name is Sasha Krsmanovic and I am the MVP Lead for Canadian MVPs. Qixing asked me to publish a few posts here in order to…


New Silverlight Showcase

Check out the new Silverlight showcase that’s now LIVE at The showcase, built using Silverlight 1.0, will enable the community to upload their application info, and to browse, sort, and rate showcase items by category, by country/region, by tag clouds, by most viewed/rated, and by search terms. Please drop me a line if you…


DesignThinkers 2007 Thoughts I

Last week I attended Canada’s largest Graphics Design conference, DesignThinkers 2007 put on by RGD. It was my first time attending the conference, apparently if it was your fifth time or more, you are a DesignThinker Master. I definitely hope to be a DesignThinker master one day since the conference was a lot of fun…


Popfly Goes Beta – Now Everyone Can Play!

Popfly has been creating a tonne of buzz since it was announced.  It’s a great way to build amazing Silverlight mashups in a simple way (i.e.: you don’t need to be a developer to figure out how to create a cool mashup using popular technologies like Virtual Earth and Facebook). The problem with it has been that unless…


[Podcast] Imagine Cup 2008: Interface Design Category

Couple of weeks ago, I sat down with Unni Ravindranathan, who organizes Imagine Cup Interface Design Competition. He is also a program manager at Expression Blend team. I asked him about the experience of Imagine Cup, the different competing phases of the Interface Design category, the judging criteria, and some past winning projects. You can…


Imagine Cup 2008: Creativity for the Environment

Imagine an Olympic Games about using technology and creativity to solve the world’s greatest problems. “Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment” is this year’s challenge. If you haven’t heard of Imagine Cup, this is what I’m talking about. Imagine Cup is one of the world’s premier student technology competitions hosted by Microsoft….