[Mini-Tutorial] Creating a Reusable Glossy Button in Blend

Creating a button is the “Hello World” example of learning Blend. In this tutorial, I’ll show to how to create a reusable glossy button with Expression Blend 3. The concepts I’ll be covering are: using gradient brush to create glossy effect turning graphics into a control editing a button control template applying drop effects to…

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TechDays’ Session: Expression Blend for Developers

In just less than a week, TechDays will kick off in Vancouver. There are tons of activities happening around TechDays next week, and I’ll be doing a presentation on Expression Blend for Developers. I really enjoy demoing Expression Blend to developers because it brings design into development and engages developers in the practical UI design…

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Two Interesting Upcoming Presentations This Month

The new season for user group activities are starting this month. Here are two presentations that you may be interested. Four Perspectives on Delivering "Return on Experience" at Metro Toronto .NET User Group Time: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (ET) Location: Manulife Financial, 200 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario M4W…

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Download the Expression 3 Starter Kits

Getting started with Expression Studio 3? Here are 4 great learning kits to help you get things started. Introduction to Prototyping with Sketchflow in Expression Blend 3: Assets, Guide and Video Package Discover Sketchflow, a new feature set in Expression Blend 3 that helps you define the concept for user experiences in early stages of…

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Plenty of Color Resource for Expression

Thinking about a color palette for your new website or application project? I’ve been using the site Colourlovers.com to get color inspirations. It’s a virtual color library where you can find thousands of color palettes, articles on color design, and follow color trends from magazine and websites. What’s more useful about the site is that…

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It’s a big day for RIA!

Today is a landmark launch day for anyone building Rich Internet Applications (also known as RIAs), particularly those that build compelling web-enabled experiences on the Microsoft platform. We launched 2 new product versions today and it’s something all of us at Microsoft are very excited about:  Silverlight 3 and Expression Studio 3. Silverlight 3 represents…

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Silverlight 3 at the Movies

Our friends at ObjectSharp are putting on an exciting show at the Paramount Theatre this Thursday, July 9. It’s titled “Silverlight on the Silver Screen.” If you want to know more about Silverlight 3, Expression Blend 3, and Windows 7 Touch Technology, it’s a show you don’t want to miss. Check out the event details…

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[Mini-Tutorial] Blend 3: Rich Interactivity with No Code

The idea of creating rich interactivity without code should sound very appearing to designers, because we want to turn static UI into interactive prototypes and test out our design ideas quickly. In Blend 3, “Behaviors” are packaged, re-usable building blocks of interactivity. They can be visually applied to UI components in the application using drag…

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[Mini-Tutorial] Blend 3: Visual Data Binding

As your project evolves from simple sketches to prototypes, you may want to add some real interactivity to it. There are two useful tools in Blend make this really easy: Sample Data and Behaviors. This tutorial will focus on Sample Data and how designers can bind data visually in Blend. The next tutorial will be…

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[Mini-Tutorial] Blend 3: SketchFlow Part II

Bill Buxton talks about the difference between “Sketch” and “Prototype” in this his Sketching User Experiences. (see the summary below) I agree sketching is an important part of the design process, but often times it’s hard to share our paper and pen sketches and get feedback from others. Following Part I of the SketchFlow tutorial,…

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