Windows 7 is Here!

Today is the day! As I’m waking up on the west cost this morning, the celebration of the worldwide availability of Windows 7 has long started from Tokyo, Munich, London, Beijing, Paris, Dubai, New York, and our own Toronto office. I thought to gather some Windows 7 launch related facts and resources below for you…

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Introducing WebsiteSpark

Crosspost from Developer Connections blog… What is WebsiteSpark? If you run or work at a small web design or development firm, WebsiteSpark might be for you! WebsiteSpark is Microsoft’s new global program who goal is to help small web companies succeed. What do you get with WebsiteSpark? I put together a little graphic that explains…

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Windows UX Interaction Guidelines

Windows 7 has been getting very positive feedback for its improved user experience. Many of our partners are eager to build applications on this new windows platform. In order to establish a high quality and consistency basedline for Windows-based applications, answer your UX design questions, and make your job easier, the Windows product team has…

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Ready to Ignite Your Career?

Along with TechDays starting in September, the popular Ignite Your Career Webcast series also returns next month. As a professional working in IT, it’s so easy to get caught up in your day-to-day work that you find little time to grow your professional skills, learn about industry trends, and think about your next career challenge….

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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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Good Design Enables, Bad Design Disables

This is a post for busy designers and developers who would like to get an overview of Accessibility design and some quick tips. Last month, two of my colleagues and I conducted an accessibility workshop to developers and designers who work on Canadian government sites. I presented on Designing for Accessibility, which I included the…

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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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Expression Resource for Designers

In the last Silverlight User Group meeting, someone asked me about Expression and Silverlight resources for designers. Here’s a list of resources that my friend Arturo Toledo at Expression marketing team provided. expression.microsoft.com – Expression Community Site with all sorts of resources microsoft.com/expression – Expression Marketing Site  with good demo videos microsoft.com/video – Look under…

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Understanding the Microsoft Web Platform

A common complaint that I hear from people who build web solutions is that when they try to start building web solutions on the Microsoft Platform, they hit a wall because of 2 things: There is so much information they don’t even know where to start. There is no consolidated set of resources that give…

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Microsoft Surface Blog by Infusion

Last year during Explore Design conference, our friends at Infusion showcased the various Surface apps they worked on to hundreds of young minds who were interested to design. As Natural User Interface is becoming a hot topic in the Interaction Design field and many businesses are looking to have innovations in touch space to differentiate…

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