[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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[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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[Mini-Tutorial] Blend 3: SketchFlow Part I

Two years and an half ago, when I first joined Microsoft, we were getting ready to release Expression Studio 1. Expression Blend is a key product in the studio and works closely with Visual Studio. It was a great first step to support designers with visual tools to help them build rich interactive web and…

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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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December Silverlight User Group Meeting

This is the last Silverlight user group meeting of the year. Hope to see you all there! Time: 6:30PM, Tuesday December 2nd, 2008. Location: MSN Office Downtown Toronto, 222 Bay St. Toronto, ON Agenda: 6:30 – 7:30: Animations and Databinding in Blend – by Dan Borkowski & David Stubbs Creating dependency properties in code to…

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Silverlight 2 is Released!

Earlier this week, we shipped the final release of Silverlight 2! This is an important milestone for us in terms of providing rich media and interactive experiences on the web. Scott Guthrie has a very comprehensive blog post on the improvements of Silverlight 2 RTW. Many of you may already have upgraded to the RTW…

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Oct. 22 Silverlight User Group Meeting

In the last Silverlight user group meeting,  Mano and Chris gave everyone an overview on Expression Blend and demoed the workflow between designers and developers using the new toolset to create Silverlight applications. In the next user group meeting, I’ll take a closer look at the latest version of Expression Blend and show you some…

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