Guest Post: MIX09 Day 2: “Return on Experience”

From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies, including Silverlight and the Windows…

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Guest Post: MIX09 Day 1: The “Software” in “Software + Services”

From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies, including Silverlight and the Windows…

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Guest Post: MIX09 Welcome Swag (includes Sketching UX book!)

From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies, including Silverlight and the Windows…

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A Brief History of MIX: Feet on Ground, Eyes on Cloud

From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies, including Silverlight and the Windows…

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[Guest Blogger] Product Potluck from Waterloo UX Group

Apparently, I missed an exciting Product Potluck while I was away in China. Last month the Waterloo User Experience Group had a meeting where people brought in an everyday product to discuss their design issues with the group. It was such an interesting concept for a user group meeting that I had to find out…

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[Guest Blogger] Organizing Design Conference for Youth

October last year, I went to the first education fair focusing on design here at Toronto Convention Center. The conference is called Explore Design, and indeed I saw so many aspiring future designers exploring exciting opportunities in Design field. There were about 4000 high school students attended the event, and many colleges and universities with…


[Guest Blogger] Meeting with Bill Gates

A few professors from University of  Waterloo had the rare chance to meet with Bill Gates later last month during his last university tour as the Chief Software Architect at Microsoft. I asked Professor David Goodwin, the only representative from the Arts Faulty, to share his experience of meeting with Bill Gates. Enjoy! First, can…

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[Guest Blogger] MVP Award Program – What is it all about (part 2 of 2)

Sasha Krsmanovic , MVP Lead, Microsoft Canada In my previous guest blog entry I touched on some “MVP Program Basics”. I received a few notes from people who read it and thought they are a good match. I look forward to receiving more and possibly getting a few new MVPs out of all those contacts…

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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…

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[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…

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