Interactive chart/form filtering code sample

One of the most enjoyable design challenges I have had over the last couple of years was redesigning how users can filter inside Access and Excel. The new filter dropdown menu and context menus were lots of fun to explore different designs and think creatively about how users interact with data. I wanted to make…

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Softer datasheet visuals in 3 simple steps

Yesterday I was looking at one of our templates and noticed the grid felt pretty busy. I wanted to come up with a design that softens the harshness of the gridlines yet was very readable. Here is what I ended up with… There are three easy steps to create this view (you can’t do this…

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My favorite software book of the year "Get Real: The smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application"

For some time I have been a fan of the work done by 37Signals. They have a great understanding of the value of building simple software that people fiind useful. They recently self published Get Real: The smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application. This book is the best book I have…

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MSDN article "Ribbon Extensibility in Access 2007"

A couple of months ago I spent a few days learning how to write XML for ribbons. I got pretty excited about the types of new interfaces that users can create without any code. I think you will find it is easier than you might think. This paper is the end product of a blog post…

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Thoughts on Zune

First off, I want to say that I’m a big IPod fan–listening to my second player right now. I even have a copy of the original ipod packaging in my office because I though Apple did such a nice job with it. I’m not ready to buy a new Zune yet but I do think…

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Ideas about creating great looking reports

Lately I have been thinking a bit about report design and how to make reports look great without writing lots of line drawing code. Being a sports fan I have always thought sports sites do a good job making great looking reports. Personally, I couldn’t be happier about the Utah Jazz and their 12-1 start…

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Visual design of Web 2.0 sites and Access applications

I recently came across a blog post about common design elements for web 2.0 sites.  http://f6design.com/journal/2006/10/21/the-visual-design-of-web-20/ There are some things we in the Access world could learn to make our apps look and feel a bit more modern. Here are some concepts that Jonathan identifies: Use of colors primary colors, rounded everything, Providing something that is free to…

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