Enforce Design Guidelines With Styles And Behaviors

Often times, the design for an interface calls for guidelines that cannot be sufficiently controlled with styles in a Silverlight resource dictionary alone. Take for instance, the Windows Phone interface shown below, and imagine that the design guidelines specify that the application/page name (the red arrow is pointing to this element) is supposed to be in all caps….


Transitions, Animations, and Effects with Blend – Part One

Recently, I was invited to speak at a Portland Silverlight user group meeting about designing great application experiences using Silverlight and Blend, and in doing so I demonstrated a lot of the cool new capabilities that Blend provides for easily creating transitions, animations, and effects. The meeting was a lot of fun, and I covered a lot, so…


Windows System Color Theme for Silverlight – Part Three

The Windows system color theme for Silverlight now includes styles for all toolkit controls except charts and graphs (these will be themed shortly). When theming the remaining controls, we decided to make a few changes to all controls… All button controls are now slightly rounded to add a bit of visual interest to the set The “Animated” property for text…


Silverlight 4 Notification Window Class

Tim Heuer has a great blog post on the new NotificationWindow class for Silverlight 4 Out-Of-Browser applications. This class allows you to create notifications or ‘Toast’ for your Out-Of-Browser applications when you need to provided helpful information to the user as they are interacting with the application. Tim provides great visuals for the notification window in…


Windows System Color Theme for Silverlight – Part Two

The SDK controls are now themed in the Windows system color theme style, and the Toolkit controls will be themed very soon! The updated project is available for download here. For those of you who desire a bit more contrast in the theme, particularly for high contrast color modes, there are a few approaches you can take… One…


Windows System Color Theme for Silverlight

Accessibility is important to consider when designing applications. Not only do those with visual, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities benefit from software that is accessible, but those without these disabilities benefit as well. Silverlight makes it possible to create applications that address accessibility needs, and some colleagues of mine and I decided to explore…


Silverlight 3 Application Themes

Before I dive into the Silverlight 3 application themes, I would like to mention some research that my co-workers on the Visual Studio User Experience Team are doing focused on professional and non-professional web/application developers. The research involves… A short survey A telephone interview to discuss your development experiences A gratuity will be offered to…


Props to Two Cool Silverlight Applications

Props to Colaab and SchoolMaster; two nice looking Silverlight applications with very compelling functionality. Collab has been designed for people to upload, review, and collaborate on content in real time. I can imagine some great experiences this application will provide such as enabling design reviews of application Ux for geographically dispersed teams and many others. School Master…


Mix 09′ Was Amazing!

Mix 09′ was amazing! There were so many great announcements and a wide variety of very interesting presentations. The two keynotes were exciting as well, and I particularly enjoyed the keynote on day 2 where Deborah Adler talked in depth about how she designed a comprehensive system for packaging prescription medicine for her master’s thesis. Target saw great…


Silverlight 2 Public Release Candidate is Available Now

The first public release candidate for Silverlight 2 is available now, so please download it and start updating your applications as soon as you get a chance! You can download the release candidate and accompanying Visual Studio and Blend support for it here. I’ve started updating my applications; starting with my Red control skin. The Red skin…