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…


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 Control Skins

Last week, Silverlight 2 beta one was the hot topic at the Mix 08 conference that took place in Las Vegas, and rightly so, as it now has even more great functionality to offer, and you can find out about specific details on Silverlight.net or on Scott Guthrie’s blog. Scott’s blog also contains several very…