Game Graphics Created in Expression Design

Today I wanted to share some game prototyping graphics created in Expression Design.   These are useful for would-be game developers who happen to be missing a set of quality graphics and/or people who want sample files that can help them understand basic vector drawing techniques. For example, the following is something I created using Design:…


Expression Blend 2 August Preview Live!

You can get to the preview either through the Expression website or the Download Center:   Expression site:   Download Center:   Also available is the Update for the Expression Media Encoder Preview…this update ensures templates work properly with the latest Silverlight bits:  


Expression Blend and Studio: problem installing Visual Studio from included DVD

The Expression team has become aware of a problem with the Visual Studio 2005 Standard DVD included in the packaging of the Expression Blend and Expression Studio products (specifically, setup repeatedly prompts for the DVD). Please accept our sincere apologies for our mistake and, if you’re affected by this issue, here is a temporary remedial…


Blend 1.0 Survey- Win a Free Zune!

Hello,The Microsoft Expression Blend Program Management team is currently working  on planning features for future versions of Expression Blend. We encourage all newsgroup participants to take our Blend 1.0 Survey and send us your feedback. All participants will be eligible to enter a drawing to win a free Zune!The deadline for submitting a survey response…


Samples and Tutorials for Expression Blend have been updated to match the Release Candidate!

The Samples and Tutorials for Expression Blend have been updated with the following changes: The samples and tutorials now reflect the Release Candidate (RC) build of Expression Blend.  Additional sources of tutorials and samples were added to the bottom of Samples and Tutorials Gallery – Expression Blend. Each of the tutorials appears much longer than…


Samples and Tutorials Gallery – Expression Blend

For Expression Blend tutorials, there are a lot of great resources on the web you can visit: Google, Live. On the team itself, we have quite a few people who write tutorials on Expression Blend / Silverlight / WPF: NibblesTutorials (Celso Gomes) – Blend / WPF Tutorials (Kirupa Chinnathambi) – Blend / Silverlight Tutorials (Kirupa Chinnathambi)…


Generating key splines from a Path drawn in Blend

In Blend you can author keyframes with ease out and ease in interpolation to give your animations acceleration and deceleration: in other words, life. You can also draw a motion path and animate an element along it. A value curve is a graph of the change in a property value over time, and the combination…


Keyframe easing and key splines

An animation authored in Blend contains keyframes. The animation defines which element/property to affect and each keyframe defines a key time at which a value should be in effect. The process of animating the property values between successive key times is called interpolation. Let’s say you’re translating an element from the top of a Grid…


Expression Blend — What Is That?

Expression Blend is an authoring system for professional designers to build user experiences that target the .NET 3.0 platform, and more specifically, WPF, or Windows Presentation Foundation. WPF provides the platform to bring rich, animated, skin-able, UX envelope-pushing applications to the desktop. Applications that blend content, media and user interface into real user experiences. WPF…


Announcing the Microsoft Expression Blend Beta 1

Thanks for being patient! The previous CTP of Expression Interactive Designer was back in September. Since then the team has been focused on some major changes to the product ready for today’s announcement of our first beta. A list of all the new features is given below but something you’ll notice immediately is that the…