Awesome SketchFlow Book Available

Over this past last year I’ve had so many great discussions on SketchFlow, and what an amazing tool it can be for rapidly prototyping and developing ideas. Very recently a co-worker and friend of mine, Sara Summers, completed her book Dynamic Prototyping with SketchFlow in Expression Blend. Sara is a User Experience Evangelists and she…


Application Skinning in WPF and Silverlight

Over the past two years we’ve seen some incredible applications built on WPF and Silverlight. But application style doesn’t happen on its own, and many of the questions I’m asked these days are centered around application styling and custom controls. As our fiscal year comes to an end, and with Silverlight 3 and WPF 4…


Clean Prototyping with Compositions

By now you’ve hopefully seen SketchFlow and how it can help you conceptualize your projects before turning them into reality. If not, I highly recommend you check out the Mix ‘09 session Sketch Flow: From Concept to Production. One of the tasks common to prototyping and actual development is planning navigation between pages (or screens)….


The Role of Sketching in Software Development

It only been since 2006 that we seriously started to drive WPF adoption, and Silverlight 2 hit the web just a scant 11 months ago. Still, in such short time ISVs have created some amazing things with these platforms. Unfortunately, though the platforms themselves have seen some serious adoption, inclusion of design in the software…


Silverlight and WPF Controls

WPF and Silverlight have been out for a while now, and the number of controls available for these platforms is surprising. Consider this rather comprehensive list of Silverlight controls by Tim Heuer with at least 17 vendors and over 160 controls. Or this list of around 30 tools and libraries for WPF. If you need…


XAMLfest Going Online

Several of you joined us last October for the pilot XAMLfest in Houston Texas. The tour has grown up quite a bit since then, and we’re now starting to cover Silverlight 3 and Blend 3. Even better, we’re taking the tour online so you don’t have to leave the office to attend or get a…


Blend Tips and Tricks

I’ll be presenting Blend Tips and Tricks for application designers in a few venues over the next two months. The first session is tomorrow night at the D2Sig user group here in Houston. As usual, I’m ‘borrowing’ from other excellent resources created by excellent people within Microsoft to do this presentation. I’d like to give…


Houston TechFest Tomorrow

It’s a rare occasion that I get out of bed before 10 AM on a Saturday. Even less common is that I’m doing it to present. But the good news is I’m really looking forward to my sessions tomorrow at Houston TechFest. I hope to meet cool people that have interesting questions. Though maybe a…


Virtual Earth in Silverlight with VIEWS

I recently had the honor of participate in Incubation Week out in Silicon Valley. Leading up to the event we realized that at least two out of our six participants wanted to integrate Virtual Earth and Silverlight. I searched for guidance online but only turned up a few browser interop samples. I didn’t find any…


Silverlight Image Search

I finally turned a demo I do frequently for my ISVs into a MSDN Screencast: Check it out. This was based on Scott Guthrie’s Digg sample.