The 96,000 New PowerPoint Slide Designs

It’s the age-old question of presenters everywhere: “Which PowerPoint slide design should I use?” I know the feeling so well of booting PowerPoint and looking through the same old 15 tired slide designs that everyone uses, knowing full well that I would only consider using three of them. So when the PowerPoint team set off…

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New Product Icons for Office 2007

One of the projects our design team has been working on for the last year or so has been the development of a new suite of product icons for Office 2007. Here are the 32×32 versions of the icons which will appear in the final product: The design team has been working on these icons…

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Nice for Mice: Menu Tabs

Last week, I wrote about some of the work we’ve done to make the minimized Ribbon work well with the new keyboard model. I even posted a movie showing the new feature in action if you want to see what it looks like. A few months ago as we were doing the work to build…

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Taking the Minimized Ribbon to the Max

One of the many areas in which we’ve spent time since Beta 2 has been making working with the collapsed Ribbon a more realistic option. Since the very first public build of the new user interface, you’ve been able to collapse the Ribbon to just the names of the tabs by using CTRL+F1 or by…

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Office 2007 Silver on Windows XP Silver

On Monday, I wrote a little post with a screenshot of the third Office 2007 color scheme, Silver. I took the screenshot on Windows Vista both because that’s all I had running on my home computer at the time and because I wanted to show some of the integration between the new visuals and Aero…

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Silver Bullet

I couple of months ago I mentioned that we were working on a third color scheme for Office 2007, as well as continuing to tweak the visuals of the so-called “northwest” corner of the apps (the upper-left corner.) I was planning on waiting until we finalized the visuals before posting pictures and more information, but…

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Iterative Design Process Applied to Charting

I know I seldom do two posts in a day, but in addition to Rich’s guest article, I wanted to point to a very interesting article Sander, one of our designers, wrote on the Excel blog. The article is focused around the charting experience, but he posted some of the screenshots of the early prototypes we…

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Computers Can Do That? (Real People Study, Part 4)

Today’s Guest Writer: Rich Grutzmacher Rich Grutzmacher is a Program Manager on the Office User Experience team. He helped coordinate one of the long-term, real-world studies conducted on early Office 2007 builds. This is the fourth in a series of entries where I will share with you some of the lessons we learned by following…

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Putting the Feedback to Work (Real People Study, Part 3)

Today’s Guest Writer: Rich Grutzmacher Rich Grutzmacher is a Program Manager on the Office User Experience team. He helped coordinate one of the long-term, real-world studies conducted on early Office 2007 builds. This is the third in a series of entries where I will share with you some of the lessons we learned by following…

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Presenting Office UI Prodcasts

A couple of months ago I was interviewed by Shawn Murray, who is putting together a set of podcast-style interviews to help people learn more about Office 2007 and related products. These recordings are available as MP3 or Windows Media Audio (.wma) files and can be listened to on any computer or device. Recently, Shawn publicly posted my…

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