User Experience – The Kettle.

  How many kettles have you owned over the years? is it more than one? has it always been the same one? It’s a pretty straight forward device, you fill it up with water, it heats up and then you tip the contents out into a container. Why then are there so many varieties of…

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Apple stole my whitespace.

I often meet up with a co-worker (Michael Bach, Product Manger & Designer for Microsoft.com/Web) and we talk all things design. As it for us is therapy given we are constantly surrounded by engineers within Microsoft 🙂 One insight Michael came up with the other night is that Apple own white. It got me thinking…

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Function, Form, Fashion – Shanemo.

Shane Morris, who for the few left that don’t know is one of our User Experience Evangelists in Australia. Shane’s actually got a deep background in Usability and is a lot of his fingerprints on our upcoming release of Expression Blend – Sketchflow. He seems to have recently done a presentation on “Function, Form and…

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Design First, Engineer Second.

A lot of the time folks write off Apple customers as simply being MacTards, fans that are so pre-occupied with Apple and less about the products they make. In part that can be true, I’ve meet some extreme ignorant fans, but in general that’s not true at all. I’ve meet a lot of fans of…

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Engineer and Designer walk into a bar..

An Engineer and a Designer walks into a bar, and notices a picture hanging on the wall. It’s a picture of a dog screwing in a light bulb. The engineer turns to the designer and says “that’s just not possible, the dog hasn’t got opposable thumbs..” the designer turns and says “I disagree, he has,…

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I hate it when a designer touches XAML..

I’ve meet with a few die-hard Silverlight developers in my time and some feedback I get at times is how designers produce bad XAML. “..I hate it when a designer touches XAML..” – oh? why? My first thought was, “bad XAML?” how on earth can a designer produce bad XAML. *confused look* After digging I…

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How to: Make Innerglows with Expression Blend.

I’m knee deep in a WPF project i’m writing for my team. I had the need today to have an innerglow, and noticed that we seem to have forgotten this little BitmapEffect of goodness (which I’ll be promptly hassling Jon tomorrow for in the next revision). That being said, as stubborn as I am I…

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Silverlight Experiment: Create a PullDown Menu using Storyboards.

This is a basic example of how to create a "PullDown Menu" using Silverlight and Expression Blend. The Objectives The GUI will have a PullDown Menu (UserControl) under the main outer chrome. It’s intended that when a user clicks on the "MainMenu" it will not only change state, but animate down or up (depending on…

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WebDesign 2008 – Going from Wireframe Zero to UX Hero

July 21st Seattle – I’ll be speaking at the WebDesign 2008 conference here in Seattle on "Going from Wireframe Zero to UX Hero". The session is basically going to cover the "How" I guess on what’s next after you’ve made the leap of deciding to adopt our technology (Silverlight or WPF). I’ll be showcasing a…

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