My last Microsoft blog post

Well, after three and a bit very enjoyable years it’s time to sign off from Microsoft. Back in 2006 when Frank Arrigo hired me as one of Microsoft’s first User Experience Evangelists, we had a simple, exciting, and challenging, mission: To make Microsoft relevant to designers, and to make design relevant to Microsoft developers. Since…


UXpod Interview: Microsoft Surface and multi-touch interfaces

Late last year my good friend Gerry Gaffney interviewed me for his UXpod podcast. We chatted about Microsoft Surface, the Lonely Planet project and designing multi-touch and tangible UI’s in general. It was great to chat with Gerry, and an honour to be included in such prestigious company! Read the transcript or download the audio…


OZCHI Next Week in Melbourne

OZCHI is Australia’s annual Human-Computer Interaction Conference, where academics and practitioners get together to share the latest research and thinking around all things HCI. I went to my first OZCHI back in 1993, and my second Melbourne OZCHI will be next week from 25-27 of November, with workshops and tutorials in the two days beforehand….


Surface SDK now available to all

If you’re dying to try your hands (get it?) at developing for Surface, then you’ll be please to know that The Surface SDK Workstation Edition is now available to all at Also, a bunch of information is appearing on MSDN, TechNet, Download Centre etc. But, why paraphrase when I can copy and Paste? Microsoft…


What does Microsoft have to offer Digital Agencies? Microsoft Innovation Days

In December DPE (where I work at Microsoft) and the Partner Team are getting together to run a series of “Innovation Days” in five Australian cities. Innovation Days are a rapid tour of some of the latest goodies from Microsoft, with a focus on how they can benefit your business. We’ve divided the day into…


My two talks at Tech-Ed Australia and New Zealand

I will be doing two presentations at Tech-Ed on the Gold Coast (8-11 Sep) and Auckland (14-16 Sep). The first talk is in the Architecture track, and the second in the Web/UX track. Silverlight Won’t Save Your User Experience, You Will. You think adding a Silverlight UI to your application will solve your usability problems?…


UX Australia – Canberra 26-28 August

The first ever UX Australia Conference is coming up in August in Canberra. Donna, Steve, Andrew and Danielle have a great line-up of speakers from Australia and overseas. Oh, and me. I’m doing 3 presentations (gulp!): 1. Pre-conference Workshop: Interaction Design Studio This Half-day workshop focuses on building skills generating and critiquing user interface design…


Remix Australia Lonely Planet Surface Demo

The Lonely Planet Surface application that Amnesia Razorfish showed at Remix has been generating heaps of interest, so I’m pleased to say that the videos are finally online for your viewing pleasure. First check out the Lonely Planet keynote demo (around 7.5 minutes): Then for more detail on designing for touch and multitouch, and for…


Surface SDK now available to Microsoft Partners

While Surface units are still not available in Australia, Aussie companies who are champing at the bit to give Surface design and development a try can now at least get access to the SDK and simulator, and get started working on Surface applications. Microsoft partners can now sign up to the Surface Partner Program. The…


Wacom offers for Remix Australia attendees

Remix Australia is on tomorrow, and Wacom are offering some great deals on Intuos3 tablets. Check them out at the Wacom stand. Microsoft Partner and Remix sponsor Wacom to offer limited number of heavily discounted professional graphics tablets exclusively for Remix attendees. The Intuos3 professional graphics tablet (as used during Lord Of The Rings production)…