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UXAustralia my take-away opinionitis filled rant.

The past two days I had quite a positive experience at this year’s UX Australia and I cannot recommend how important that everyone next year attend. This is not your normal conference; I mean I have been to many conferences ranging from your barcamps, webjams, adobe maxs, techeds, techreadies, sxsw, mix, wwdc and so on….



Digital Skeuomorphism decoded.

There seems to be an undercurrent of contempt towards Digital Skeuomorphism – the art of taking real world subject material and dragging it kicking & screaming into your current UI design(s) (if you’re an iPad designer mostly). I’ve personally sat on the fence with regards to this subject as I do see merit in both…




VS2011 “Reimagined” – Class View

Note: The below is an attempt to contribute to the discussion around Visual Studio vNext and what I think personally should eventuate into features for future generations of Visual Studio. The objective behind this is not to declare the UI examples as “done” but more to provoke a discussion around ways in which the tool…




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Decoding the use of grey in Visual Studio vNext

Visual Studio team have put out some UI updates to the vNext release. The thing that struck a chord with this update is how flat and grey it’s become, that is they’ve taken pretty much all colors out of the tool and pushed it back to a grey based palette. Here are my thoughts: On…




Decoding Windows 8 UX Principles– Let Context breathe instead of the UI!

Last night I was sitting in a child psychologist office watching my son undergo a whole heap of cognitive testing (given he has a rare condition called Trisomy 8 Mosaicism) and in that moment I had what others would call a “flash” or “epiphany” (i.e. theory is we get ideas based on a network of…




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UXCAST: DataGrid or should it be Data Visualization.

I am working on a secret squirrel application. Can’t say much suffice to say I had a situation where a bunch of clients connect to a network – like most apps I guess. In this situation, I needed to inject a listening app to the overall network in that it needed to keep a pulse…


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THELAB: User Story Management – think beyond cards.

As a Hybrid I want the ability to create user stories into clusters so that I can isolate ideas into more finite pieces. The Problem. Seeing that most are probably likely to ask what the heck I mean?  A User Story by SCRUM standards is just a small two-sentence tid bit that gives one clues…




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UXCAST–Making Isometric Workflows inside Expression Blend–Part 1

I did it! and I feel exposed. I sat down tonight and put together my first of what may or may not be many (depending on how badly I get crit) screencasts around UI / UX + Microsoft Technology. In this video, I show folks how one can take a workflow design concept and inject…




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5 Things you ought to know when designing metro screens.

Having recently, gone full METRO lately, I have in turn created what I’d call my 5 things you ought to know going full metro list.  Here are five (5) things you probably might want to know if you head down this path like me? 1. Color choice is critical. The thing that stands out about…




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UX Lab: Changing the way you handle CRUD workflow

I often see a lot of consistent patterns in the way applications are being built when it comes to generic create, read, update and delete (CRUD) workflows . The usual pattern is that a screen starts off with a add/remove action followed by a very large datagrid and probably some paging. A user would then…


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