Category: Graphical User Interface (GUI)

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Creating a designer & developer workflow end to end.

  When I was at Microsoft we had one mission really with the whole Silverlight & WPF platform(s) – create a developer & designer workflow that keeps both parties working productively. It was a mission that i look back on even to this day with annoyance, because we never even came close to scratching the…




The Cost of Design.

It was the HTML generation that first gave mainstream hints that with a good designer in the cubicle you could in turn have a positive effect to business. That is to say by opening a simple browser, navigating to an address and interacting with “forms” that you in turn could begin taking consumerism to a…




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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…




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Just an old observation about Apple.

Over the past week I’ve been quite busy writing a Product Strategy for a mining consultancy who today has a very specific niche offering here in Australia. The company is for me personally a fun place to be in, despite the weirdness of working for the mining industry (if you’re going to innovative UX, trust…


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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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The 6 things that annoy me when you design my software.

1. Stop making bottleneck software Technically you could write most software today as one big mega-class with loads of switch / if&else statements. If you did that, not only would every other developer you come across immediately punch you in the nose but it would also become hard to maintain over time. We agree that…




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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…