Silverlight 4 PathListBox

1 04 2010

I’ve been catching up on the sessions I missed during MIX10. There were quite a few to say the least. I think that Christian Schormann & Peter Blois’s session on Blend 4 was one of the sessions many visitors missed due to it colliding with Joe Belfiore’s introduction to WP7.

Schormann and Blois talked a lot about a new control called PathListBox, which is totally awesome. Jump with me –>

PathListBox Silverlight Blend

Read the rest of this entry »





Mix10 Day Zero – Arrival and Workshops

18 03 2010

Part 2

On sunday, following an excellent Italian themed lunch, the second workshop started. I’d decided to attend the session on design tools and methods. The workshop was held by the incredibly talented Rossi brothers; Guido Rossi and Luigi Rossi of Archetype

archetype

Read the rest of this entry »





Doodling with Expression Blend

10 02 2010

In the wake of Prinsessan Kawaii, I’ve been given a slice of non-committed time to fill with something entertaining. As I’ve become more interested with web design lately, I’ve tried out my very basic skills in this field by making “one design a day” for three days. Just choosing a theme and going with it. All these designs are made with Expression Blend (not a single line of code written). I would also like to point out once again that these are the result of a few hours work each and that they’re not “the pride and joy of me”. It’s more like a learning opportunity.

blend

See all the designs after the split

 

Read the rest of this entry »





Creating Silverlight animations easily with Blend

15 12 2009

By far the best part with Expression Blend for me is how laughingly easy it is to create animations in a quick and easy way. I’m going to demonstrate how we create a simple two object animation which I can use in Silverlight.

Expression Blend

Read the rest of this entry »





My weekend with Blend and Surface

7 12 2009

This Friday, I got a call from my Boss with a capital "B”. He told me that there had been an interesting development in a business case and that my colleagues Michael and Johan were already on it but that I might want to get in on the ground floor. This turned out to be correct. One of the parts of the project was Surface related (my secret desire, how I yearn for you).

Long story short, I spent a good part of the weekend learning to use Microsoft Expression and making Surface concept images. Expression is indeed a powerful tool and if nothing else, it makes animating objects child’s play. I could never have made some of the animations I made in Expression with regular XAML.

The project and customer are still secret I’m afraid but I’ll post a Surface concept image still.

Slide2 simple

This is a mockup of a radial control which each user has access to literally at their fingertips. I had a lot of fun with the project and I really hope we’re able to sell the idea to the customer.





Expression Blend and Sketchflow

3 12 2009

One of the topics at yesterday’s talk was a semi-new feature in Expression Blend. Sketchflow is a kind of modeling tool where rough sketches of a program’s user interface and site structure is put together in a quick fashion. It’s supposed to be used as a part of a agile development process. Or as my colleague Mr.Mike put it:

“It will allow you to fail fast, instead of late in a development cycle”

sfMap[1]

More pics after the break.

Read the rest of this entry »





I Want To Learn – Expression Blend

3 12 2009

As I mentioned in my Previous Post, I’ve realized that I can go no longer without learning at least a little Expression Blend. Whenever I mention the technology to a Silverlight developer they all smile that “Ooh-I-love-that-program-to-pieces” smile.

I’ve been tasked with a high profile graphical task at work by one of my bosses. I feel that neither nifty buttons or handwritten animations will do the trick this time. Any suggestions on good resources for learning Expression Blend would be appreciated.

Expression Blend Help

A side note: This is Blend for .Net 4, but any help is appreciated