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Christian Schormann

Monday, April 5, 2010

IPad – First Contact: Is this Faux Leather I Saw…?

This morning one of my colleagues stepped in my office and handed me an elegant curved device from metal and glass. You of course guessed it, it was an iPad, for my curious eyes and hands to play with.

First thing I did was to fire up the Notes application. I looked at the header bar and blinked. But the header bar still appeared rendered as faux leather complete with seams.


posted by cs at 19:15  

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mix Session: Windows Phone UI and Design Language

Michael Smuga, Albert Shum and Chad Roberts have a talk at Mix about Windows Phone UI and Design Language. The talk is in Mandalay Ballroom A from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.

Like all mix videos, it will also be made available as online video at http://live.visitmix.com.

posted by cs at 23:48  

Friday, February 19, 2010

Luke Wroblewski on Windows Phone 7 Series UX

Yahoo’s Chief Design Architect, Luke Wroblewski, put together a blog post that comments on the use of animation in Windows Phone 7 Series, including an interesting sampler of video snippets illustrating his points. 

Read the article here

posted by cs at 17:20  

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Series: An Exciting Journey

This is an exciting time for designers of user experience. Our world is bursting from its seams, and I think we have an exciting journey ahead of us (see also this post):


posted by cs at 01:16  

Monday, February 8, 2010

SketchFlow: Exploring Ideas

SketchFlow, the prototyping environment in Expression Blend, lets you build deep, dynamic prototypes with a lot of “real” interactivity.

Sometimes, these deep prototyping abilities make it easy to forget about another side of SketchFlow – the side that lets you explore and “mind map” ideas without having to think about UI details earlier than you need to.


posted by cs at 06:36  

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Visual State Manager: Goals

Our goal for Silverlight 2 was to provide a control skinning model that is imminently usable for visual designers, providing an easy entry ramp, yet with sufficient power for sophisticated application skins. Our design goals did include:


posted by cs at 07:41  

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Creating Control Skins with Visual State Manager – An Introduction

Styling dynamic visuals, or “skinning”, is an important task for visual designers working on interactive applications for web and desktops. With Beta 2 of Silverlight, and the associated June preview of Expression Blend, we are making this work much easier and faster – and we are adding more creative options at the same time.


posted by cs at 06:00  

Sunday, May 4, 2008

User Experience: Ahead, an Exciting Journey

The supported vocabulary of user experience has been surprisingly stable over the last two decades. I believe that over the next 10 years we will experience a more exciting journey.


posted by cs at 22:23  

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Video Table: A Concept Study

In the Mix 2007 keynote, Metalliq demonstrated a video editing application under the somewhat unexpected name Top Banana. This application was based on Video Table, the outcome of a few days of casual experimentation in 2006. This post gives a short description of the idea behind Video Table, and of some of the ideas in the original prototype that were not shown in Top Banana.



posted by cs at 22:10  

Monday, April 21, 2008

An Interview from Mix 2008

At Mix 08, zoom in online interviewed me about Microsoft Expression and user experience.

There is also an interview with Eric Zocher, the General Manager of the Expression Group.

    Christian Schormann 

posted by cs at 06:59  

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