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  • Blog Post: Smart technology and fashion merge in a skirt made of Nokia Lumia 1520 phones

    In the Oscar-nominated “Her” the protagonist of the not-so-distant future wears the smartest smartphone ever in his shirt pocket and talks to it all day. In our present, people wear watches and glasses that do everything our smartphones do – and more. But this year at London Fashion...
  • Blog Post: A 3D-printed robotic suit that gives back the gift of mobility

    It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything about 3D printing but the other day CNET featured a story about a pretty amazing application of 3D printing that can’t be ignored: helping a woman walk for the first time in 22 years. In 1992, Amanda Boxtel was paralyzed from the waist...
  • Blog Post: Boards of keys at Microsoft

      Over the last year, I’ve been a big proponent of design at Microsoft – there are a ton of amazing designers here doing beautiful work on products such as Xbox, Surface, Office, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 as well as PC hardware such as the Wedge Mouse and Wedge...
  • Blog Post: Visual.ly

    A few posts here recently have talked about the rise of data and visualizations as a way to gain insight from the data. As good as visualizations can be, there are some bad ones out there too. Not everyone has the New York Times or Wired visualization team at their disposal so it’s cool to hear...
  • Blog Post: 23 acre AIDS Memorial Quilt goes digital

    One of the goals of user experience design is that the technology fades into the background, so the only thing a person sees or experiences is the content and the message it conveys. I saw a great example of this recently in a browser experience of the AIDS Memorial Quilt – each panel commemorates...
  • Blog Post: Yves Béhar: Connecting To Consumers Through Ideas

    I’m a fan of PSFK – their website covers a lot of areas I’m personally interested in and that overlaps nicely with many of the themes here on Next at Microsoft. Technology, creativity and design are key themes of their site and their events. At the recent San Francisco get together...
  • Blog Post: Sound and Sound Reproduction: a conversation with Gareth Jones

    The third in a series of beautiful videos from in Microsoft UK’s developer evangelism team . Inspired by Metro, Andrew Spooner and the team are quite taken with all elements of design and I’m all for that if it results in videos like this. Gareth Jones is a record producer who has worked...
  • Blog Post: Cartoon time in Microsoft Australia

    Nice work by the boys down under – our DPE team in Australia. They sent me a link to Noise to Signal this week. Long Zheng beat me to this one…of course. It’s an interactive cartoon with a lot of fun elements and links out to useful site. They cover Kinect, IE9, Windows Phone and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's best designers in technology

    I'm something of a design junkie and have spent plenty of time over the last two years with designers at Microsoft. It’s been great to see the outside world recognize and even reward the design work over that time period. We can add a few more people to that list from the recent Business Insider...
  • Blog Post: Firenze BXT 2011 - What happened in Redmond

    I blogged last month about the Firenze student competition than ran here on our Redmond campus over a weekend. This video captures the key moments of the weekend and gives you a glimpse in to what it’s all about and what it means to Microsoft execs and students. It was great to hear Brie, Ross...
  • Blog Post: Modern art for the masses: A look at the new Fresh Paint

    A preview version of the new Fresh Paint app for Windows 8.1 is available now in the Windows Store. When Windows 8 arrived last fall, it also introduced the Fresh Paint app to the world. I wrote then about just how different it was from any other painting app I’d seen. Originally a Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: What Is Interaction Design?

    Last month I reported that Windows Phone 7.5 had won an interaction design award from the Interaction Design Association ’s (IxDA). It led a few people o ask my what interaction design is so rather than me (a non designer) try to explain, I thought I’d leave to the experts (and some of the...
  • Blog Post: CHI 2012: Microsoft Research explores the potential for emotional technology

    This year’s ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI, for short) wraps up today in Austin. It sounds like it was another amazing year for the conference. What’s really great about CHI is that it gives you a panorama of how technology and experience design is being...
  • Blog Post: Do you need a digital will?

    You’ve probably heard the phrase “digital memories” many times and like me, you likely think of this as digital photos and perhaps emails or other personal information that reside on a computer somewhere. Ask most people and I think they’d generally think this meant photos. I...
  • Blog Post: Weather Flow for Windows Phone 8

    This is a guest post by Ben Rudolph , a.k.a. Ben the PC Guy. Weather Flow , my favorite weather app for Windows Phone 7, is back with a brand-new Windows Phone 8 version that packs a bunch of new, very useful features. Just like it’s Windows Phone 7 counterpart, you get accurate current conditions...
  • Blog Post: 500px photography now featured on Bing

    Bing and social photo site 500px are both known for arrestingly beautiful photography. So it’s only natural that they’ve teamed up to showcase world-class photography by bringing select images from 500px’s community of mind-blowingly talented photographers to the Bing experience. ...
  • Blog Post: The Surface Blog

    The Surface Windows 8 Pro hits the shelves tomorrow and a lot of people have been talking about it. So it makes perfect sense that the Surface team would want to get in on the conversation. Yesterday, they did. For the initial post of the Surface blog, general manager Panos Panay talked up the hardware...
  • Blog Post: Keeping Cars Safe with Glanceable Design

    For all the talk about building cars that are more connected, what concerns Windows Embedded Automotive more than anything else is making them safer. It’s really all that experience designer David Walker focuses on. Before coming to Microsoft, David was a captain for Air Canada, and the airline...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone wins another design award

    A while back I posted about Microsoft scooping 7 IDEA awards for design excellence from The Industrial Designers Society of America . Yesterday, the IDEA 2011 People's Choice Award was announced and despite very stiff competition, Windows Phone won. Congrats to the Windows Phone design team …this...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s world of metro

    If there is one post I could rewrite on this site over the last few months, it would be the post I titled Connecting the dots: Microsoft E3 announcements . You can tell I’m not from a copy-writing background as that’s such a poor title. What I was really trying to observe in that post is...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Design Expo - students show some serious skill

    If you asked the average experience designer which companies they most want to work for, it’s a safe guess that Microsoft would not cross their lips. But one read through last week’s profiles of Manuel Lima , Sharon Martin Small or Rochelle Benavides should demonstrate that all is not as...
  • Blog Post: Designing the Future Driving Experience

    Every year, car makers roll out new concepts that tantalize our imaginations with what the future might hold: sleeker shapes, more efficient engines and, more recently, technological wizardry. There’s a fine line that separates the potential of technology and what’s appropriate for the driver...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft.com gets RWD

    For a very long time, the acronym RWD signaled Rear Wheel Drive to me. That shows a misspent youth checking out the pages of AutoTrader for second hand cars but I’m an adaptable chap and now when I hear RWD I think Responsive Web Design . I’ve been hearing the term a lot of late from my friends...
  • Blog Post: Navigation with way-finding graphics: with Tony Howard

    Another beautiful video in the design series from my friends in Microsoft UK’s developer evangelism team . As you may know, the Metro style that you see in Windows Phone, Xbox and Windows 8 is heavily influenced by way-finding graphics from airports, railway stations etc. I was in London recently...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics does Metro style

    Last week I blogged about Metro style design getting some attention of late. I’ve been immersing myself in the world of design at Microsoft over the last few months and I have found that Metro style runs deep. One of the questions I often get asked is whether Metro style will extend beyond the...
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