In the wake of all the glorious Silverlight announcements at MIX09, we’ve lined up a couple of sessions around the new features to be found in Expression Blend 3 and Silverlight 3. Microsoft are kindly providing the facilities of Cardinal Place (nr Victoria) so that we can accommodate a larger audience, and EMC Conchango will be providing the refreshments.

So, the details are:

Date: Wednesday 27th May 2009
Time: Registration @ 18:00, Kick off @18:30 – please don’t be late!
Till about 21:30

Microsoft London (Cardinal Place)
100 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL

You can register here or via Michelle.
Registered attendees will be notified on Monday 25th May.

By the way, Michelle and I have created a group on Facebook for the Silverlight UK User Group so that we can all keep in touch with other, and she also created an event the next meeting too.



Registration @18:00

Welcome/Kick off @ 18:30

“Expression Blend with Tricky”
with Tricky from TrickyBusiness

“We want to create something that the customer loves , enjoys and becomes an ambassador for” – there may be a thousand ways to do that and in this session you’ll hear from Tricky, Creative Director at TrickyBusiness about some of the ways that they go about designing unique experiences. We’ll include demos of real projects and go on to describe the functionality in the next version of Microsoft’s Expression tools to support it.

Learning opportunities:

Breakout for refreshments

Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3: what’s new for designers and developers
with Paolo from Microsoft

In this session we will see what new features are coming in Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3 to help create great user experiences, from the initial concept to production. We will take a look and dive into some of the new experience oriented features like SketchFlow, behaviours, sample data, pixel shaders, perspective 3D, animation enhancements, bitmap APIs and improvements to the media stack and the Silverlight 3 out-of-browser model.


Please register and I hope to see you there!


About Tricky

Tricky has been designing interactions since 1995 and is the founder of UK studio; TrickyBusiness, where his team create unique brand experiences for their clients. His work combines his passion for exceptional brands with his experience in interaction design, clients include: Microsoft, RBS, Audi, Reuters and Electronic Arts.

Design is an essential stage in the creation of rich interfaces and Tricky’s team are uniquely positioned to partner with technology companies; adding ideation, sketching and prototyping to the development process. This ensures that the user-experience is ‘right’ and the brand message is consistent. |


About Paolo

Paolo Barone has been working with Microsoft in the UK for the last three years. He joined as an Enterprise Strategy Consultant helping major customers to align their information technology strategy with their strategic business objectives and then moved in the Academic team to help Universities, Colleges and Schools to understand and learn the Microsoft Design and Development technologies and help them teach these to their students. Prior to joining Microsoft, he managed a team of designers and developers creating elearning content and management system for one of the world’s biggest corporations, supporting more than 20 countries and in 16 languages.

Paolo’s main area of interest are web and media, interaction and graphic design and user experience. |


Want to join the discussion?
The event is geared to please/interest/inform both developers and designers alike, so if you are interested in coming along then please contact either myself or Michelle Flynn (here) and we will be glad to take your details.

Want to present or showcase?
We are always on the lookout for presenters for future sessions – whether it be a high or low level coding walk through, a workflow perspective or showcase demo. If you think that you have a topic/presentation that ought to be shared with the community then please contact me (here) and I’ll see if I can get you scheduled in!

In addition to emailing us directly there is also a Facebook group for the "Silverlight UK User Group" that we set up. Check for updates there too!


This is a cross post from my EMC blog, mainly for backup duplicity and to aggregate some of my past postings. My EMC blog used to be under the Conchango brand but was acquired by EMC so I’ve also retrospectively refreshed some of the old links and maybe a tweak a bit of content too.
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