Robby Ingebretsen : Designers, Developers and Integrators

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You may be a developer who sometimes does layout or has to spend time slicing images to stuff into your UI.  Or you may be a designer who wants to get that control to function a certain way, so much that you crack open the code.  These hybrid tasks exist and in my mind have become more pronounced with new client technologies like WPF and SIlverlight.  Enter the Integrator or at least the recognition of Integration tasks.

Robby Ingebretsen has thought a lot about this and shares his ideas with us in the video.  We cover the workflow and planning for these three roles, and how Expression Blend fits in. 

As an extra tool for Integrators he shows off the Blendables tool set.  A unique set of controls in the sense that they really seem to target UI designers and developers.



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    Very interesting video.

    I guess I am an "integrator"--web designer/web developer--or int for short. Wink

    Used to do Flash but lately doing mostly videos.

    When will the Expression Studio have NLE video and  motion graphics applications as part of the Expression Studio?


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    Great video Robby, nicely put.  One correction though...being a former employee at frog design, the integrator role at frog is known as the "Design Technologist", not technician.

    Coming from frog as a senior developer and working in a workflow that works, what Robby dicussed is dead on right.  You need the middle man, the integrator, to bring the technical aspects of WPF and the design together.  Most developers are too technical and muck up, or over complicate, the implementation of the design.  My background is in digital graphic design, but I migrated into the developer world and have been doing it the last 11 yrs.  I find myself enjoying the role as the "integrator" more and more with WPF, mainly because it blends my two skills together.

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