Bytes by MSDN: Windows 8 User Experience Design

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David Kelley, Principal UX Architect for [wire] stone, shares his experiences building apps for Windows 8.  He and Tim Huckaby discuss building digital experiences that connect with app users, and urge fellow developers to begin doing the same leveraging the Windows devcenter and resources found at GenerationApp.  

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About David


David has been building Targeted Customer eXperience's primarily on the web and offline for over 12+ years.  David is currently the Principal UX (User eXperience) Architect for [wire] stone and a closet futurist writing for a number of blogs including vNext, Interact Seattle, and more.  Currently his main focus is in the immersive touch experiences such as retail kiosks or touch walls and mobile applications including windows 8 and windows phone.  Other Career highlight's include the Silverlight Bill Gates demo at TechEd 08, the Entertainment Tonight Emmy Award site for the Silverlight launch and becoming a Silverlight MVP in 2009 as well as his work with [wire] stone including the Nike Touch-wall and the Microsoft retail store.  In his spare time David helps run Interact Seattle (Seattle's Designer Developer Interaction Group) as well as vNext Global.  Outside of work David enjoys the outdoors, family, travel as well as all things transhumanist.

About Tim

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Tim Huckaby is focused on the Natural User Interface (NUI) in Rich Client and Rich Internet Application (RIA) Technologies like Silverlight & WPF on the computer, the Surface, and Windows Phone 7. He has been called a "Pioneer of the Smart Client Revolution" by the press.

Tim has been awarded multiple times for the highest rated Keynote and technical presentations for Microsoft and numerous other technology conferences around the world by Microsoft Corporation. Tim has done presentations on Microsoft technologies at technology events like Microsoft Tech Ed, Product Launch events, Dev Days, MEC, World Wide Partner Conference, MGB, MGX, and the PDC, along with 3rd party technology conferences all over the world is consistently rated in the top 10% of all speakers at these events. Tim was selected by Microsoft as a speaker for the International .NET Association and speaks at events world-wide on Microsoft's behalf. Tim has done keynote demos at big Microsoft events and product launches for numerous Microsoft executives including Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.

Tim founded InterKnowlogy, experts in Microsoft .NET and Microsoft Platforms, and Actus Interactive Software, and has 25+ years experience including serving on a Microsoft product team as a development lead on an architecture team. Tim is a Microsoft Regional Director, an MVP and serves on multiple Microsoft councils and boards like the Microsoft .NET Partner Advisory Council.

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    David is a huge asset and has a keen eye for ensuring quality on any product. It is so important to be able to put thought processes from the beginning, to watch those thought processes go through the different stages of a project's evolution and to see them really work when everything comes together.

    It seems that this conversation is incomplete - having developers tuned to the idea of user experience is ideal, but to get there, wouldn't it take more than a developer talking to a developer to get enough clarity to really make it a driving interest for others who aren't as exposed to the concept as David is? Is Channel 9 the place for that thread of thought?

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    certainly the conversation is incomplete.  that is part of the issue with this kind of thing is that we have not as an industry gotten to a place where we act as composite or multi-disciplinary teams.  as a rule we are still throwing things over the fence at each other.  That's part of my frustration in UX in the industry.  by all means I'll talk to anyone that listens Smiley  it would be great to see a more of a ux discussion or maybe a UX show on msdn?  I'm down with it.  we could have local UX/IA/Dev and all kinds of people...  maybe a show called {interact} ?  Wink 

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