In Part Two of the Expression series of videos, we take a look at Expression Design.
Design is a tool which allows artists to create images that can be exported as XAML, allowing them to be used in WPF-based applications.
It also represents a big leap in mindset in terms of the way applications are designed at Microsoft. It doesn't "look" like a Microsoft developer product. Rather, it was designed so that artists would feel at home when using it. By default, the interface is
slate - much like Vista's default color scheme - and it looks like it could blend into the background for an artist working in the dark.
Another interesting aspect of Design is that it was built with WPF, yet WPF is what it outputs. A result is that, as the tool for designing WPF images was being built, issues with WPF itself were found. The tool, then, not only outputs WPF, but also helped
to shape what WPF became.
But I'll stop describing - there's plenty of footage of the app in the video
Watch away, people...