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  • Silverlight Advanced MVVM Video Player

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Apr 20, 2010 (2 months ago)
    Michael Washington has posted part 2 of his article Simplified MVVM: Silverlight 4 Video Player and this time he creates a full featured Silverlight MVVM Video Player.

    This project creates a fully "Designable" Silverlight Video Player. This is not to be confused with a "Skinable" Video Player. A Skinable Video Player allows you to change the look and feel of the existing controls of the Video Player. A Designable player, allows a Designer to use ANY set of controls to implement the Video Player. For example, a Designer could replace all the buttons with a single dial that a user rotated into different positions, or they could change the method a user uses to select from the list of available videos. This can be done in Expression Blend without writing any code.

  • Designing with Microsoft Expression Blend

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Mar 30, 2010 (2 months ago)
    Tags: Expression Blend , Tutorials , Design , Silverlight 3 , Shane Morris
    Shane Morris has a great tutorial in which he dives deeper into Expression Blend and explains how to take your portfolio prototype into production by using Microsoft Silverlight.

    We’ll cover navigation, layout, and sample data—all without writing a line of code! Pay attention because there’s a quiz at the end to test what you’ve learned!

  • Digital Jugendstil TextEffect (Art Nouveau) - Silverlight 3

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Mar 29, 2010 (2 months ago)
    SilverLaw has posted this nice Tag cloud example and a UserControl called Art Nouveau.

    This example is the result on making heavy experimental use of effects on a Textblock element. It has a visual appearance that reminds me of Jugendstil (Art Nouveau). Therefore I called it "Digital Jugendstil".

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Mar 26, 2010 (3 months ago)
    SilverLaw has posted an example of a Silverlight 3 Shining Font Design and a video related to it.

    I published a new demo video on how to create a light glossy 3D effect for a Silverlight 3 Textblock control with Expression Blend 3. Watch the step-by-step video at LawBot on Silverlight, my video channel on

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jan 15, 2010 (5 months ago)

    Matthias Shapiro explains how to build a Gradient strip for Silverlight or WPF in Blend.

    This is just a little trick to get a nice flexible striped gradient in Silverlight or WPF.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Oct 15, 2009 (8 months ago)
    In this article Tyson Damman talks about the design side of Silverlight.

    Silverlight is a formidable option for delivering rich web content. There are some obvious flaws still, but for a program in its earlier stages, It has some pretty muscular legs. I would love to see some more exploration into making this a more powerful design tool with options for transparent video and blending modes, a much stronger typography engine, and options for guides and guide layers.

    The first part of this article can be found here.
  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Oct 08, 2009 (8 months ago)
    Tags: Design
    John Bruin was inspired to make Silverlight Wordle and the result is pretty cool.

    Do you know the fantastic Wordle by Jonathan Feinberg?
    It inspired me to make Silverlight Wordle and I can tell you that it looks much easier than it is…

    The result is a bit slow and there are still some collision detection bugs but it looks pretty cool, don’t you think!?

  • Visual State Manager Tips for Design and Authoring

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Oct 05, 2009 (8 months ago)

    In this post Steve from the Expression Blend and Design team explains about the runtime piece called Visual State Manager that Silverlight and WPF have.

    As I’ll describe in this post, VSM and the Expression Blend tooling support for VSM lend a nice clean mental model to the business of visual states and visual state changes for both custom controls and UserControls.

    Although chronologically the story begins with the control author, I’ll talk about that aspect later in this post simply because there are more people in the world concerned with the visual stuff than with the logical stuff. The visual aspect begins in Blend, with a set of already-defined visual states organized into groups in the States panel.

  • Why Declarative UIs Are Important

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Sep 03, 2009 (9 months ago)
    Tags: User Interface , Design , Expression Blend , Behaviors
    Shawn Wildermuth wants to enhance the imprortance of using Declarative User Interfaces (or Declarative UIs).

    What makes Declarative UI's so seductive is that fact that putting non-UI code (or business logic) in the markup is not only difficult but tends to feel wrong. That sort of code sticks out like a thumb. In my opinion, it encourages the behavior of keeping the View as purely user interface code. Let's use Silverlight as an example of building using a Declarative UI.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Apr 10, 2009 (more than a year ago)
    Tags: VideoWiki , Design

    Jesse Liberty has posted the first cut at the design of the VideoWiki.

    The initial approach to designing the VideoWiki is to layout all the obvious pieces of the design, understanding that this will evolve over time. 

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