SDDN Sydney Meeting

As Miguel has posted, there is a new Silverlight Designers and Developers Network (SDDN) group starting in Sydney, and meeting for the first time this coming Tuesday, May 5th.  I will be speaking about styling in Silverlight, based upon my current article series hosted over at the website.  I’ll be covering styling from introductory concepts through to advanced topics.  Here’s the invitation if you’d like to come along…

This meeting we will see Chris Anderson (blog), from Peer Placements will be discussing advanced styling in Silverlight for both developers and designers. Topics will cover styling strategies, tools, advanced xaml techniques, fashions, and a discussion on designing user experiences.    

Jordan Knight (Blog) from Readify will run through the exciting new features in Silverlight 3, and demonstrate how you might use them in a real working reference application. This in depth session will cover perspective 3D, pixel shaders, navigation features, out of browser and much more. Other concepts like Model-View-ViewModel, dependency injection, unit testing and designing template friendly (read designer friendly) applications will also be touched upon.  


Attendees will have the opportunity to win a copy of the full Expression 2 suite, worth $1000!  

When and Where?  

The date and time: Tuesday May 5 at 6:00 PM for a 6:30 PM start.  

The venue is the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel, Level 2, Pyrmont, NSW. See map for details.  

Attendance is FREE, but please RSVP by entering your details in the registration in the registration tool on the site ( or send an email to  

Who will this group interest?  

The focus of the group is not just on developers. Traditionally developers have had great community support, whereas designers not so much… now that Silverlight 2 is out we plan to change this.  

Silverlight is as interesting for developers as it is for designers. Due in part to Silverlight’s excellent separation of design and development concerns we have new problems to solve around finding the best ways to work together.  

To this end the SDDN will facilitate an ongoing discussion and promote the development of ideas and best practices for anyone who works with Silverlight.  

To register interest head over to Use the registration tool in the header of the site.


Building a Silverlight Line-Of-Business Application – Part 7.2

After a slight delay due to preparing for my Code Camp and SDNUG presentations, here’s part 2 of my styling series.  In this article I cover fashions in UI design, choosing fonts and colours, and using animations and icons and themes.  I then take a look at some good examples of design in Silverlight.  Based on feedback from my first article I threw in some additional discussion about designing user experiences vs designing user interfaces.  You can read the article here: