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Developing User Experiences

Posted in Avanade | Silverlight | UX at Saturday, November 22, 2008 6:42 AM Pacific Standard Time

About six months ago I decided to take a break from blogging without feeling bad about it. It was a nice break, but really my lack of blogging was mostly due to the type of work I was doing. I was working on an interesting project for a large media and entertainment company that combined Microsoft Excel and Project Server 2007 with lots of .NET 3.5 goodness like WCF and WF. While it was an interesting project, I wasn’t really working with the technology that really interests me: Silverlight.

But I’m excited to announce that Avanade has gotten serious about UX and has created a UX practice in the west region (where I work). I’m very fortunate to get to be a part of the leadership team for this practice and I’m excited to see where things are headed. So I’m now a User Experience Developer and I get to work with the technologies that I’m passionate about like Silverlight and WPF.

So what does it mean to be a User Experience Developer? Well, I feel like that is something that I still have to figure out. I know that putting User Experience in front of Developer doesn’t suddenly make you better at UX. However, I think it is much like when you first start out as a developer, you don’t really know what it means yet, but you’re setting out to become a developer. So hopefully by focusing on becoming better at UX I will in the process become a true UX developer and I’ll be bringing this blog along for the ride.

I’ve actually been working on a Silverlight project for the last couple of months and have some blog posts in the works already. So keep an eye out from some Silverlight related posts coming soon.

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