Windows Phone 7 Design using Expression Blend - Resources

I’ve been doing a series of talks across Florida regarding Windows Phone 7 Design using Microsoft Expression Blend 4.
I discuss the WP7 phone and application experience; show how to use Expression Blend toolset to effectively design such apps.

Next presentation is on 5/5/2010 at 6:30PM EST will be a webcast format over LiveMeeting at Ft. Lauderdale Online group.
Registration and the LiveMeeting link are both here: [I will post a link if it’s recorded]


Here are the resources from my presentations:

The Biggest source is the Windows Phone UI and Design Language video from MIX10

Windows Phone 7 Design Guide as it’s found on the WP7 Dev Home Page

Study The Silverlight Mobile Tutorials on official Silverlight website

I will be blogging a separate entry for a new demo app that will showcase the elements I presented.

I suggest you actually watch all of the MIX videos about SL and Design as great primer to get you thinking the WP7 way.


A lot happening with WP7Dev and it’s just the beginning! So watch these Twitter accounts and blogs:

@Ckindel - Charlie Kindel - WP7 Dev Head

@WP7Dev - Official Dev Twitter

@WP7 - Official WP7 Twitter

Peter Torr -

Mike Harsh -

Shawn Oster -


Other worthwhile mention my local friends speaking and blogging about Windows Phone 7:

Bill Reiss is doing great presentations on Building games with XNA for Windows Phone 7. Be on the lookout for those around Florida. Bill is a Silverlight MVP and has a legacy of XNA and Silverlight games, see his site.

Kevin Wolf aka ByteMaster he is a Device Application Developer MVP with tremendous experience building mobile applications. He has developed WinMo-GF a multi-platform gaming framework.


Get these tools and get creating!

You will need the following components installed in this order:

  1. Expression Blend 4 Beta
  2. Windows Phone Developer Tools [Current CTP tools will not work with VS2010 RTM, for now]
  3. Microsoft Expression Blend Add-in Preview for Windows Phone
  4. Microsoft Expression Blend SDK Preview for Windows Phone


Want more training?

Don’t forget that Channel 9 has complete walkthroughs of their WP7 Training Kit posted online.


PS: To continue with all this design talk check out Microsoft .toolbox
“Learn to create Silverlight applications using Expression Studio and to apply fundamental design principles.”
A great website with a lot of design tutorials set up as a wonderful full course on design all for free, including a great forum community and neat little avatars you can build yourself.

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Enjoyed your web ex/con call in Florida last month.
Downloaded all the necessary apps to start developing mobile apps and so far so good. I will put them out on the Windows marketplace when ready.

The code behind in Visual Studio 2010 is a bit of a challenge when creating the storyboards but am hacking through! Any suggestions on tutorial help would help. I am pretty sufficent in Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3 so not a lot of changes in 4, just need to tweak the code.

Thanks, look forward to meeting you oneday at a Tech event.

Left by Jon Whirlow on Jun 14, 2010 2:18 PM

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