Silverlight resources for designers

When I am training Silverlight I am often asked by designers how to find resources on Silverlight/XAML/Expression, so here is a post for them:

First you can find lots of Expression Studio videos training in the new Microsoft videos portal: provides videos training on Expression Blend and Expression Design:


Expression Design tutorials on the Microsoft Expression Team blog:

Here are some XAML exporters to help you do Silverlight with your assets from Adobe tools:

The fantastic NibblesTutorials website (Expression Blend):

This blog post collect free Silverlight controls and tools available on the net:

And finally this interesting blog:


Also as a designer you NEED to know about the Expression Professional Subscription, for a very good price ($999 USD) you get:

  • Expression Studio 2
  • Visual Studio 2008 Standard
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows XP SP2
  • Office Standard
  • Office Visio Professional
  • Pre-configured virtualized server environments (VPC)
  • Virtual PC (to use the VPC)
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac (a 3rd party application to run Windows OS on Apple hardware concurrent with OSX)

So typically if you are a MAC designer with no Microsoft platform tools you get everything you need to get started and create awesome user experience applications with Silverlight!


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  • I get asked this a lot as well. I record a lot of the videos for the Expression Suite and I recently started recording a series called Coding for Designers. It approaches developing Silverlight apps by starting in Blend and moving to Visual Studio. It introduces designers to developer concepts like variables, OOP, how to work in Visual Studio, etc. Hopefully that will be a helpful resource.

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