This video captures an element of the design world we've always suspected existed but were never really sure. Now, all doubts have been banished.
Selected quotes from the video:
"The creative process is kind of like Frogger"
"That's really all design is: problem-solving. Sometimes a client will bring me a project that has virtually no problem to solve. So I create one."
"Design can change the world. I think crop circles prove that"
The YouTube video below …
June of 2011 marks my 15th year at Microsoft. It has been and continues to be an excellent adventure. Over dinner with friends and colleagues recently I was asked about the kinds of things I had worked on during that time. When I look back on it the journey has been amazing in technical breath and depth. It's had the privilege of working on exciting fields with inspirational people – all of which has enabled me to grow in so many ways both personally and professionally.
In the spirit of celebrating those amazing times and reminding myself to be grateful for all the great opportunities I've had, this morning I decided to illustrate my journey …
For the Visio fans out there – I built this using Visio 2007
You can download PNG, PDF, XPS, and Visio versions of this graphic on my SkyDrive
(click on the image to see a larger PNG version)
I’ve been aware of the project internally for a while – occasionally trying out some builds – and now it’s great to see that the efforts have been made public: Microsoft has released Sho on DevLabs
Sho is an great example of how IronPython can serve as a interactive interface glue between multiple .NET components – in this case for visualizing data. Although Sho is more oriented on scientific data it inspires me to wonder what form an interactive tool would take to address the needs of non-scientific visualization and infographics.
Microsoft also has a a new Sho blog on MSDN and some of the Sho Videos linked from the blog are quite interesting. In particular the “Plotting/Analyzing SQL Data” video demonstrates the fundamentals quickly.