Information for designers and interactive developers - Issue 2 - May 2008
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Welcome to the second edition of Express Yourself, the new newsletter for web designers and developers.

A few weeks ago MIX essentials - the first Belgian edition of the international MIX conference - attracted about 400 attendees. If you didn't attend the conference or would like to review some sessions, here is your second chance as you can watch all sessions online. Did you know the conference was ended with closing keynote by Steve Ballmer? Check it out and see how Steve replied to different attendee questions going from Microsoft's web strategy to social responsibilities.

If you received the previous edition of the Express Yourself newsletter, you might remember our editorial contained the egg metaphor to represent the designer and developer collaboration. At MIX essentials, attendees gave us insight on the importance of developer-designer collaboration workflow. It seems to be a concern for most of them. When we questioned them on this:
  • over 60% answered that they already had an issue with this in the past,
  • over 75% agreed that this is an issue that needs to be addressed and solved in the future,
  • more than 88% of the attendees think that working with an integrated designer/developer toolset will result in a more productive environment!
Do you want to share your opinion on these impressive numbers? Feel free to send me e-mail at

I do encourage you to read more on this in this issue of the newsletter, where we have two articles discussing solutions on this: there is the second part of the article "The Designer Role in the Designer/Developer Collaboration" (read part 1 here) and "There is something in the AiR".

Enjoy the reading.

Katrien De Graeve
Microsoft Belgium
MIX essentials - see it all online
All sessions are available on-demand on our online video platform called Chopsticks. Review sessions you missed or see it all for the first time if you did not make it to the event. In addition to the recorded sessions, all PowerPoint presentations are also available for download (click the Resources tab next to the video).

Follow us on Twitter @mixessentialsbe, we'll keep you posted on any news regarding MIX essentials, Silverlight and Expression.
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