Reached “Design – All Star” in design .toolbox

"All Star - Design" @ .toolbox

.toolbox is a really fun environment to learn basic design concepts as well as the fundamentals of creating Silverlight applications using Expression Studio. Today, I finished both the tracks (i.e. principles and scenarios) and achieved all 15 badges. The high quality tutorials and evaluations, and a very nice theme make it really enjoyable. Check it out at http://www.microsoft.com/design/toolbox/

Fundamentals of Designing

Microsoft has developed an amazing e-learning website called .toolbox for creating Silverlight applications using Expression Studio. The site focuses on design aspects rather than development. Being a developer, I am always intrigued by design tools like Flash, Blend and Photoshop and want to improve my design skills.  So I have started going through the tutorials on .toolbox, they are very high quality and fun to follow.

I finished the introductory lecture on design fundamentals by Robby Ingebretsen. Following are my notes in a mind map format.

Design Principles

Here is the mind map file for above image which can be opened in FreeMind. After downloading the file, you will have to change the extension to .mm for viewing it in FreeMind.