Ayende @ Rahien

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Looking for a XAML expert

We are working on the new version of RavenDB Studio, and it has became clear very quickly that while we might be good in producing software, we are most certainly not good at making it look good.

Therefor, I would like to get some help from someone who can actually take an ugly duckling and make it into a beautiful swan.

If you are interested, I would be very happy if you can contact me.

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Frank Quednau
09/27/2011 09:05 AM by
Frank Quednau

Hmm, you're actually looking for a designer... (walks away in gloom)

Winston Smith
09/27/2011 10:08 AM by
Winston Smith

Looking for a XAML expert

We are working on the new version of RavenDB Studio, and it has became clear very quickly that while we might be good in producing software, we are most certainly not good at making it look

Well there's your problem. You're not even looking for the right person. An expert in XAML != an expert in usability & design.

Daniel Lang
09/27/2011 10:27 AM by
Daniel Lang

While we have a really good XAML-expert in our company, we always hire a designer that create views and dialogs in InDesign and sends us some PDFs that we can implement.

Rich
09/27/2011 12:10 PM by
Rich

@Winston -- they aren't mutually exclusive either so that statement isn't universally true.

Nick
09/28/2011 04:45 AM by
Nick

A Xaml expert is exactly what you need. A designer would be handy for UX and actualy design but there are few designers who understand how to use Blend and fewer still good programmers who understand how to use blend properly. I've found that its imperative to get the raw adobe illustrator (ai) files from designers (not pdf/jpeg/png - these are only good for a preview of the design). A xaml expert understands how to properly setup their resources, styles and templates in an efficient and (more importantly) Blendable fashion.

Jack
09/28/2011 07:32 PM by
Jack

Why not HTML5?

Adam
09/28/2011 07:42 PM by
Adam

Yes, I second this... why not HTML5? No bais, but we have recently had this discussion for a product of ours - its a curly argument.

Ayende Rahien
09/28/2011 07:45 PM by
Ayende Rahien

Jack & Adam, Put simply, HTML5 doesn't have the facilities to provide us with a maintainable software solution. We had an HTML + JS system previously, and it got very hard to maintain very quickly. In comparison, using Siverlight gives us C$ .NET and Resharper

Jake Scott
09/29/2011 09:06 AM by
Jake Scott

Have you taken a look at the the UI for Mongo VUE?

http://www.mongovue.com/

I think they have got an awesome UI and is really nice to work with :)

Sean Kearon
09/29/2011 11:33 AM by
Sean Kearon

These guys are good: http://www.iprinciples.com/

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