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!