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Agenda View – Windows Phone app site and icon

Visit We created a new site and icon for our friends at – they built a handy calendar app for the upcoming 8.1 release. We first designed the logo, making it really crisp and to be as ‘system default’ looking as possible. By designing the logo in Illustrator and using the vectors embedded […]

Encore WPF Desktop App

Briefed to create a desktop app that looks and works like Modern Windows was a fun challenge. Fortunately, WPF and Blend mean that is achievable with animations, transitions and rich vector graphics

Joule 2 WPF Trading Gateway

This was a huge piece of Silverlight and WPF work that ended up really well – a high performance trading gateway with a huge feature set. We originally built it in Silverlight, but converted to WPF for perf reasons

MG-ALFA Windows 8 Dashboard Metro App

Our first Windows 8 Metro app in the Windows App store. We helped Endjin & Milliman with the design and build of a seriously impressive touchscreen app for managing and monitoring very large Windows Azure clusters.

Credit Suisse ForEx trading Silverlight dashboard

Blackspike worked with the brilliant digital studio UsTwo to help Credit Suisse build a comprehensive and market leading Silverlight dashboard to control, analyse and trade from both the browser and out-of-browser.

Joule – Energy trading platform

Blackspike was hired to make the Joule Silverlight app look great and feel slick and responsive, but not only did we design the app look and feel and build the XAML assets, we also helped out with a PhoneGap mobile site and the HTML5 help system, amongst icons and animations.

Windows Store IPTV app

Microsoft asked us to mockup a Windows Store app to demo to ISPs, we happily supplied the artwork

Windows Store Concierge App

This was a POC Windows Store app for a hotel that the customer would use to manage their stay

Silverlight Web App

We designed and built the front end of this Silverlight airport booking system

Procter and Gamble PixelSense app

Procter & Gamble wanted to create a multi-user moodboard app so their focus group sessions could be more interactive and archived. As PixelSense experts, we built an app to easily display and manipulate photos

Silverlight 4 theme brush packs

Back in March we released our award winning free Silverlight 4 theme, which provides control styles & templates, and a set of brushes to customise the look. We’re not sure that we made it clear how simple it is to change the brushes to make the theme fit your style. Therefore, we’re going to create […]

Ordnance Survey Get-A-Map

This was the first mockup for the Silverlight web app we built for Ordnance Survey Get-A-Map service

POC PixelSense Ski App

We knocked up a proof of concept ski resort PixelSense app to demonstrate the abilities of our unit to clients

Free Silverlight 3 skin

This is the much requested Silverlight 3 version of my Blackspike theme – same rules apply, you can use it for any project personal or commercial. Let us know if you find any bugs in the comments below. Released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales. You are free to copy, […]

Free Silverlight 4 beta skin!

Update: The skin has been upgraded to Silverlight 4 final! Update 2: This theme won an award! We are playing with Silverlight 4 beta a lot at the moment, and one of its best features is the new Implicit Styles. This means that we can design a Silverlight theme for all the controls, and all […]

Witty Twitter Silverlight Skin

We were asked to look at designing a Silverlight skin for Witty – a WPF Twitter application for Windows. We mocked this up based on the current WPF version: This project never ended up happening, so for anyone interested, here is the source and Illustrator files should you want to breathe some life into it!

Free Silverlight and WPF loading spinners

Here’s some free spinners I’ve been making with Blend and Illustrator that you can use as indeterminate loaders for Silverlight or any WPF app, all that needs changing to suit is the storyboard trigger. Enjoy!

Tesco WPF Touch App PDC08 Keynote

PDC08 – Microsofts Professional Developers Convention is where they bring out all the big tech news, like Windows 7 and its new touch awareness. Microsoft hired Conchango to build an app for Tescos using WPF to take advantage of the native touch capabilities.

Free Silverlight Beta 2 Skin

As worthless as it comes, here’s a theme we made when Silverlight Beta 2 came out. Of course, Silverlight 2 turned out to be incompatible with Beta 2, so we threw it away. For posterity, you can download the source below. Maybe grab some XAML out of it. Update – check out our new Silverlight […]

Setanta Sports Silverlight IPTV

The biggest Silverlight piece we have ever built – and one of the biggest Silverlight 2 RIA’s ever made was a fantastic, global project to work on. It took all the live and pre-recorded Setanta sports feeds and displayed them in a fantastically rich web browser app. It had everything from TiVo like programming and […]

SearchTower WPF App

This WPF app scours your hard drive for indexed content and displays it back to you in a variety of interesting ways. Fully touch friendly and with 6 different themes, this app will be great when it launches… We also designed the icons and branding, one of our first forays into Blender 3D

PixelSense Scrum Poker

At Conchango, some bright spark [edit – the bright spark was Howard van Rooijen] came up with the idea of making ‘Surface Planning Poker for Scrum for Team System’ – an Agile/Scrum planning ‘game’ on our Microsoft Surface so that spring planning would be less of a chore. Stuart Harris programmed it and we designed […]

Nokia – Comes With Music WPF App

Working as lead designers at Nokia Music, the key project was the iTunes-like WPF app codenamed ‘Euphoria’. We were responsible for designing and building the front end with Expression Blend.

National Rail Enquiries POC

This was a Proof Of Concept Silverlight 2 app we helped build for Microsoft/National Rail. In just 3 weeks we created an app that would track all trains on the network at any time, and display their status and position on a map in browser.

BL.APP WPF desktop notifier application

Just an idea for a WPF desktop notifier, the idea being that you’d enter a set of blogs or web services, and when you click on the task tray icon an array of new or recent items would erupt over your desktop using Kevin Moores WPF bag of tricks to display them on springs, the most recent being the biggest.

Adidas Motor Sport WPF app skin

Scott Hanselman was building a WPF app with his friend John Batdorf for Adidas motorsport. Essentially they wanted a flash-like desktop app showing raceday conditions and selling official merch. Where Scott and John fell down was when they realized they had to turn a Photoshop mockup into XAML. This takes a designers eye for layout […]

Hanselmans BabySmash

babySmash is a WPF app written by one of the worlds most highly respected blogger/geek/Microsoft shills to showcase the Microsoft interactive design and development stack and to entertain his apparently already tech-savvy spawn. Hanselman bigging up blackspike Your browser does not support the video tag. You should update your browser for crying out loud. Try […]

Windows 7 Gadgets

Windows 7 released with new desktop gadgets, we designed and created a computer management widget in 3D and HTML/JS

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