2007 D x 3 : Conference & Expo

The content below is from the site's 2007 archived pages.

D×3 was a four-day conference and expo filled with how-to workshops and sessions, created for interactive designers and developers who were moving beyond the web browser to deploy rich experiences to the desktop, game consoles, and mobile devices.

D×3: Design/Develop/Deploy
May 15-18, 2007
Marriott Copley Place, Boston


D×3: Conference & Expo

Design/ user interface, user experience, best practices, best techniques, best work
Develop/ Microsoft (WPF, XAML), Adobe (Apollo, Flex, Flash), Web Standards (XHTML, CSS), Ajax, Video
Deploy/ Inside & outside the browser, desktop, game consoles, mobile, devices

Learn from expert designers and developers as they showcase and deconstruct successful projects. Meet vendors with the latest tools, partnership opportunities, jobs, and markets. Compare the newest tools and workflow practices for designers and developers. Evaluate the vast array of new and established deployment options. Meet peers and collaborators, find new business, and celebrate the industry that is creating the interface to the future.


  • How-to workshops on WPF, Flex/Apollo, web video, and more
  • Microsoft Expression keynote
  • Adobe keynote
  • Three-day, four-track conference - more than 45 sessions!
  • Workbook with notes and source material
  • Expo hall
  • Job Fair
  • Parties and networking receptions
  • Competition/awards event
  • One-month subscription to the Online Training Library™
  • Microsoft Expression Studio for every attendee!
  • Dx3 swag
  • Exclusive Dx3 social network
  • And more...


The Company We Keep


Since this is the premiere D×3 conference, the list of companies who will join us in Boston is still growing. Here are a few of the organizations represented at previous lynda.com Events productions:

  • A&E Television Networks
  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Agency.com
  • AIG Advisor Group
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • American Greetings
  • AOL TimeWarner
  • Arnold Worldwide
  • Associated Press
  • AT&T
  • Atari
  • Aventis
  • Avenue A Razorfish
  • Avery Dennison Corporation
  • Banana Republic
  • Banco Popular de Puerto Rico
  • BBC
  • Bechtel Corporation
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • Black & Decker
  • Bloomberg
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Boeing
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Bose
  • Boston University
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Burton Snowboards
  • Cablevision
  • Capital One
  • Cartoon Network
  • Charles Schwab
  • Cisco Systems
  • Citysearch.com
  • Clear Channel Communications
  • Comcast
  • Comedy Central
  • DC Shoe Company
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Diesel
  • Digitas
  • Dillards
  • Department of Defense
  • Domino's Pizza
  • E&J Gallo Winery
  • E*TRADE Financial
  • EarthLink
  • eBay
  • Eddie Bauer
  • ESPN
  • Farmers Insurance Group
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • FedEx
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Food Network
  • Frog Design
  • General Motors
  • Georgetown University
  • Goodby Silverstein & Partners
  • Hallmark Cards
  • Harvard University
  • Hasbro
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Hollywood Entertainment
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Humana
  • IBM
  • IGN Entertainment
  • Independence Blue Cross
  • Intel Corporation
  • Interscope Geffen A&M Records
  • Intuit
  • J Walter Thompson
  • Jack Morton Worlwide
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • JPMorgan
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • KPMG
  • L.L.Bean
  • The Los Angeles Times
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Latter Day Saints Church
  • LexisNexis
  • Library of Congress
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Macys.com
  • Marriott International
  • Marsh
  • Mattel
  • MCI
  • Merck
  • Merril Lynch
  • Michigan State Universtiy
  • Microsoft
  • MIT
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Motorola
  • MTV Networks
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • NASA
  • National Gallery of Art
  • National Park Service
  • New York Life Insurance
  • Nextel Communications
  • Nike
  • Nokia
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Northwestern University
  • Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Novartis
  • New York University
  • Ogilvy & Mather
  • Oracle
  • Philip Morris
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Prudential
  • Rail Europe
  • Raytheon
  • RealNetworks
  • RGA
  • Saatchi & Saatchi
  • SAP
  • Sapient
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Sega of America
  • Showtime Networks
  • Sony BMG Music
  • Sony Online Entertainment
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Stanford University
  • Starwood Hotels
  • Starz Encore
  • State Farm Insurance
  • TBWA Chiat Day
  • Telekom Austria
  • The Boeing Company
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • The Sharper Image
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • The Vanguard Group
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Thirteen/WNET
  • Timex
  • TMP Worldwide
  • TV Land Nick-at-Nite
  • U.S. Air Force
  • United Airlines
  • United Nations
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • Wachovia
  • Wanadoo
  • Washingtonpost.com
  • WebMD
  • WeightWatchers.com
  • Wells Fargo
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Yahoo!
  • Yale University
  • Yamaha Corporation
  • Young & Rubicam
  • Zippo Manufacturing Company





Brad Becker / Microsoft

Brad Becker is a Senior Product Manager for Microsoft’s Expression tools for professional designers. He was formerly a Senior UX Consultant at Macromedia (now Adobe) and the Senior Product Designer for Flex Builder, Flash, Flash Professional, and the Flash Player. Prior to working at Macromedia, Brad spent eleven years as a software engineer and user interface team lead in the development of commercial client/server and web applications. In his spare time, Brad created web projects for clients including Universal Music, Arista, and Mojo Records. He also found time to form a band, record six albums, perform for half a million people, and write a song for one very forgettable Warner Bros movie.


Ben Tuck / Dev-Dev

Ben is an independent contractor specializing in customer support systems utilizing Zendesk and other help desk systems. He has created support systems for major retailers, schools, and information portals and can offer help both in setting up Zendeskin addition to providing customized functionality tailored to the individual needs. He is also a development manager, working with principals and partners to provide specialized applications to address mobile support networks for large scale operations.

His outside interest include wildlife photography - he recently won an award for the best cold weather stills in the Photography Today competition. He also skis and competes in downhill races as an amateur. Until last year, he held the record at the rigorous Snow Peak 1.5 km slalom.

Ben also is an avid dog lover as anyone who has visited his home can attest. Each of his three Boykin spaniels have their own favorite dog bed pillow in Ben's livingroom. You might mistake them for large floor pillows with their designer fabric covers of over sized ikat stripes. And the dogs also have traditional camouflage fabric covered round dog beds in the hunting lodge. If you are not familiar with Boykin spaniels, they were bred for hunting wild turkeys and ducks in the Wateree River Swamp of South Carolina. They are also a joyful, devoted family dog with the exceptional zeal for work. Ben frequently shows videos of his dogs flushing pheasant, quail and grouse when he goes hunting. Ben loves those dogs.


Sean Alexander / Microsoft

Sean Alexander is Director of Product Management within the Application Platform and Developer Division at Microsoft. Focused on building the next-generation rich media platform for the Web and beyond, Alexander’s group is responsible for the Expression Studio toolset for professional designers, and “WPF/E” (Codename), Microsoft’s next-gen web platform for delivering rich media and video experiences.

A nine year veteran in the digital media space, Alexander previously led product management teams producing the Emmy®-award winning Windows Media platform, Media Center, and Windows Platform Incubation.

Outside Microsoft, Alexander enjoys snow/waterskiing, digital photography/videography, hiking, geocaching, and spending time in the Seattle area with his family. In his free time, Sean is also Addicted to Digital Media (http://blog.seanalexander.com/).


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Aral Balkan / aralbalkan.com (Ariaware Ltd.)

Aral and Flash, in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G... A blogger for five years and a Flash developer for seven, Aral is proud of his love affair with the wonderful people of the Flash community.

He is founder of OSFlash.org and creator of Arp, the open source, pattern-based RIA framework for the Flash Platform. Aral is author of the Adobe Flex QuickStart tutorials and the Hot Shots series of six original one-day courses on Flash and Flex. He is also contributor to several books on the Flash platform.

A critically-acclaimed professional speaker and teacher, Aral regularly presents at international Web, Open Source and Flash conferences.

Aral lives in Brighton, UK, where he provides consulting and training services through his company, Ariaware. This year, he is working on creating a network of sites exclusively for the Nintendo Wii console that make use of both Ajax and Flash.