Topic: SharePoint

Join me for Advanced SharePoint Design

On January 23-26, 2012, I’ll be instructing a class that focuses on the more advanced strategies behind applying style and branding to a SharePoint 2010 website. This isn’t your average SharePoint training class: we’ll cover topics like improving the SharePoint user experience, creative design for the SharePoint platform, and implementation strategy for making your creative designs come to life. Continue reading…

SharePoint Design in Five Minutes

You can now download my free SharePoint theme, Medazio, on SharePointDesigNerds.com. We’re still working on cleaning up the site while it’s in “draft” version, but feel free to sign up, browse a couple of the themes that we’ve uploaded, post your amazing SharePoint spotlights, and give us feedback on the design, navigation, and functionality in the site. Continue reading…

SharePoint 2010 Item Styles and DDWRT

I’ve done some crazy things to make SharePoint work like I want it to. One of the things that I’ve done in the past is write some insanely complex XSLT functions to format dates in SharePoint 2007 item styles. SharePoint 2007 offered a very useful FormatDate feature of the DDWRT XSL library, but the formatting customization was limited to picking a prefab format, which didn’t always gel with what you or your client wanted to see. Continue reading…

SharePoint 2010 CSS Reset

A most difficult aspect of customizing the SharePoint 2010 interface is the arduous task of overriding the thousands of styles that Microsoft has already put in place for anything and everything that you see in the browser window. This can be a tedious task, to say the least. Largely, the SharePoint interface doesn’t rely on the cascading facet of Cascading Style Sheets. Instead, most of the elements that you see in SharePoint 2010 (like web parts, navigation menus, lists, libraries, page editor styles, etc.) all have specific CSS styles that specify font size, color, and even the font family. Continue reading…

SharePoint 2010 Scrolling

If I have one gripe about SharePoint 2010, it’s scrolling. It’s something I’ve bumped into in every 2010 project I’ve worked on thus far (which has been a lot). First, I’ll explain the problem, and we’ll subsequently look at some potential solutions (which have their drawbacks) for this highly visible and hotly debated element of the SharePoint interface. Continue reading…

SharePoint Conference in Baltimore, Maryland

I’m very excited to be a part of the upcoming SharePoint .ORG Conference that will be held in Baltimore this year.  If you have even a small amount of interest in SharePoint or SharePoint design, you’ll love the line-up.  I’ve attended and have spoken at numerous conferences and events around the country, but this is the first SharePoint conference I’ve seen with a dedicated “design” track.  I’m very excited to have the opportunity to speak at a few of the design sessions, and I look forward to seeing any readers at the conference. Continue reading…

SharePoint 2010 Pop-Up Dialogs

SharePoint 2010 makes it incredibly easy to add dialog content to your website. Built-in functionality allows you to retrieve content from anywhere within your site and display it in a modal dialog that appears over the page. This is pretty standard stuff when it comes to modern web technology, but the ease of use is what makes SharePoint dialogs so amazing. In this article, we’ll explore the dialog functionality that comes with the SharePoint 2010 platform, and we’ll discover new ways to customize that content to create a uniquely fresh appearance for your SharePoint portal. Continue reading…

WP Tabify: Transform a SharePoint Web Part Zone into Tabs

I do quite a bit of design and implementation on the SharePoint platform. Today, I created a very handy little script that I think might be something worth sharing. I don’t often post anything so specific on my blog, but I found this to be extremely useful, and I hope you do too. Continue reading…