OneNote 2010 Keeps Your Brains In Your Head

Some months back, those of you who follow me on Twitter (@devinganger) may have a noticed a series of teaser Tweets about a project I was working on that involved zombies.

Yes, that’s right, zombies. The RAHR-BRAINS-RAHR shambling undead kind, not the “mystery objects in Active Directory” kind.

Well, now you can see what I was up to.

I was working with long-time fellow 3Sharpie David Gerhardt on creating a series of 60-second vignettes for the upcoming Office 2010 application suite. Each vignette focuses on a single new area of functionality in one of the Office products. I got to work with OneNote 2010.

Here’s where the story gets good.

I got brought into the project somewhat late, after a bunch of initial planning and prep work had been done. The people who had been working on the project had decided that they didn’t want to do the same boring business-related content in their OneNote 2010 vignettes; oh, no! Instead, they hit upon the wonderful idea of using a Zombie Plan as the base document. Now, I don’t really like zombies, but this seemed like a great way to spice up a project!

The rest, as they say, is history. Check out the results (posted both at GetSharp and somewhere out on YouTube) for yourself:

One of the best parts of this project, other than getting a chance to learn about some of the wildly cool stuff the OneNote team is doing to enhance an already wonderful product, was the music selection. We worked a deal with local artist Dave Pezzner to use some of his short music clips for these videos. Dave is immensely talented and provided a wide selection of material, so I enjoyed being able to pick and choose just the right music for each video. It did occur to me how cool it would be if I could use Jonathan Coulton’s fantastic song Re: Your Brains, but somehow I think his people lost my query email. Such is life – and I think Mr. Pezzner’s music provided just the right accompaniment to the Zombie Plan content.

Enjoy!

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