This is a workshop that I gave at MIX09 and then again at MIX10. You can watch this at the MIX site or else as part of Microsoft's Design Toolbox along with some other really great content for up and coming designers.
Here's the MIX 2010 description for the workshop: Design is all around us and whether you want to jumpstart a design career or just build a better design vocabulary, this workshop is the right place to start your design education. For designers and non-designers alike, we explore basics of design: principles like typography, layout, unity and color. We also take a tour of the design process, visiting fundamentals like wireframes, mood boards, and the process of finding inspiration. This workshop is tuned for technical folks who may be interested in design but haven't had any formal exposure to it as a discipline.