- it's a planning tool, whenever you need to turn a concept into design-> implication: your design is only as good as your strategy/concept- ask the right question (strategy)
Demo:- no need to describe to you the benefits, just seeTips:- mockupstogo- mybalsamiq- don't have templates, but have stencils (symbols)- cropping- keyboard- 960 grid system- notes- from rough to detail- design to scale if possible- please no more loremipsum
Let me show you some case studies to illustrate how and when we can help.This is the LDT, a proposal we are working on right now for the DOI. While usually I recommend 2 or max of 3 rounds of mockups, during proposals where requirements are vague it’s more important than ever to kick around ideas and bring the visuals in front of key stakeholders and decision makers. So we might end up with 6 or 7 rounds.
And this is our final mockup that we felt confident fits the target audience of an executive.You see the basic elements: header, navigation, dashboard, RFI, MapsMove that screen!Can you guess which technology this is based on?
Reviewer Server asked us to help designing the RS Health Check Dashboard which was used and presented at the UC this year.Validate your designs!!!
It will save you Energy Time MoneyBecause the majority of UI changes made beforecoding begins.
different disciplines need to interweave/overlap (designer needs to influence the requirements and a pm needs to influence designs)"Oh, here's some requirements that I have, and here is sort of high level what I'm thinking about.“a picture/sketch is so much richer than describing - communicate visually
helps prioritize and add emphasis to the important user storiesidentify gaps/possible wholes and not needed functionsnail down scope and functionalityAvoid building features that turn out to not be needed in the first placeLimit the amount of gotcha’s along the way, “ah, we need to be able to save this damn thing, let’s add another button”
- it's obvious that design is not done, looks unfinished, nothing set in stone- Don’t get hung up on discussions about design details. Don’t loose focus of the main goal and core tasks!Detail '57 Chevy
Unless there is a good reason – proposal work, research, marketing – max. 2 iterations!‘Finalize’ and move on!There is plenty of room for fine-tuning along the way
A sketch is a sketch (after serving its purpose it’s still only a by-product, like a white-board drawing)Don’t end up spending more time updating all the sketches in all the places in all the documents – that’s not the idea of sketchingGet sign off!
As simple as it looks (or I make it look) – sketching/prototyping is only as good as the person that does it.It doesn’t replace experience and hard work.