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Quick Tips to Wireframing & Prototyping


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I joined 3 other UX experts to teach and consult hackers and makers about UX at #Startathon Singapore, the largest 24-hour future-driven hackathon/makathon event in Asia.

My talk was on how to use wireframes and prototypes to craft a beautiful and well thought out user experience. In this talk, I compare different wireframing and prototyping tools, and advised on how to choose the right tool.

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Quick Tips to Wireframing & Prototyping

  1. 1. Wireframing Prototyping @ jennyshen &
  2. 2. @ jennyshen What is a wireframe? The ‘specs’ and outline of a design Commonly used for web/mobile pages Does not concern the design such as color, graphics, spacing or typography Typically outlines the components together with associated interactions
  3. 3. @ jennyshen Why wireframing? Quickly find problems in the design Organize the content from the most to the least important before making mockups Cheaper and faster to produce than a visual comp Help the team to imagine what the final product might look like in the early stage
  4. 4. @ jennyshen Examples
  5. 5. @ jennyshen Tool #1 - Pen(cil) & Paper Fast, cheap, easily accessible, can draw anywhere, no learning new software Pencil + notebook + anywhere
  6. 6. @ jennyshen Tool #2 - Axure Advanced, complex interactivity Annotation tools & simultaneous collaboration Export wireframes as clickable HTML prototypes
  7. 7. @ jennyshen Tool #3 - Balsamiq Comic Sans-y, drag-and-drop wireframe + prototype tool Make click-through prototype. You can choose who can edit.
  8. 8. @ jennyshen Tool #4 - Omnigraffle Lots of built-in & stencil libraries online Does not produce a playable/HTML prototype quirktools
  9. 9. @ jennyshen Tool #5 - Quirktools Wires Free cloud-based wireframe tool
  10. 10. @ jennyshen Tool #6 - Free cloud-based wireframe tool. Generate links for each page Chrome app available
  11. 11. @ jennyshen Tool #7 - Powerpoint Powerpoint + Stencils or PowerMockup You might already have it on your computer, and you don’t need to learn or download any new program!
  12. 12. @ jennyshen Tool #8 - Google Doc Google Doc + Wireframe templates Search #wfkit in Templates Free! Stored in the cloud. You can share and add collaborators
  13. 13. @ jennyshen What is a prototype? A simulation of the design to demonstrate how the product works Unlike static wireframes, prototypes are interactive. Many wireframing tools have prototyping abilities
  14. 14. @ jennyshen Why prototyping? Quickly find problems in the (interaction) design Cheaper and faster to produce than going all out on coding/making the real product Allow the team/client/stakeholders to visualize and use the product before it’s created fully Using wireframes alone isn’t enough for design because interactions are not defined
  15. 15. @ jennyshen Tool #1 - Paper Prototyping Fast, cheap and easy to make Can get a bit messy when there are a lot of pages
  16. 16. @ jennyshen Tool #2 - Prototyping On Paper Take photos of sketches and create hotspots View on mobile and screen
  17. 17. @ jennyshen Tool #2 - Prototyping On Paper!/projects/ 513028de8ea71d611200031f/preview
  18. 18. @ jennyshen Tool #3 - Invision App
  19. 19. @ jennyshen Tool #3 - Invision App Create hot spots, comments, view revision history. Stored in Cloud
  20. 20. @ jennyshen Tool #4 - Mobile-specific tool (include tablet sizes)
  21. 21. @ jennyshen Tool #5 - FluidUI With touch gestures and animated transitions
  22. 22. @ jennyshen Tool #6 - Composite A new tool to preview Layer Comps with interactions
  23. 23. @ jennyshen Tool #7 - Flinto Like Invision except you can use prototype on mobile
  24. 24. @ jennyshen Tool #8 - Powerpoint/Keynote Create linked pages and demo easily One less app/software to download or learn
  25. 25. @ jennyshen Tool #9 - Ratchet For HTML/CSS gurus. Prototype iPhone apps with simple HTML, CSS, and JS components If you are making a web app then you are one step closer to making the real app
  26. 26. Use whichever works for you Thank you! P.s. follow me on Twitter @jennyshen Get feedback &