Archive for the ‘Deliverables’ Category
Compared to wireframes, HTML prototypes – especially for first-timers – can take more time to generate an initial set of ideas. However, if you reset expectations and consider impacts to your initial productivity, you’ll be better setup for the longer-term advantages of prototyping.
Rapid prototyping allow EightShapes to deliver a complete site in just a few weeks. Sure, it won’t work for every project, but we got some great lessons learned.
This morning, James Melzer and I sat down for a first attempt at “Paired [HTML] Prototyping” together. Essentially a derivative of Pair Programming (if almost the same thing), it was a new tactic in our collaborative working patterns as we increasingly embrace the use of HTML in our user experience design process. The results were [...]
With a prototype, you see the design from the perspective of the user. You see … the page in the viewer, whether that viewer is a desktop browser, GUI application, or iPhone app. That’s great – that where our focus needs to be. But a prototype constrains our ability to tell stories about the design, [...]
Peer input and review is essential for creating great design documentation. When they aren’t in the same office, collaboration takes place online. Soliciting feedback, input, and contributions is much easier using lightweight tools, and then migrating content to Adobe InDesign.
EightShapes uses an online tool for backing up, versioning and sharing documents. It watches for file changes in a designated folder, syncing those changes to other linked computers in real-time. In short, it’s ideal for large documents with multiple deliverables.
Using a multi-page deliverable just doesn’t always cut it when presenting big ideas. Sometimes you need to use a larger, one-page canvas to engage readers.
Using icons to communicate project status is one thing. Determining status levels (how done is done?) and what the icons look like is an endeavor in and of itself.
Site maps and flow charts do more than visualize a web site’s structure. They help plan the design process. That is, a good diagram shows what will be built, but it also informs the decisions around how a web site will be built.
The UX community has a bevy of tools to choose from, and learn about how EightShapes makes their tool choice today and for tomorrow too.