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Practical Prototyping

November 12, 2009 — Leave a comment

I saw Todd Warfel speak in August at DELVE UI. I was so inspired by his approach that I changed the way we work. We have now moved away from large decks of wireframes and interaction notes- and embraced the 70% rule. We design 70% then build a prototype. There are a number of examples in my talk Designers vs Developers: Coming together to build the best RIAs. But the point is, if you are designing Rich Internet Applications, RIAs, prototyping is essential.

Check out Todd’s talk from DELVE UI:

And consider getting his new book, Prototyping: A Practitioner’s Guide to Prototyping, Rosenfeld Media, November 2009. It is full of practical advice and detailed examples, not philosophical musings. If you are like me- a busy consultant who is not a great programmer, but needs to get interactive mock-ups in front of stakeholders as fast as possible- there are a number of great ideas in here.

Presented on Nov 3, 2009 at Øredev in Malmo, Sweden.

What is the fastest way to get from a product idea to a rich internet application? By breaking down the communication barriers between designers and developers.

This talk takes a quick look at how to build a shared vocabulary and use prototyping to bypass extensive wireframes and development specs.

Take a look at 5 simple and effective prototyping tools:

  • Balsamiq Mock-ups + Nakpee
  • Any wireframes + Protoscript
  • Prototcasting (using click-throughs and screencasts to convey requirements)
  • Atlas and other development environments + visual layout editors

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