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Prototyping

Prototyping

Modeling the Mobile User Experience

A presentation by Bryan Rieger of Yiibu on Modeling the Mobile User Experience.

RIP Bill Boddgride of IDEO (1943-2012)

I am saddened to say that Bill Moggridge, co-founder of IDEO, designer of the first laptop, author of the book ‘Designing Interactions‘, important role player in promoting the human-centered approach in design passed away last month on September 8, 2012. May his soul rest in peace.

A Quick Look into IDEO’s Design Process- Designing a Shopping Cart in 5 days

In 1998, ABC’s Nightline news show asked IDEO to create a new shopping cart concept, considering issues such as maneuverability, shopping behavior, child safety, and maintenance cost. The resulting episode demonstrates IDEO’s design process, showing the multidisciplinary team brainstorming, researching, prototyping, and gathering user feedback on a design in order to move all the way from an idea to a prototype in just four days time.

Interestingly, the cart went on to win an IDSA IDEA Silver award in 1999.

About IDEO

IDEO is an international design and innovation consultancy founded in Palo Alto, USA with other national and international offices. IDEO helps design products, services, environments, and digital experiences. It has become increasingly involved in management consulting and organizational design.

Related Links

IDEO website

The UX Bookmark- the best UX links for the smartest User Experience practitioners

I created the UX Bookmark a few years ago to separate the wheat from the chaff, here you will find only the best of articles, from journals, conferences and the web, that will help you evolve to being a more knowledgeable user experience practitioner.

From the feedback I have received, I could not be more glad in knowing how much it has helped many of you- at times when you have needed it most, or how you have used it to slowly build your knowledge in user experience or a particular area within it.

If you are a usability engineer, user researcher, human factors specialist, interaction designer or an information architect, then the UX Bookmark is a resource specially for you.

The UX Bookmark

UX Quotes- Quotes on User Experience

This website of mine features a wonderful collection of quotes I have gathered over the years related to usability, interaction design, typography, etc.- the whole gamut of user experience. It lets you build upon your user experience wisdom through serendipity one quote at a time.
UXQuotes

Creating High Fidelity Prototypes in Visio now possible with VisDynamica (2009)

Visio for wireframing and prototyping

Microsoft Visio has long been regarded as a good tool for wireframing, which I have found especially on large-sized projects where it is crucial to keeping wireframes updated at all times, regardless of constant changes being made to master elements. Used with Adobe Acrobat, Visio works great for documentation. The ability to draw free form with a stylus and thus use it to literally create paper prototypes that you can edit is an added bonus.

While one may think that Visio can not be used for creating interactive prototypes, this is not entirely true. You can create click-through prototypes with Visio very easily as a matter of fact.

Till a while ago, Visio was certainly not capable of creating high fidelity prototypes. Alternate applications like Axure and the ever powerful (nonetheless expensive) iRise fill the gap in this regard. However, interaction designers and information architects who work at organizations that have stuck to Visio will find the release of Visdynamica a much needed arrival.

Enter VisDynamica- a Visio extension for creating high fidelity prototypes

With VisDynamica, one can easily use AJAX, Flash, JavaScript libraries or real web forms in a prototype. All means of rich interactions are generated directly from within the Visio drawing with use of the ‘Save as Web Page’ feature to generate the prototype.

Having been released (albeit in private beta) since nine months, this application deserves a lot more coverage than it is currently getting. The creator could have done more on his part by promoting the product through social media which he has not. None the less, being a much required tool, I hope it gets all the attention and mentions that it can and encourage you to spread the word about it.

VisDynamica Features

Current features include ability to :

  1. Add links- This feature is already available in Visio. However, the advantage here is that the link can point to the main frame of the exported web page or it could stay in current context – a popup, a dynamically loaded part of the screen, and so forth.
  2. Dynamic loading- Allows for show/ hide- useful for simulating drop down menus, tool tips and more.
  3. Layers- Allows use of a real popup on a layer instead of a flat drawing.
  4. Tabbed interface- Generate a ready-to-click tabbed interface but with a quite bit of work. However the creator acknowledges that can be considerable improvement to this feature.
  5. Youtube video- Place a real YouTube video in your prototype.

Download VisDynamica

Register to download VisDynamica, after which you will receive account details. Once you log in, you will find a link to download the tool.

Free Video Tutorials on Prototyping with Adobe FireWorks CS4

Creating HTML click-through prototypes


(Length: 7 minutes 19 seconds)

Creating interactive prototypes for reviews


(Length: 11 minutes 10 seconds)

Fireworks Rapid Prototyping Tips and Tricks


(Length: 9 minutes 42 seconds)

You can find more Adobe product videos at: Adobe TV.