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Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Prototyping

A ui designer must be able to tranform and visualise vague ideas, incomplete briefs, unclear business inputs into tangile prototypes & interfaces. Its the interface designer's duty to seek clarity on all such inputs.

As for me, I use Dreamweaver to design HTML prototypes.
Its easier to give a tangible form to followin using HTML prototypes.
- site structure
- navigation flow
- information architecture


This format can be easily understood and discussed by the tech, ui design and business teams. This is merely an execution tool and not to be used for creative problem solving or visualizing ideas.

Advantages of HTML prototypes.

- Its is interactive.
- Its easy to create and modify. It can be created in no time.
- Dummy real time results can be simulated without writing any backend code.
- Its tangible enough for the teams to discuss about it.

See an example prototype:

Looks what Cooper's gotta say on prototyping.
The Perils of Prototyping by Alan Cooper, Chairman & Founder, Aug/Sep 1994
Originally Published in Visual Basic Programmer's Journal

I 've been hearing a lotta about VB (Visual Basic) and have decided to try it out to evaluate its pros and cons.


6 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:34 AM

    You're doing a great job my man. I am an Interaction designer in U.S and feel India is slowly picking up. Can you produce a page that displays the Indian companies that are into HCI research. Thanks.

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  2. Do you have an Rss feed to subscribe to. If can ever get my aggregator to work I'll be set. It may be because I'm spending so much time reading about ##KEYWORD## . It's been an obsession for the last year now. Sorry, I'm thinking aloud and probably boring you with prototyping thoughts.

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  3. I can't wait until I install my rss reader so I can subscribe to this blog. I'll have to finish building my rapid prototyping tooling site first so that I'll have a place to install the feed. Prototyping is my hobby.

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  4. Great info. I've now subscribed to your blog feed so I can access it from my sheet metal prototyping site. I should make it easier to read when I'm busy. Thanks.

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  5. Do you have an Rss feed to subscribe to? Im learning how to install an Rss reader and I'm learning. But it seems that I've been juggling the learning of rapid prototyping cnc and development in general. I'll get it working though.

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  6. Do you have an Rss feed to subscribe to? Im learning how to install an Rss reader and I'm learning. But it seems that I've been juggling the learning of rapid prototyping cnc and development in general. I'll get it working though.

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