InDesign Libraries are fun!

8 Feb 2007 - 4:48pm
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Nathan Curtis
2007

Maya,

First off, regarding the Pros and Cons of Wireframing Tools
discussion, it's worth noting that InDesign and Illustrator are both
relatively mature diagramming/illustration tools when used
independently. However, their power for creating wireframes, flows,
and deeper specifications and design documents is realized far more
when they are used in concert. In particularly, using Placed and
cropped pdf-compatible files to create modular, hierarchically nested
artwork in Illustrator that's then documented in InDesign can vastly
increase the speed, reuse, scale, and portability of your wireframing
process.

As for your InDesign libraries, it'd be wonderful to begin sharing
diverse repositories of InDesign symbols that folks have created as
"Object Libraries". I've had the fortunate opportunity to build out
such libraries for the UX teams of three clients recently, so there
are certainly some building blocks I plan on organizing and sharing
publicly.

Additionally, those projects revealed that for components/modules
that are specific to a client's own site design or accepted pattern
standards, often it was better to organize those components via
InDesign snippets (similar to palette-based object libraries, but
instead saved onto and placed from your file system individually).
Similar to your points, Object Libraries become unwieldy very
quickly, demonstrate poor performance when placing, and are far more
difficult to version and maintain than a folder structure of
individual snippet variations.

Regards, and happy wireframing!

Nathan Curtis
Principal, Experience Design
EightShapes, LLC

p: 703.296.8831
e: nathan at eightshapes.com
w: www.eightshapes.com

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8 Feb 2007 - 8:58pm
Chris Pallé
2007

I can't seem to open it with CS1, but this looks interesting:

http://www.stinkytofu.tv/2007/01/28/information-architecture-gui-
library-stencil-for-adobe-indesign/

chris.pallé, interactive media designer
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On Feb 8, 2007, at 4:48 PM, Nathan Curtis wrote:

> Maya,
>
> First off, regarding the Pros and Cons of Wireframing Tools
> discussion, it's worth noting that InDesign and Illustrator are both
> relatively mature diagramming/illustration tools when used
> independently. However, their power for creating wireframes, flows,
> and deeper specifications and design documents is realized far more
> when they are used in concert. In particularly, using Placed and
> cropped pdf-compatible files to create modular, hierarchically nested
> artwork in Illustrator that's then documented in InDesign can vastly
> increase the speed, reuse, scale, and portability of your wireframing
> process.
>
> As for your InDesign libraries, it'd be wonderful to begin sharing
> diverse repositories of InDesign symbols that folks have created as
> "Object Libraries". I've had the fortunate opportunity to build out
> such libraries for the UX teams of three clients recently, so there
> are certainly some building blocks I plan on organizing and sharing
> publicly.
>
> Additionally, those projects revealed that for components/modules
> that are specific to a client's own site design or accepted pattern
> standards, often it was better to organize those components via
> InDesign snippets (similar to palette-based object libraries, but
> instead saved onto and placed from your file system individually).
> Similar to your points, Object Libraries become unwieldy very
> quickly, demonstrate poor performance when placing, and are far more
> difficult to version and maintain than a folder structure of
> individual snippet variations.
>
> Regards, and happy wireframing!
>
> Nathan Curtis
> Principal, Experience Design
> EightShapes, LLC
>
> p: 703.296.8831
> e: nathan at eightshapes.com
> w: www.eightshapes.com
>
>
>
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