Uses of Wireframes (was: Contract Rates going at$150 - $250/hr ??)

6 Jul 2007 - 8:12am
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Phillip Hunter
2006

Sorry to be unclear. I meant Ajax doesn't get used for devices or speech
interaction design. How do you use wire frames for device design? I have
an idea, but want to see what your answer is, first.

ph

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On Jul 6, 2007, at 6:20 AM, Phillip Hunter wrote:

> Wire frames are a tool for some interaction design, right? I
> haven't found
> them all that useful for speech interaction design nor would I
> imagine that
> device designers use them much. Same with Ajax.

I use them for devices and Ajax apps all the time. Anything with
visual controls and inputs can be wireframed.

I agree they aren't a tool for voice-input though. Annotated flow
diagrams seem to be the best option there.

Dan

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6 Jul 2007 - 8:30am
.pauric
2006

I have used wireframe for device design
Front panel of a network switch;
1) Mech drawing, granted this was done in autocad it was used to
verify the layout from a usability perspective.
http://flickr.com/photos/pauric/389854358/in/set-72157594498663838/
2)Same design domain, web ui with ajax updating the Power Over
Ethernet display (aka device mimic)
http://flickr.com/photos/pauric/411405618/in/set-72157594498663838/
3)Finally, I used some wireframe methodology to mockup a portable
device on an open source project I worked on. IA to Wireframe to
physical protype respectively
http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=411405626&context=set-72157594498663838&size=o
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/152/411401571_55273e1922_o.png
http://flickr.com/photos/pauric/389334676/in/set-72157594498663838/

>From my own way of doing things I'd say wireframes in device design
is absolutely critical, but I suspect you may have had something
different in mind?

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6 Jul 2007 - 9:03am
Dan Saffer
2003

On Jul 6, 2007, at 7:12 AM, Phillip Hunter wrote:

> How do you use wire frames for device design? I have
> an idea, but want to see what your answer is, first.

Basically what Pauric said: front and side panels to show controls
and then annotate what those do. Stuff like indicator lights and how
those work, when they turn on, etc. Basically to show device states.

Dan

6 Jul 2007 - 9:29am
Phillip Hunter
2006

That's really what I was getting at.

ph

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One thought on annotation. In my view, device design will involve
real proper old skool hardware engineers. They like things spelled
out black and white as hardware is somewhat more costly to change
after layout. I would avoid the 'touchy feely' annotations on the
wireframe itself and opt for more of a spec. In short, avoid any
room for interpretation.
e.g. http://tinyurl.com/2bvp7u

cheers - p

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6 Jul 2007 - 1:06pm
Phillip Hunter
2006

Thanks. That's very helpful and I see how the use of wire frames helps the
overall design effort for devices. Thanks also for helping underscore my
point that wire frames *can be* part of a design effort and its output
versus being a part of the definition of design.

ph

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I see, well with device design there is a different audience, but that
does not mean a diminished role for wireframes. While hardware
engineers need things detailed I've found they also appreciate the
end-user visualisation side of things.

In addition, and this is so critical, having a wireframe at the table
goes a -long- way to avoiding engineer led feature creep.

In a specific example I got in to a debate about displaying error
states. The engineer quite comfortably wanted to flash an LED at one
state for error A, and faster for error B. Then in the UI he wanted
to display the type of error in the mimic component. My take was, if
there's an error... there's a problem, the device will be taken
offline - plain and simple no matter what type of error it is. I was
able to juxtapose his view of the internals with what the user would
see via the wireframes and avoided making a hard call against him.

Point being, wireframes can be a new format for some engineers.
Doesnt mean you can leverage them in powerful ways. They can be used
to tell a story not readily available from a traditional tabled spec.

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