Wireframes, supporting documentation, and software choices

20 Feb 2009 - 6:19am
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Danny Hope
2008

2009/2/20 Adrian Howard <adrianh at quietstars.com>:
> Paper. Pens. Whiteboards. Sticky notes. Being in the same room as the
> developers. Talking.

I completely agree with this.

Also, if it's an existing app, you might find it useful to start a
pattern library wiki. This would house all interface elements that get
reused in your wireframes.

So I would add Google Sites to the list of tools, as it has easy to
use wiki features.

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Danny Hope
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20 Feb 2009 - 6:34am
Eirik Midttun
2009

Just to supplement Adrian and Danny's comments. I use this approach
in my own projects. The documentation, in form of electronic files,
should be minimum: It takes time to write and is often a bore to
read. It is really inefficient to communicate this way.

It is an important element in Agile development. User Stories, a
specification method, actually has a principle that a feature should
be specified so vaguely that interaction with a designer, user, or
other stakeholder can't be avoided. Additional notes are used for a
few very illustrative points, or things that are unusual.

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20 Feb 2009 - 7:49am
gfrances@iconta...
2008

My personal preference is to keep supporting documentation in the wireframe itself. I do everything in Fireworks, using a simple, easily replicated style for annotations. This means there is one file that I have to worry about, and one file that development has to worry about.

20 Feb 2009 - 10:38am
Mark Schraad
2006

I like Indesign as well... it handle vectors much better than illustrator...
and handles type ultimately better than photoshop. I am much faster with the
same results than in either omni or the other dedicated aps.
We do a tone of iterative works so we often need to wireframe a section on
top of todays screen capture. Indesign does this really well.

I only wish that is would export into illustrator better. I get that it is
meant for print where you need to go from illustrator to indesign... but
lost of our visual folks build art in illustrator and render into photoshop.
The only real option is pdf... and editing text in a pdf is pure hell.

On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 9:20 AM, Christopher Risdon <chrismisc at mac.com>wrote:

> I use InDesign, or a Fireworks/InDesign combination depending on the
> fidelity of the wireframes.
>
> I like InDesign because it's great for vectors, and it's great for
> 'editorial', since it's a powerful publication design tool. And it
> does tables just fine, though I just go the annotation route.
>
> You can still use .eps files/templates and maintain libraries, and it
> does most any vector task that Omnigraffle or Illustrator can do.
>
> Obviously it's more expensive, but it's what I use because it does
> drawing and text very well in a multi-page document.
>
> - Chris
>
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20 Feb 2009 - 11:08am
Todd Warfel
2003

Um, Illustrator is vector.

On Feb 20, 2009, at 11:38 AM, mark schraad wrote:

> I like Indesign as well... it handle vectors much better than
> illustrator...

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20 Feb 2009 - 2:32pm
mcaskey
2008

Illustrator is my vector machine of choice. In fact, I do almost all of
my thinking and working in [Freemind and] Illustrator.

Mike Caskey
[in Colorado]

Todd Zaki Warfel wrote:
> Um, Illustrator is vector.
>
> On Feb 20, 2009, at 11:38 AM, mark schraad wrote:
>
>> I like Indesign as well... it handle vectors much better than
>> illustrator...
>
>
> Cheers!
>
> Todd Zaki Warfel
> President, Design Researcher
> Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
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> Voice: (215) 825-7423
> Email: todd at messagefirst.com
> AIM: twarfel at mac.com
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