Saturday, May 13, 2006

The design behind the design

The pros and cons of wire framing ...

"Web standards, browser support, and continued creativity are resulting in increasingly sophisticated web-based experiences. As information architects (IAs), it is important that we grow our capabilities to communicate more complex structures and interactions so that colleagues can comprehend, visualize, and ultimately build the experiences we envision.

As such, conversations about how to evolve our tried-and-true approach of wireframing are rampant. Some argue eloquently that we should move away from wireframing altogether and instead prototype a living, functionally evolving target experience (such as Garret Dimon’s “AJAX & DOM Scripting: Just Build It”). That’s also the direction espoused recently in “Getting Real” by 37signals. Others have demonstrated techniques to enrich wireframes by simulating in-page interactions via interactive storyboards (such as Bill Scott’s “Storyboarding Rich Internet Applications with Visio”).

However, IAs may be unable (lacking technical know-how) or unwilling (because of time, culture, or other constraints) to illustrate design solutions with such technically demanding methods. So, in keeping it old school, many will continue to focus on improving wireframing techniques. One improvement is to illustrate and document a design’s modular framework via efficient reuse of a similarly modular set of artifacts."   continued ...   (Via Boxes and Arrows)

Linked Documents - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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