Friday, May 12, 2006

The Guided Wireframe Narrative for Rich Internet Applications

Applying the wireframe to rich internet apps...

"Just as IA/UX/ID designers were settling into a comfortable working rhythm, the next step in the never-ending information architect’s challenge arrived: designing for rich internet applications (RIA).

The problem is both predictable and inescapable: our technologies improve faster than we know how to effectively design for them. It may be that AJAX, Laszlo, Flex, and other technologies enhance usability and challenge the way we think and design but, more importantly, they also put a heavier demand on our deliverables.

We were all told in Writing 101 to “show, not tell.” And in most cases this approach makes sense: there is no better form to express structure, conventions, and flow than “showing” the client a prototype. However, when projects are tightly constrained by time and cost, we have discovered that “telling” the client is an acceptable second choice. Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for second best: composing a narrative that “shows” requires only the tools and techniques that you are already familiar with: Microsoft PowerPoint and wireframes.

This case study covers the “guided wireframe narrative” technique used to design a typical web-based application."   continued ...   (Via boxes and arrows)

A design narrative - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

A design narrative


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