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IPhone Mockup tool

July15

If you spend as much time as I do discussing App design with folk – this is an absolute godsend. The Wonderful Adam Cassel from Crossoverlabs brought this to my attention and I worship nightly at a shrine to him because of it.
Absolutely. Smashing.

Drag and drop interface, pencil or outline style to fit different stages of development or clients and so quick to use.

It explains how your app works! In seconds.

Wireframing Interaction Design Tutorial

July14

A tutorial in specifying interactions using Balsamiq. A really neat insight into Wireframing workflow from the creators of one of the best toolkits out there.

 

Storyboarding to film = wireframing to online

 

Examples of early stage UI Wireframes

July11

When building any concept – the most important tool is a pencil in my opinion. This is a fantastic space where we get to see some sites in their initial stages. This gives a rare insight in to process, development and thinking on a wide variety of websites. There are some really great insights here worth looking over before beginning any project.

The pencil is mightier than the sword. If you tie it to an angry shark.

Cacoo Wireframing Tool

July5

Cacoo is a great free wireframing tool which includes some fantastic drawing functionality to allow you to make site maps and more, but its greatest selling point is the ability to work on designs collaboratively with other users at the same time regardless of geographical location using the chat function. Go Creativity!!!

cacoo-wireframing-tool

Make wonderful collaborative wireframes from anywhere in the world.

Free UX Design Tools

June27

Everyone loves UXD and everyone loves free stuff – If only we could marry the two???

Those lovely folk at UX For The Masses – who’s tag line ‘because it ain’t bleedin’ rocket science’ is possibly the best ever made – have pulled together a list of 25 free UX tools. Just for you.

Balsamiq - one of 25 free UX tools sourced by UX for the Masses

25 free UXD Tools

Tools for User Journeys – Wireframes Magazine

June27

Wireframes Magazine is just great, and here is an interesting repository of thoughts on user journeys, as well as tools for making them

 

 

Why So Serious? – ARG

June26

Ah Why So Serious – how do I love thee? Let me count the ways….
Not the first one out there, but still the one which is pulled out when you require an example of how ARG works. The perfect storm of subject, fan base, timing and product which captured the Zeitgeist and created the cast iron proof that participatory culture is real, alive and living to those cold hearted souls on Madison Ave.
I never played it, I only found out about it a year after it had finished, but it was the first time since I was twelve that I felt that I had read about something completely new that would change everything forever. On top of this, whenever I have to explain ARG’s its my first point of call as 42 Entertainment’s opus has everything.
In 2009 I was working in advertising, and a tiny New York Times article blew my mind for the possibilities and opportunities out there for any content provider brave enough to share their IP with their audience. This started my journey from cynical, bored rich person, to excited poor believer in a better way.

It was my red pill and every day I drop to my knees and thank the stars I took it.

Because I'm stealing a school bus after a ringing cake told me to.

 

Here is a video overview