Storyboard Eval Page Try a full version of Storyboard Suite Download a free 30 day evaluation of a fully functional version of Storyboard Suite by filling out the information below. An e-mail containing an evaluation key and the product download information will be sent to the address you have provided. All information collected is for Crank Software internal use only. How to create interactive prototypes with PowerPoint Why PowerPoint? It contains a useful design tools, making it ideal to create wireframes and clickable prototypes for a variety of applications quickly and cheaply, without having to learn complex design apps. These features include basic shapes, visual styles (fill, stroke, shadow,…), slide transitions, grouping, slide masters, and hyperlinks. Here’s how these features work together to create a prototype for an image sharing app for win 7 phone in less than 30 minutes.
A Look Inside Mobile Design Patterns - UX Booth Patterns for mobile application design Design patterns for mobile are emerging as the platform matures. Theresa Neil’s new book Mobile Design Pattern Gallery provides solutions to common design challenges. Read a sample chapter on Invitations and learn how to immediately engage your customers with your application. A Model for UX Career Growth Over on the UX Leadership Journal, Will Evans recently shared a really nice model for career growth in the UX field. [UPDATE: Will's model builds on one originally developed by David Sherwin and Justin Maguire of frog design.] It looks sort of like this. (I added a few details.) (Slightly larger version here. [Note that model has been updated to include attribution to David Sherwin and Justin Maguire.)
How to Create Landing Pages That Convert We talk a lot about landing pages these days, but what exactly are they? Broadly, a landing page is any page that visitors can get to or “land” on. When we refer to landing pages in a marketing context, we’re usually talking about standalone pages that are separate from your main website. We use landing pages to further one, specific goal – usually conversion, or getting visitors to take a particular action on the page. Whether you’re already using landing pages or not, taking a good look at how you can optimize pages for conversion is definitely a worthwhile investment. VividBoard, a company that makes custom whiteboards, committed to improving their landing pages and saw conversion rates rise from 2% to 27%.
16 Design Tools for Prototyping and Wireframing Article This article was written in 2009 and remains one of our most popular posts. If you’re keen to learn more about wireframing, you may find this recent article on free online wireframing tools of great interest. In recent years the number of tools available to help you document and design your web site has just exploded. Mobile UI Design Patterns: 10+ Sites for Inspiration By Jacob Gube User interface design patterns are solutions to common design challenges, such as navigating around an app, listing data or providing feedback to users. Mobile apps and sites have unique UI design requirements because, compared to their desktop counterparts, they’re used in smaller screens and, at least with today’s modern mobile devices, rely on fingers instead of a keyboard and mouse as input mechanisms.
Three Keys That Make Good Interaction Design Great A very difficult task sits before me. In November, I will be joining an amazing Interaction Awards jury in New York for a weekend of evaluation, critique, and debate, deciding which submitted works represent the best of interaction design, the design for how people relate to, interact with, and use products, systems, and services. This will be the first Interaction Awards, run by the Interaction Design Association (IxDA). It comes at an exciting time for our discipline. While books and articles have attempted to select, review, and dissect the work of interaction design over the years, never have we seen such a concerted effort to gather interaction design work, evaluate it and then display it for both the design and business worlds to see.
We Analysed The Homepages Of 20 Awesome Startups And Here Is What We Learnt Your startup’s homepage or landing page may be the one most important page of your site. Think of it as an empty canvas which you, as a business owner or web designer, can use to engage your first-time visitors. Primarily, your homepage’s job is to explain what your product or service is all about. But of course, it needs to do much more. It needs to provide your visitors with re-assurance that you are trustworthy, reliable and real. It needs to tell your visitor where to go next. Interactive Prototypes with PowerPoint Have you ever wished your early design mockups could come to life, so you could try out the navigation, test an interaction, or see if a button label just feels right when you click on it? Sure, you could invest in a dedicated prototyping tool, but you can create surprisingly quick and effective prototypes with a software program that’s probably sitting on your hard drive right now. It’s PowerPoint—and no, I am not kidding. I’ve met many designers who use PowerPoint for blocking out screens without ever discovering the interactive features for creating hyperlinks, buttons, and dynamic mouseover effects. Yes, PowerPoint can do all that. When I show people an interactive PowerPoint prototype, someone inevitably asks what I created it in.
Design Patterns: Faceted Navigation We are pleased to present an excerpt from Chapter 4 of Search Patterns by Peter Morville and Jeffery Callender (O’Reilly, 2010). —Ed. Faceted Navigation#section1 Also called guided navigation and faceted search, the faceted navigation model leverages metadata fields and values to provide users with visible options for clarifying and refining queries. Faceted navigation is arguably the most significant search innovation of the past decade. It features an integrated, incremental search and browse experience that lets users begin with a classic keyword search and then scan a list of results.
Wizards Versus Forms By Mike Hughes Published: September 19, 2011 “When I find myself designing an application that is complex, either in terms of its length or its logical dependencies, my natural instinct is to take a wizard approach. But … breaking up a task into smaller steps does not always provide a better user experience.” User eXperience Improvement Program (UXIP) - Event Espresso - WordPress Event Registration Calendar Ticketing Manager Plugin We believe we can help you be successful by offering cutting edge tools that are also easy to use and very affordable. To continuously make Event Espresso better, we have to understand how you use Event Espresso; what things work well and what needs to be improved. The User eXperience Improvement Program (UXIP) has been created to help us measure our progress against that very high expectation.
Let’s talk about Product Management — Greylock Perspectives Let’s talk about Product Management I spent over a decade as a product manager at a number of different companies. One thing I realized was how little we talked about the job of product management. I rarely met product managers from other companies. But I always felt product management was one of the most important functions that when done well, helps make companies and products much better, and when done badly, can really hurt a company and team. Over the past few years at Greylock, we’ve been trying to improve this, and help build a community of founders and product managers that can share best practices and trade stories about this job of product management.