An important part of a UX process is generating wireframe design and lean mockups.
The early wireframe design helps in generating quick user feedback about envisioned user interface and user experience. Iterations are less expensive in this phase of the process (pre-production). In many engagements, this part of the process is often unpaid and is used heavily as a sales conversion investment. For the above reasons, it is very crucial that the toolsets you use complements your need of rapidly generating wireframe design.
If you’re a UX Designer, you may already be using few tools for generating design mockups; it still does not harm to explore what else is available and what tools other designers employ successfully in their process. Providing a Wireframe/Design Tools Roundup…in no particular order.
- Adobe Fireworks
- Balsamiq Mockups
- App Sketcher
- Power Mockup
- Mocking Bird
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft PowerPoint
And let’s not forget the ever-reliable Paper and Pencil. It is said that all the existing things have been conceived twice – once in mind and second time in physical form. The closest you can get to doing justice to the concept in mind is free-form doodling with pencil on paper, before you get to semi-formalizing the concept using a software sketching tool…from the above list.
Hope this collation of tools proves to be useful. Since I haven’t used them all, I can’t offer a comparative view across the landscape. Feel free to add to the list and share personal experiences through “comments”. Happy wireframing!