Archive for the ‘Wireframes’ Category

What, when and why of wireframes – Hello Ignite

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

This five minute talk on wireframes is a condensed version of the blog post – the ‘What, when and why of wireframes‘. Hello Group have taken inspiration from the O’Reilly talks which, in turn have taken the idea from a couple of architects based in Tokyo – the Pecha Kucha way of presentation. In short, you have five minutes to tell the story and its an efficient (but pressurised!) method to get a message across. You can see the presentation here with accompanying audio.

Its a great way to do presentations but listen out for the comment right at the end – he was right!

Holistic concept models: an ROI blueprint

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

 

process    I read a post recently that illustrated how concept models are rarely used in the right way and are often  misunderstood. Are they really worth doing at all?

 

Now seems a good  time to expand on the tool that Dan Brown has popularised through his book Communicating Design. Not as simply a stand alone tool but one that can provide a blueprint for giving solid ROI on design, analytics and testing.

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IA diagrams on Flickr

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
flickrbutton The diagrams that have appeared on this site are now in a Flickr set here.The set will grow, but I hope to use it as a basis to help educate/enlighten clients in what IA is and what it can offer them.

The what, when and why of wireframes

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

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I recently presented at a conference on the humble wireframe and thought it would be a good idea to run through some key points. I have also noted that some feel the wireframe is dead, though if anything its more alive now than ever. Pay heed to 37 signal’s take on the subject…

If a wireframe document is destined to stop and never directly become the actual design, don’t bother doing it. If the wireframe starts as a wireframe and then morphs into the actual design, go for it.

IA collaboration – two heads can be better

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

 

IAcollab   Two months ago I wrote about a case study, how it was implemented and what the results were. I thought I would go into the detail of the information architecture and how collaboration with my colleague helped us reach a successful conclusion to the project.

 

I was extremely fortunate to be working alongside a taxonomist, Rachel Hammond. We were sat beside each other and interacted continuously on the same project daily. This made for an extremely good collaborative working environment.

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Persuasion Architecture – getting the ROI on IA

Monday, February 18th, 2008

 

persuasion   Persuasion Architecture has been around for years, Bryan Eisenberg (and his brother Jeffrey) founded the term and has been successfully establishing it as a concept and a measurable process. However, in a recent post, he states that after 7 years we still must be aware of usability and optimising the user experience. Regardless of the passage of time, sites still struggle to be successful. (more…)

Living Wireframes using Office Live

Monday, February 11th, 2008

 

wire_live   The challenge that faces any design project that uses wireframes is that they can easily be snapshots in time and become static. As soon as they are printed or circulated around a stakeholder group they become a moment in the site development’s life cycle. They often can be made redundant due to forces outside of the design project. This can be a potential point of weakness for this valuable deliverable.

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Visual Language 1.0 – BBC layout guidelines

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

 

bbc   Any web designer or IA will find this document really interesting and high value. It makes you thankful for institutions like the BBC who readily share their research with the public. This openness and transparency is really admirable and only possible through public funding. Find out the style and layout properties for the forthcoming BBC web pages here.


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Wireframes – illustrating design strategy

Monday, January 7th, 2008

 

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The powerful thing about the wire frame is that it removes many emotive aspects of design that will cause division amongst clients. There are no uses of branding , colours or elements of graphic interest on a good wire frame. When they are stripped back to absolute functional essentials it is much easier to explain exactly why key elements are placed in certain areas on the page.

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