Design Tools Tips

18 May 2006 - 9:27am
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dszuc
2005

In a few months, I will be starting a project involving some design work. I
am a *big fan* of *hand drawing screens* pencil, paper, post its,
highlighters, eraser etc and not getting to caught up *futzing* in tools -
although I do like PowerPoint and Visio.

Any suggestions to help bridge this electronically? Ideally, I am looking
for a *tool* where I can draw screens directly into the PC and then send
electronic copies to the dev team immediately.

All tips and direction appreciated.

Thank you,

Daniel Szuc
Principal Usability Consultant
Apogee Usability Asia Ltd
www.apogeehk.com
'Usability in Asia'

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18 May 2006 - 9:53am
Todd Warfel
2003

Sounds like you need a digital pen to me:

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/features/digitalwriting/US/EN

18 May 2006 - 10:04am
Dave Malouf
2005

Here are a few suggestions:

scanr.com
This site allows you to take pictures of white boards and then when you
mail them in, they mail back to you a PDF. Import PDF into Illustrator
to clean up afterwards. (btw, this also works for OCRing documents too).

Mimio:
A whiteboard capturing tool, where you get 4 radio transmitters that
transmit location to the mimio device which creates BMPs of your
whiteboards.

Wacom: pen/tablet
Well, its a pen/tablet. Of course there is the most expensive one which
turns your desktop screen into a tablet view. Very cool at some $2-3K or so.

TabletPC (or converted tablet Mac).
big up front cost but definitely a good tool for this purpose.

Then there are various digital pens, which allow you to draw on paper
and it transmits what you draw into a graphic format on your PC. Some
require special paper, and some don't.

--d ave

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18 May 2006 - 11:34am
leo.frishberg a...
2005

Have you considered Denim?
http://dub.washington.edu/denim/
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In a few months, I will be starting a project involving some design
work. I
am a *big fan* of *hand drawing screens* pencil, paper, post its,
highlighters, eraser etc and not getting to caught up *futzing* in tools
-
although I do like PowerPoint and Visio.

Any suggestions to help bridge this electronically? Ideally, I am
looking
for a *tool* where I can draw screens directly into the PC and then send
electronic copies to the dev team immediately.

All tips and direction appreciated.

Thank you,

Daniel Szuc
Principal Usability Consultant
Apogee Usability Asia Ltd
www.apogeehk.com
'Usability in Asia'

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18 May 2006 - 1:44pm
Christian Sosa-Lanz
2006

I just had to take this opportunity to plug Curio. Its for the Mac,
but is solves this problem exactly. Its the first time I have been
able to fully ideate on the computer.

Alias Sketch is a great option too. It breaks away from traditional
GUI, giving you a more creative environment to work in. The key in
any ideation program is that it be as freeform as possible. The more
tools, grids and 'help' features, the more creativity is hindered.
You practically need software that does nothing for you.

A tablet is essential for any of this to work. It takes a while to
get used to it, but it's the only way to go, short of a tablet PC.

Christian Sosa-Lanz

18 May 2006 - 10:44am
Richard Martin
2006

Berkeley's Group for User Interface Research created a program which
produced interactive prototypes from hand drawn sketches called DENIM.
http://dub.washington.edu/denim/

I fooled around with it a bit 4-5 years ago, but never found a project I
really needed to use it for. It's been updated since then, but I'm not
familiar with the new version. It may only be useful if used with some of
the tablet/pen or TabletPC's that David mentioned.

Rich
Richard Martin
Senior Analyst, Usable Products Company

19 May 2006 - 1:50pm
Jeff Howard
2004

Hi Daniel,

There was an interesting example on this list back in February. The thread was called "Sketching
with PowerPoint"
http://tinyurl.com/rlb29

A wacom tablet was used to compile a library of hand-drawn widgets:
http://www.gabrielwhite.com/ixdapptmockup/pptmockup_widgetlibrary.gif

These could be compiled into a sketch with Powerpoint:
http://www.gabrielwhite.com/ixdapptmockup/pptmockup_example.gif

The author said it took about a month to compile the library.

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