A hybrid prototype — the holy grail of wireframing
25 Aug 2010 - 1:19pm
2 years ago
After reading through Zaki Warfel's Prototyping, I hoped it would shed light on the most effective techniques. It was a very good read and included some invaluable insights on progressively iterating from paper models to high fidelity designs. It's led me to make some assertions about prototyping tools...
Balsamiq and HotGloo are excellent tools for collaborative wireframe design
Using markup/Dreamweaver to wireframe is maybe the most agile prototyping method
Fireworks is likely the most efficient pipeline to get from design to code
Axure has a great ability to spit out code from wireframe specs
When exploring designs for interaction, the hope is always to throw away as little as possible. I'm hoping to create a hybrid pipeline where widgets / controls have live code attached to them. A repository of design patterns, similar to PatternTap, with associated markup code. I'm looking to the community to help shed insight on achieving such a hybrid pipeline or providing any anecdotes from their own toolkit.
Been playing around with this workflow and getting fairly reasonable results...