Looking for good examples of RIA wireframe documentation

9 Nov 2010 - 3:08pm
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tdellaringa
2006

Good Afternoon,

I've been working on a RIA for some time. I've essentially built medium-fidelity wireframes, then put them together in InDesign with callouts and some basic information. I have to say I'm pretty unhappy with how they look and inform. I think the problem is I'm not happy with how they lay out, and I'm not sure I'm giving the right level of information.

Right now the pages are landscape, legal sized. The way I have them laid out, it just doesn't flow very well, but the screens need to be big enough to see.

So what I'm hoping is for some good examples of well done documenation of this sort. I wouldn't necessarily need to see whole docs, just a single page showing your format would be great.

If anyone has anything to share along these lines, that would be great.

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9 Nov 2010 - 6:05pm
aschechterman
2004

Tom, My fine former colleague Nick Iozzo might have tackled some of this, here: http://www.slideshare.net/niozzo/interactions-09-object-oriented-approach-to-designoad


Andrew Schechterman, PhD

User Experience Architect, Medical Psychologist

www.LinkedIn.com/in/andrewschechterman

www.AndrewSchechterman.com


On Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 2:02 PM, Tom DellAringa <pixelmech@gmail.com> wrote:

Good Afternoon,

I've been working on a RIA for some time. I've essentially built medium-fidelity wireframes, then put them together in InDesign with callouts and some basic information. I have to say I'm pretty unhappy with how they look and inform. I think the problem is I'm not happy with how they lay out, and I'm not sure I'm giving the right level of information.

Right now the pages are landscape, legal sized. The way I have them laid out, it just doesn't flow very well, but the screens need to be big enough to see.

So what I'm hoping is for some good examples of well done documenation of this sort. I wouldn't necessarily need to see whole docs, just a single page showing your format would be great.

If anyone has anything to share along these lines, that would be great.

10 Nov 2010 - 9:39am
tdellaringa
2006

Thanks Andrew, I will check that out!

10 Nov 2010 - 2:05pm
tessa
2008

Tom,Have you explored the potential of using Flash, and Fireworks to embed in InDesign short clips of how the app will actually work? The Creative Suite is fully integrated to uphold this method of callout/demo kind of presentation.
Tess

On Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 1:26 PM, Tom DellAringa <pixelmech@gmail.com> wrote:

Good Afternoon,

I've been working on a RIA for some time. I've essentially built medium-fidelity wireframes, then put them together in InDesign with callouts and some basic information. I have to say I'm pretty unhappy with how they look and inform. I think the problem is I'm not happy with how they lay out, and I'm not sure I'm giving the right level of information.

Right now the pages are landscape, legal sized. The way I have them laid out, it just doesn't flow very well, but the screens need to be big enough to see.

So what I'm hoping is for some good examples of well done documenation of this sort. I wouldn't necessarily need to see whole docs, just a single page showing your format would be great.

If anyone has anything to share along these lines, that would be great.

10 Nov 2010 - 2:11pm
tdellaringa
2006

You know, I haven't used FW in some time, and funny you mention that because I just downloaded the demo of the lastest version. But I do have the full CS available (other than FW) and I can use Flash. It's an interesting idea. I've always been a Photoshop guy and FW seemed redundant - but lately it seems there are some very interesting features, especially in the new version.

Thanks for the suggestion, I'm going to give FW a whirl.

10 Nov 2010 - 6:05pm
Joel Eden
2006

There are some many options now with Adobe CS5 (InDesign, Flash Catalyst, Fireworks). I only have InDesign CS5, the rest CS4 till next year, but I have been messing with using InDesign to output SWF that can be reinserted back into InDesign, then exported as a PDF that can play the SWF embedded. Pretty cool. And the new Multi-state objects in InDesign are letting me do interactivity that I can't seem to do in Fireworks CS4.

Joel

On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 2:50 PM, Tom DellAringa wrote: > You know, I haven't used FW in some time, and funny you mention that because > I just downloaded the demo of the lastest version. But I do have the full CS > available (other than FW) and I can use Flash. It's an interesting idea. > I've always been a Photoshop guy and FW seemed redundant - but lately it > seems there are some very interesting features, especially in the new > version. > > Thanks for the suggestion, I'm going to give FW a whirl. > >

11 Nov 2010 - 1:05am
tessa
2008

Excellent! Keep us posted on your discoveries as you move down this path. I think the CS is a good tool to push the envelope. :~)
Tess

On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 3:32 PM, Joel Eden <joel.eden@gmail.com> wrote:

There are some many options now with Adobe CS5 (InDesign, Flash
Catalyst, Fireworks). I only have InDesign CS5, the rest CS4 till next
year, but I have been messing with using InDesign to output SWF that
can be reinserted back into InDesign, then exported as a PDF that can
play the SWF embedded. Pretty cool. And the new Multi-state objects in
InDesign are letting me do interactivity that I can't seem to do in
Fireworks CS4.

Joel

On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 2:50 PM, Tom DellAringa wrote:
> You know, I haven't used FW in some time, and funny you mention that because
> I just downloaded the demo of the lastest version. But I do have the full CS
> available (other than FW) and I can use Flash. It's an interesting idea.
> I've always been a Photoshop guy and FW seemed redundant - but lately it
> seems there are some very interesting features, especially in the new
> version.
>
> Thanks for the suggestion, I'm going to give FW a whirl.
>
>

11 Nov 2010 - 5:09pm
Susan Oslin
2010

This is a really interesting thread regarding using the CS suite for interactin design.  Does anyone know of any CS training specifically for UX and integrating various pieces of the suite?

12 Nov 2010 - 1:05am
tessa
2008

Many different ways to put it all together using the Suite:

  • FireOntheBay past events - David Hogue and others give some great tutorials
  • InDesign User Group - not all tutorials are about print
  • Lynda.com to get you started
  • Adobe TV to get info and get excited

The CS rocks and with a bit of vision and determination it can be done. And done well.
Tess

On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 2:57 PM, Susan Oslin <susan@mmmcreative.com> wrote:

This is a really interesting thread regarding using the CS suite for interactin design.  Does anyone know of any CS training specifically for UX and integrating various pieces of the suite?

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12 Nov 2010 - 11:05am
chrischandler
2008

Hey Susan,

Have a look at Unify from EightShapes

"EightShapes Unify is a collection of templates, libraries, and other assets that enable user experience designers to create more consistent, effective deliverables faster. The system utilizes the Adobe Creative Suite of products; primarily, Adobe InDesign is the key authoring tool."

http://unify.eightshapes.com/

-cc


On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 2:57 PM, Susan Oslin <susan@mmmcreative.com> wrote:

This is a really interesting thread regarding using the CS suite for interactin design.  Does anyone know of any CS training specifically for UX and integrating various pieces of the suite?

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