I have been thinking lately about the process for creating mockups and in particular, the data they display. I'm curious about whether the data should be more realistic or completely generic. Is one more effective than the other during client/stakeholders reviews? And so on...
I know you are all busy with work and life but if you can spare a moment and share your feedback regarding the questions below, I would be very appreciative.
Let's say (hypothetically) you're working as an HFE-specialist for a major corporation developing huge situational awareness/command and control systems for many countries. The process for HFE/ID/UX is substandard and the interfaces are often put together by the programmers.
Now what if you could decide how everything will work instead? What would you do, what standards would you have the company adhere to? What would the processes you design look like? What key documents would be produced?
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...
I had a disheartening discussion with a programmer at our office yesterday. He felt that we should not "waste our time" with prototypes, or even wireframes! He said that our creative director found the wireframes limiting, and ended up giving back to us exactly the layout that was provided in the wireframes. I explained that the process of wireframing and prototyping helps work out the flow of content, the page requirements, online interactions, and serves as a guide for design. And I said that many designers I'd worked with had been able to interpret the wireframes just fine.
I wanted to ask around on the process of creating wireframes for designing mobile applications. In creating these wireframes, should I work on paper before actually hopping into a drawing program to lay out these wireframes? I believe working on paper is faster and easier before laying out the wireframes for a project. However, the company I am working with, might be wondering if I am wasting my time. That I should be doing wireframes within the drawing program. What are your suggestions and thoughts on this issue?