How to improve your web and app design process with prototypes
An efficient prototyping workflow from the get-go can lead to more meaningful user experiences and better designs. Let’s show you how to do it in 4 simple steps
Getting from idea to final product is a long and arduous road, certainly not for the faint of heart. But, with perseverance anyone can do it. Let’s take a look at how you can use Justinmind, combined with some other UX design tricks, to boost your prototyping workflow with these 4 steps for powerful prototyping. Are you ready?
Sketch on paper or with a sketching UI kit
The power of sketching should not go unmentioned. Sketching is a great way to get your ideas from your head out into the real world. Many of us grow out of the sketching habit, usually as a result of believing we’re not good at it.
But sketching doesn’t require talent – anyone with two hands can get involved and it brings much to the design and prototyping workflow. Instead, it helps to see sketching not as some form of fine art but a visual thinking tool. A methodology that can make your thinking more robust and help you articulate ideas in a different way.
When sketching, the best thing is to keep it loose. Grab old sheets of paper – when you’re done throw them away. This is a useful tip because when you sketch something and throw it away, you don’t put any heart into your sketch. There’s no emotional attachment. This is something UX designers should foster because when you start pouring your heart and soul into a sketch, you’re tip-toeing into artist territory.
Changing your mindset to view sketching as another way of thinking means you can get your ideas down quicker. Hey, thankfully, Justinmind has a few tricks up our sleeve to make sketching digital.
Take our Sketching UI kit – it’s a widget library that’s full to the brim of handy, roughly sketched UI components. When you download the UI kit, load it into Justinmind and you’ll have before you over 100 drag and drop sketching components to populate your canvas with. Who knew sketching could be so fun and so easy?
Build a static wireframe with your team
Before you create a robust interactive prototype, get your team together and create a static wireframe. What’s a static wireframe? It’s essentially an improved version of your sketches. They have more definition in terms of how they look, what buttons go where and the layout of particular screens but they’re still a little low-tech. No bells and whistles. At least not yet. That comes later.
Justinmind has some pretty powerful sharing and collaboration tools to make everyone’s life easier. After all, there is nothing worse than endless reworks. You can share your static wireframe online and edit who can (or cannot!) view it as well as who can make any changes.
Since you’ve got everyone at the same table, you’ll be able to discuss key functionalities, target users and create your own user flows.
Want to know more about user flows and how to add them into your process? Look no more.
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Take your prototyping workflow to the next level with interactivity
That’s right. You’ve made a handful of sketches, thrown some away, hunted for the one with the perfect design on it, lost it and finally you settled on something magic. You got your team together and made some important decisions. You’ve defined your user flows… hey, it looks like you’re on a roll here. But now it’s time to really make things shine. To make your mobile app or website stand out.
How do you make things stand out? Interactivity, duh! In Justinmind, it’s time to take your static wireframe and inject some life into it. The benefits of creating something hi-fi are numerous but with an interactive prototype, you get a real sense of what your finished product will be like. There’s nothing quite like seeing a client’s face light up when you show them a prototype that’s got those all important bells and whistles added.
In Justinmind, we’ve got enough Events to shake a stick at. Events make your prototype rich and full of life. Whether you need to simulate mobile gestures or engaging animations, with Justinind it’s all possible. What are you waiting for?
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Need to satisfy developers too?
Every mobile app and website in the ends needs a developers to put their coding magic to practice. You need them to take your already interactive prototype and make it into an interactive reality. We know how design developer collaboration can be a headache. But let Justinmind’s design developer interface be your aspirin.
What’s the design developer interface, you ask? Well, we’ve taken all the important aspects that make a developers life easier and put them into Justinmind. So when it comes to vital hex codes, creating documentation and seeing the exact position of elements on the canvas, the developer interface has all this information at a glance and readily available for the developers in your workflow.
How to improve your web and app design process with prototypes – the takeaway
Developing a website or mobile app is a complex process; even the most experienced designer or developer can get tripped up by mis-managed requirements, team misunderstandings or workflow break-downs. By adding a prototyping phase to the design process there’s less chance of misunderstandings and more chance of having a winning web and app design process.