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It's unclear what level of detail and what format should be used to best communicate UX designs to engineering. I am afraid of making it too detailed or not detailed enough.

Format possibilities:

  • Wireframing
  • Storyboards
  • Prototypes
  • Low res (e.g. balsamiq)
  • Text (wiki)


  • Pixel perfect
  • Business Logic
  • Interaction Design
  • Use Cases
  • Competitive Research
  • Performance requirements

This question isn't meant to boil the ocean, but more of a ballpark answer to lead me in the general direction.

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closed as off topic by ChrisF, Rahul Dec 2 '11 at 10:15

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Hi Alien, this question was closed because it's not related to user experience design. Since your question is about both communicating and design, you could consider asking it on Graphic Design, Programmers or Project Management. – Rahul Dec 2 '11 at 10:17
@Rahul Isn't this question realted to the usability of the artifact that Alien produces to document his design? Of which the developers are the users? – katDNA Dec 2 '11 at 12:12
I think if you rephrased your question to be about what to include in your design documents not how much it would be a much more answerable question. – Ben Brocka Dec 2 '11 at 14:55
Thats ok I found out this question had already been asked on here a couple times, and didn't get closed. I guess the UX moderators here need to learn that closing new users questions is having a negative impact on their sites UX. – Alien Dec 2 '11 at 18:19
Your question would have been closed for being a repeat, anyway. – Taj Moore Dec 2 '11 at 19:24

I would make a document with a short specification of the functional behavier of the website. Show the page screens with layout guidelines (raster, measures, colors, fonts, images). And maybe descripe the visual conditions of some controls (status for normal, hover, pressed status). In addition label your layers clearly.

I think, this is good basis for communicating with the developer.

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I would add: clickable prototype essential add-on – colmcq Dec 2 '11 at 12:57

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