Prototyping is the activity of creating incomplete versions of software applications. This is done to test implementations, guide development and get feedback.

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What tools and / or processes can help geographically separated teams in the design / prototyping phase?

We are applying a rapid prototyping process quite successfully in our team. With our new project we have designers and developers separated by a large body of water. Hence our normal approach of ...
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Question for UI/UX designers re: prototyping UI animation

I am a motion graphics designer (previously: motion graphics for TV, games, etc), but more recently, I worked on prototyping UI motion for an app - which I really enjoyed! I have mainly used After ...
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prototyping with transparent backgrounds

we are imposing an interface that is supposed to overlay on a physical environment, kind of like how the google glass interface is superimposed in their advertisement videos. the setup uses 2 ...
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How to represent touch gestures in interactive prototypes for Multi-touch apps (Android / IOS)

I have always wondered that, How can we represent/show multi-touch gestures like swipe, pinch etc in mockups / interactive prototypes. For example, I'm currently prototyping in Axure for an Android ...
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What is the difference between Wireframing and prototyping

What is the difference between Wireframing and prototyping? Prototype should be interactive and Wire-frame Static? Am i right?
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Wireframe and prototyping comptability with Oracle ADF user interface components

I really hope this question does not get closed as its pretty important to me:) I have recently started a big project in which Oracle ADF is the backend. Having said that, Oracle ADF has it's own ...
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Voice prototyping software [closed]

I'm making an interface fully on speech. A bit like Siri for example. The system would take commands from the user but also talks back. It should record on forehand speech output so when a user asks ...
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What kind of framework do you use when you are prototyping in browser? [closed]

This is a question for those who actually do some wireframes in HTML. What kind of frameworks (Zurb Foundation, Bootstrap, Wirefly) or combinations (Boilerplate + Grid system) or just plain HTML/CSS ...
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How to prototype a parallax-heavy interface [closed]

I'd like to prototype a web site with a massive use of parallax effect, like this: http://spider.mclarenautomotive.com/ For prototyping, I'd like to test how using this effect could influence the ...
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Need help with create “Change History” interface

Looking for some help on an interface I am working. Just to give some background, the basic requirement of this page is that users need to be able to see any edits and changes that have been made by ...
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Low-fidelty vs high-fidelity: Do they elicit different types of reactions?

You often read claims that lower fidelity prototypes illicit different reactions than higher fidelity prototypes. This came to mind again today because I came across it when reading a post on UIE ...
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Paperprototyping a swipe function

I am making my first paper prototypes for a touchscreen interface. In a list view, a single bar in the list has three possible interactions, swipe left swipe right, or tap. Swiping left will reveal a ...
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Prototyping Processes in Different Software Development Methodologies

I have identified the following iterative process for prototyping: And its iterative nature makes me think a lot of agile or spiral models, and because of this I think that they are usually more ...
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How to understand what to prototype - why prototype at all?

I recently read a book about prototyping. While it was an interesting read, I am still unable to somehow really understand what the sense of a prototype is or what to prototype for. For example I ...
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Which tool should I use to create mockups of user interfaces for big displays? [closed]

I'm developing some user interfaces for big displays. A lot of them support multi-touch interaction. I started to draw some mockups manually with pen & paper. For various reasons I want to do it ...
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Sharing mockups with annotations

I'm working with our UX team to try and figure out a better way to communicate design ideas and interactions, to development, in our mockups. Currently, we're essentially uploading two versions of ...
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Static Site Generator for prototyping a website [closed]

The site I will be designing will have a lot of content (few hundred pages) and users need for content will vary. Most probably some of the content will be dynamically generated based on users ...
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When doing user studies of paper prototypes should you wait till one fails or test in parallel?

So lets say you want to see how confusing a first go at your user interface might be. (new its never been released to the public before). your before the steps at which you might do a heuristic ...
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How to communicate that an element on a low fidelity wireframe needs color

What is the best way to indicate color on low fidelity wireframe? I'm creating a low fidelity wireframe and I've been instructed to not use any specific colors aside from the basic (the visual ...
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Quantifiable benefits of wireframing and prototyping?

I'm trying to come up with a few sources for quantifiable benefits of wireframing and prototyping, but I am having trouble finding results. I've seen plenty of "reduces requirements phase, improves ...
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Prototyping - use real or dummy content?

When prototyping do you typically use real or dummy content? Please give your reasons.
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Pros/Cons of PSD mockups vs. HTML mockups

I've read some articles (this one and this one) recently that are opening my eyes to HTML mockups as opposed to the usual PSD mockups. In the article they cite certain pros: Changes are a lot ...
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Phone or Tablet mockups: chicken or the egg?

What form factor should we start with, when the boss asks for "mobile" wireframes? Should we choose phone, full-sized tablet, or "mini" tablet - and why? I am finding the Nexus 7 a good starting ...
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How to use paper prototyping on an existing product

Paper prototyping is a very powerful tool early on in a new product build as it helps you to iron out ux and rapidly iterate. However if you're working on an existing product and want to test small ...
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Cameras for Paper Prototyping

I help manage a small usability lab. One of the things we're trying to is to record paper prototyping sessions - with a user sitting at a table and a camera directly overhead (from a height of about ...
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How to archive paper prototypes and physical objects from design process?

I have looked around UXSE for questions on this and haven't found anything yet. I am looking for solutions to managing paper prototypes and sketches and other physical objects created during a design ...
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Why use paper prototyping, besides saving time?

When creating a web application prototype, I find it's pretty easy for me to put together a fast prototype. What are the advantages to using a paper prototype instead (or before that)? This video ...
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Best ways of Usability testing and relation to prototyping.

I am creating an application for ipad currently in prototyping phase. The application is on therapy for health. I am not sure as to to what level of prototyping must be done in order for the usability ...
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Best practices for interactive prototypes deliverables?

I'm introducing Axure prototypes to a client for the first time. While Axure offers very detailed annotations and specs, I think it's overkill for this project—a scheduling application for internal ...
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How Would You Prototype a Drawing App?

The app in question targets your typical mouse/trackpad + keyboard users. Actually having someone draw using pencil+paper (e.g. on a paper prototype) misses the point which is that it sucks to draw ...
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3-state control on/off/suspended

I’m creating a prototype for a system which will give the user to control a specific feature in the system by switching it on and off. To control the feature we have a 3-state control: on off ...
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Creating prototypes using keynote for ipad

I have hi-fi wireframes for each screen, which are flattened images in JPEG format. These wireframes can be connected by hotspots in Fireworks or any other tool that creates clickable prototypes. How ...
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Rapid UI prototyping for consumer product [closed]

I am searching for a tool which helps me to create a basic UI mockup for a consumer product. When I am searching online I only find tools that are aimed on website design and computer software ui ...
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Which prototyping tools? [closed]

This links heavily into the following question: What are some great web-based prototyping tools? However I didn't want to limit the suggestions to "Web Based" tools, I have found and used the ...
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What kinds of sites should I focus on for a “new look and concept” redesign, and how much of a regular UX process should I follow?

On Behance, I've seen many "new look and concept" redesigns such as this one for Facebook and this one for Wikipedia. The gist of one of these projects is that you ask yourself, "If I could redesign ...
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What kind of tool is this? What kind of image program? [closed]

What kind of program has been used to produce this mock-up image?
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What are good ways to map out the sequence of user interactions on a page?

In other words, you know the typical sequence for a user based on previous interviews. You would want the next interaction to be easy to find and be a logical next step. So what are examples or ...
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What are some great web-based prototyping tools? [closed]

I'm looking for a list of web-based prototyping tools and I'd like to build one up here by using StackExchange's democratic voting system. There are already some lists around the web, notably these ...
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Testing dashboard prototypes

I will be testing various dashboard ideas on the hospital floor. We are testing for content to see if the info is valuable in real-time. Are there interesting tools / methods that would allow me to ...
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How to change design at storyboard start using GUI Design studio [closed]

I hope this question belongs here... I'm using GUI Design studio to prototype GUI design. Is there any way to specify that something should happen at the very begining of storyboard ?
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What are some great resources for improving UI/UX sketching and designing skills? [closed]

I was hoping to see if anyone could help me out by sharing suggestions for great places to check out for tutorials, worksheets, tips and even books to improve ui design skill. This would perhaps be ...
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high fidelity prototypes - how to NOT be killed?

Let's say we have a web application that will have, more or less... hmm... 500 different pages. Some of them quite similar. For the sake of user centred design, should I ask the design team to ...
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Relationship between Front-End Dev and Interaction Design [closed]

[I am not changing the original question as there are valuable answers here. but the research I was conducting is now finished and results are published here and http://hci.me.uk/jqueryperformance/ ...
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Benefits of testing at a wireframe prototype stage rather than design stage?

Trying to convince internally that testing at an interactive prototype stage will be more effective at ridding usability issues than at a design stage. What are the benefits of testing early other ...
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How to handle nonfunctional elements in prototype?

In an interactive prototype there often tends to be elements displayed that don't function the way they eventually will, due to time constraints, not being a part of that particular user test, etc. ...
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How do you version-control your wireframe/prototype assets?

How do you version-control your wireframe/prototype assets? I have largely been working with interactive HTML prototypes and as I go through iteration after iteration I find that my process of ...
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Is it cheaper to make interactive prototypes in code or with Axure? [closed]

I am on a project where we would like to test with visual designs. I have an extremely detailed Axure prototype and completed designs for most pages. I know you can put designs into Axure and do the ...
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Prototyping tool for mobile/tablet [closed]

Is there any interactive prototyping tool for creating low to high fidelity for tablets and mobile where the tool generates html output. I came across this tool(http://www.justinmind.com/) which ...
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UI gestures for Kinect, Kinect-type devices

On touch screen devices, there appears to have evolved a standard set of gestures, e.g. pinch and spread with two fingers for zoom in and zoom out swipe with one finger to scroll a document We're ...
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Mobile UX prototyping tools in the classroom [closed]

(I know this sounds like a repeat question, but I am asking this specifically for a classroom context and I have some specific needs (other than "free") that I feel sets this question apart. Please ...