Trying to avoid the "what is the best tool for 'X'" type question, but a friend asked and I wasn't quite sure how to answer.
The original question went something like this:
What's the best tool for a sales-type guy/girl to create interactive mobile mockups?
The more I thought about it, the more I felt like I'd be doing a disservice to simply respond with "Balsamiq" (or any other tool for that matter).
I feel like the question could go deeper with something like:
What's the best/most efficient way for someone in sales to get his/her feet wet with UX?
- Read some books? Don't Make Me Think, The Design of Everyday Things, A Project Guide to UX Design?
- Learn some of the tools? Photoshop, Sketch, UXPin, Flinto, etc.
Edit: This isn't about making the switch into the field. It's about getting their feet wet just enough to join the conversation in a meaningful way. I'm thinking about it like this:
Pat works in sales, but has an idea for an app/site/whatever they want to play around with as a side project. (S)he has heard about user-centered design, but that's about it. Some developer friends might be interested in teaming up, but they don't have much experience with UX either. What do you tell Pat?