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CHI-WEB  May 1998, Week 1

CHI-WEB May 1998, Week 1

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Summary: Web UI prototyping

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David Koosis <[log in to unmask]>

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David Koosis <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 4 May 1998 16:10:32 -0400

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A brief summary of the recent Web UI prototyping threads follows.
We find a real hodge-podge of criteria and tools, eh?

I come closest in style to Tom Dayton, who uses paper.
I wonder what your reactions would be to:

-A UI-builder, like Delphi or VB with much less stuff, designed to facilitate collaborative doodling with a stylus & pads built into a conference room table.
-A whiteboard with magnetized UI elements, like refrigerator magnets.
-A whiteboard with those temporarily affixed plastic sticky pieces, like in kids toys.
(You know? the kind where you can have Lucy try on five different hats?)
-Something with Post-its.



Karen Gunn <[log in to unmask]>
Visio:
http://www.visio.com/products/professional/stencils/softsten.html#office97
- It's quick
- "I'm not the only one who can read what's inside the boxes and circles."
- It's "easy to modify designs, because you can easily copy groups of items"

Kelly Babbit  <[log in to unmask]>
All Clear:
http://www.spss.com/software/allclear/
Clear Process:
http://www.spss.com/software/clear/
-it is "far superior to Visio."

Peter Merholz <[log in to unmask]>
FileMaker Pro:
http://www.filemaker.com/products/whatsnew.html
-It has "very simple draw functions for laying out a screen."
-"you can set rulers to increment by pixels"
-"you can make anything a button, and scripting the buttons is easy."
-"It's fun and easy."

David Koosis <[log in to unmask]>
Paper
-fast
-allows experiment with a group in a meeting-type setting
-surely there is a better way

Merryl Gross <[log in to unmask]>
HomeSite:
http://www.allaire.com/products/homesite/30/
-gives a lot of aid with tags
-is *not* a WYSIWYG editor
-can get the effects I want without extraneous formatting

PowerPoint:
http://www.microsoft.com/powerpoint/
-"starting to play with PowerPoint as a prototyping tool; between it's object drawing features and the ability to link things up like a    Hypercard stack, I think it's quite promising."

Paper
-"I usually start with some really crude hand drawn stuff, then show it 'round the office as an informal test."
-[some users] "find it extremely hard to give me any useful feedback until I can show them something fairly hi-fidelity."

Andrew Tetlaw <[log in to unmask]>
Photoshop:
http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/photoshop/main.html
-images can "show the behaviour of the navigational elements across different levels of navigation."
-can put them online for client review

Kathy E. Gill <[log in to unmask]>
Depends which stage you are at
-"card sort" to get a feel for how users "clump" information
-paper print outs and/or HTML pages for navigation architecture

Beth Marshburn <[log in to unmask]>
Dreamweaver:
http://www.macromedia.com/software/dreamweaver/
-easy enough for us HF types to use to define the design
-prototyping team [can] add functionality
-"We don't do paper much any more, since it's easier to create the pages running in the browser than it is to draw the stuff with PowerPoint..."


Tom Dayton <[log in to unmask]>
Paper
-you can modify on the fly, with the user right there


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