Posts Tagged ‘interactive design’

GUI Design Studio 4.0 Released With New Interaction and Templates

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

New Version 4.0GUI Design Studio version 4.0 is now available and includes some fantastic new features in two editions, both with a 30-day trial.

The new features are grouped around interactivity and element and design sharing. They enable you to build more realistic and interactive prototypes and to share or reuse individual elements or whole design templates with ease.

New editions

GUI Design Studio is now available in two different editions.

GUI Design Studio Express provides the prototyping functionality that was in v3, but focussed on individuals without the need to share projects and generate specification documentation.

GUI Design Studio Professional builds on v3, adding new interactivity and design sharing features, and is better suited to those working on larger projects, in teams, or on multiple designs.

All projects created in one edition will run in the other, or in the free viewer, except that the enhanced interactivity features in the Professional edition (see below) are not available in the Express edition. You can compare the two editions here.

Prototypes get more interactive (Pro edition only)

As your user interface design develops, everyone involved starts to focus on the details of interactivity. What process does the user need to go through to achieve certain tasks, how many button presses, how much navigation, is it clear and obvious, can they make simple mistakes?

All of these questions, and more, need to be considered in developing and refining a good UI and they cannot be addressed easily in a simple mock-up.

GUI Design Studio v4 introduces a range of new features (more…)

Nice Presentation About Documenting Interactive Websites

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Patrick Kennedy has released the slides from his presentation at the “Enhancing Online User Experience” conference in Melbourne Australia.

His Documenting Interactive Websites blog post contains the slides (also below) along with some great notes that he took after the session. Note that the link below is for the slideshare copy (without notes).

There are some nice sitemap, wireframe and storyboarding slides in the presentation to enjoy:

Patrick discusses the inadequacies of traditional documentation for the design of interactive Web 2.0 sites and makes the case for prototyping as an appropriate way to describe them. This is clearly a view that I share.

As tools like GUI Design Studio become more widely known and fully mature, I think that prototyping will become a common part of Website design as the ease and simplicity of using the tools will remove all barriers and the advantages become apparent.

Take a look at Patrick’s presentation and see what you think!

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