Screen Design with Balsamiq Mockups

I was just speaking with a coworker about the tool I used to mockup screens in a recent requirements document.  If you aren’t familiar with Balsamiq Mockups, you are missing out.  Maybe you are responsible for application UI design or you simply like to sketch out your screens before you develop them?  If so, take a minute out of your day and give Balsamiq Mockups a try

Balsamiq mockups sped up my document writing time. It also increased the overall document quality and understandability when it came to sharing ideas with my customer.  Of course, the fact that working with Balsamiq Mockups is just plain fun doesn’t hurt my opinion of the tool…

The biggest plus is the fact the mockup data – even the data which is generated using the online trial – is yours and it’s in an open, portable and human readable format.  In other words, it’s super easy to duplicate, edit and share mockups.

If you want to learn more about Balsamiq Mockups, check out the product page.  Otherwise, just give it a try.  I promise it will be fun (and maybe even productive.)

Comments

  1. I love Balsamiq mockups! Use it almost weekly!
    However, software UI tools don’t seem to solve the ‘first ideas’ or ‘napkin drawings’. For some reason, I can’t bring in software until the idea is a little more clear, since all UI software (incl. Balsamiq) only allow pre-set controls.

    To solve the early stages, I use:
    http://www.MockupMagnets.com
    Very fun magnetic UI widgets for prototyping on a whiteboard. You should try them!

  2. @Efraim – I understand your point. I suppose not everyone would benefit from Balsamiq Mockups prior to having a solidified idea in their heads, but I may be one of the lucky ones who can “play with” Balsamiq Mockups until design firms up. I took a look at the Mockup Magnets site. They seem quite similar to what Balsamiq does but through a different medium. If you aren’t already doing so, be sure to keep a camera handy when you are “magneting” your design so you can capture and share your ideas. 🙂 Thanks for the comment and the recommendation.

  3. @Efraim – It isn’t just the “Crazy Artschool Guys.” In fact, I’m quickly sketching out a few new screens on scratch paper right now. Don’t tell the Balsamiq guys! 🙂

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