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We're Doing It Wrong: Prototyping the Future of the Web

Steve Hickey
October 08, 2013

We're Doing It Wrong: Prototyping the Future of the Web

Steve Hickey

October 08, 2013

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  1. We’re Doing It Wrong Prototyping the Future of the Web

    Steve Hickey — @stevehickeydsgn UX Designer & Developer at Fresh Tilled Soil
  2. Requirements Research Ideate Design Code Launch A brief “reminder” of

  3. Plan Design Develop Test Build Measure Learn What about agile

    or lean?
  4. ¡Mentirosos! (Liars!)

  5. The traditional point of first contact... Requirements Research Ideate Design

    Code Launch
  6. “D t!” **** ... and its result.

  7. But it’s ok. We can fix that. Research/Understand Ideate Design

    Code Test and repeat... & Design & Code & Ideate & Code & Ideate & Design
  8. Step 1 → Step 2 → Step 3 → Step

    4 = Very Pretty BULLSHIT
  9. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels

    like. Design is how it works.” Today’s obligatory Steve Jobs quote.
  10. “Form ever follows function.” A grating reminder of something we

    all claim to know, from architect Louis Sullivan.
  11. Understanding the problem.

  12. Ideation through sketching.

  13. None
  14. “Great is the enemy of good.” Paraphrased from Voltaire, an

    enlightened dude.
  15. Wireframes. Or are they...

  16. Wireframes. Or are they...

  17. Testable. ASAP.

  18. Sketches are prototypes in waiting.

  19. prototyping on paper

  20. The usual suspects: Balsamiq Axure InDesign Keynote PowerPoint

  21. Try a storyboarding app. Briefs Flinto Proto.io


  23. Developers need love too.

  24. Fake it. localStorage.setItem(‘username’, ‘Gary’); var username = localStorage.getItem(‘username’); $(‘div.userinfo’).prepend(‘<h2>’ +

    username + ‘</h2>’); ======================================================= <h2>Gary</h2>
  25. Make your client fall in love.

  26. Time to test.

  27. “OK, but what about design?”

  28. Mockups = Useless

  29. Try zooming your comps out.

  30. Style tiles use time efficiently.

  31. Design in the browser.

  32. Use the right tool for the job.

  33. Let’s see some examples:

  34. Google Glass

  35. “We were working with the HUD literally on my first

    day at work. And learning a tremendous number of things that you couldn’t possibly just guess or estimate, or print out on a spreadsheet, or a project map, and that sort of thing.” Tom Chi, Google
  36. None
  37. “Your ears can take a lot more weight than your

    nose… So if you can create a system where the ear becomes a fulcrum, then the perceptual weight disappears. This took me about two hours to figure out.” Tom Chi, Google
  38. Incantor

  39. Our first prototype.

  40. Look, I’m no Olivander. Ok?

  41. Here’s how we overcame my lack of magic.

  42. We made the nav work without looking.

  43. Let’s wrap up.

  44. 1) Sketch a lot, it’s quick and efficient. 2) Stop

    wireframing, start prototyping. 3) Test early and often. 4) Avoid comps for every screen and state. 5) Eliminate redundant parts of your workflow. 6) Process is not a straight line.
  45. Thanks!