(Image from Jack Dorsey’s Flickr)
I have to admit that using Visio is superawesome when it comes to sketching out wireframes and interactions (especially with Nick Finck’s stencils), but you should never discount the importance of paper prototypes.
There’s a great post about it on Deep Linking called The Paper Version of the Web. Read it!
I wish I could sketch out wireframes and prototypes that are as good as the ones my creative director Paul Tinsley does.
But then, I suck at drawing, so I guess I’ll stick to computers. Meh.
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It’s ironic that I should be posting something like this because, well duh, I do work in advertising.
But if you’re a client of an ad agency and you want to give them the boot, try out this cool new app called Dear Agency.
It creates a letter that you can send to your agency to fire them, minus the “stressful phone calls and awkward goodbye hugs.”
While we’re on the subject of Google Maps, check out this map for usability testing labs and testing centers around the world from the Knowledge Communities Research Group at Florida State University.
Pretty cool, huh?
And if you think they’ve missed out a usability lab, you can even suggest a lab for their database.
reminded me of how usability should extend into everything that we do at work.
It’s amazing how easy it is to take usability for granted when you’re building a map; why don’t more people use less of those ubiquitous red markers and instead more things like InfoWindows to display information?
Learn how to make your Google Maps more usable! Watch the full-screen slideshow here.
(A FreeMind map on learning German)
FreeMind is a free mind-mapping software that runs on Java.
I discovered it at work (thanks, Vic!) and it’s probably one of the best brainstorming apps that I’ve ever come across.
It’s super easy to use!
Categories in this app are called ‘nodes’ and you can create Child and Sibling nodes in the same way you would create ‘Parent’ and ‘Child’ taxonomies in, for example, a Site map.
The graphical interface is fun to use and you can customize a map by adding colors, icons and hypertext links.
I’m gonna have to figure out a way to ask for a new MacBook Pro since I can start using FreeMind at client meetings instead of using a pen and paper to draw mind maps.
Download Freemind for XP, OS X and for Windows Mobile!