More icons. Lots of icons. Android icons. iOS icons. :) They come with perfect grids, flexible customization, line vs. glyph styles and support a wide range of formats such as: AI, Sketch and SVG, EPS, PNG and PSD. All that is available from within the amazing icon package from Icons Mind. It has 2,086 icons and 53 different categories. Good stuff. :) Enjoy.
Do you find you’re sometimes designing or building out pages and wish you could start off with a template that has a proven conversion track record? Here is something for you. GoodUI Fastforward is a set of our best performing UI page templates with a sharp focus on conversion.
Now keep in mind that we’re continuously striving towards making the templates better as we learn from running a/b tests on an ongoing basis. When it comes to conversion, we continuously tweak and improve and therefore the pages within contain a change history on the second page of the PDF.
Of course we also understand that one size does not fit all and so we also offer each page type in flexible and editable formats such as: Balsamiq, Illustrator and Axure.
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Credits: Jakub Linowski
What if you could create a complete set of amazing wireframes in just a few hours? What if you could make these wireframes behave like an actual app so that users can click through them? And what if you could not only click through them, but also simulate touch and swipe gestures, page transitions and test how a mobile app reacts when the user tilts or turns their phone or changes their location?
Berlin-based Pidoco has just released a set of new features which allow designers, analysts and UX folk to prototype a vast range of interactions in their wireframes in order to simulate realistic interactive behavior of future applications. Pidoco’s “Extended Interactions” work on both stationary PCs and mobile devices like tablets and smartphones and thus allow designers and developers to test drive applications in a realistic setting at an early stage.
Wireframes are built in the web browser, but can be simulated on iOS and Android devices using the Pidoco App. Users need no programming knowledge to use Extended Interactions, since you can define them easily via a convenient “Interaction Dialog”. All you need to do is select from a variety of options a trigger (e.g. swipe, pinch, click, hover, device flip) and the corresponding reaction (e.g. show a new page, display a pop-up, slide in a new screen, play a sound or even place a call).
A screen section called “My Interactions” allows users to manage interactions, which makes it easy to copy an interaction to other elements or find elements that share the same interaction.
In addition, Pidoco offers a number of other features which make it a great tool to work with, such as real-time collaboration à la Google Docs, a commenting and discussion feature, different types of templates including so-called “global layers” that work like layers in Photoshop, an automatic specification document generator, various export options, a wide selection of UI elements and icons that you can expand by uploading your own images, versioning, an issue tracker, an API against which you can write your own code, and much more.
In light of its latest release, Pidoco is offering a special deal to all Wireframes Magazine readers. You can now sign up for a free trial and get 50% off on all annual Pidoco plans purchased before August 15, 2014, using the promotion code wm2014.
pentotype is a new drawing software that lets you create clickable wireframes on your iPad or on your desktop with a graphics tablet. Since drawing sets virtually no limits, you can create any interface that you want, be it a website, a game, or a regular application with a custom UI. You can quickly share ideas with your team and see how the user will walk through your app.
When you start a new project in pentotype, you’ll get an empty, infinite canvas. After inserting a new screen, either by selecting it from the side bar or just by drawing a rectangle, you can go ahead and draw your design. The features are simple so as to keep it low-fidelity: 5 colors for the pen, 3 font sizes for text. All elements of your drawing can be moved, deleted, copied, or saved as a stencil, so pentotype makes it very easy to create wireframes and apply changes. Available wireframe types are phone, tablet, and website.
By inserting more screens to the document, you can create a whole screenflow. Along with drawing the UI of the screens, you also draw the interaction between them: Just draw a line between an element and another screen, and you have immediately created a link. The kind of transition is automatically recognized (e.g. a slide transition between neighboring screens) but can also be changed.
After you have drawn your wireframe, it can immediately be tested with functional links, transitions, and scrolling (in website wireframes) – just hit the “simulate” button. In order to send the simulation to your phone and view it there, just scan the QR-code. To get an idea of what this can look like, try out the example appointment app.
Collaboration and Feedback
By adding team members to your account, you can work on projects together. By sharing the link of a project with people (even without a pentotype account), they can immediately give you feedback by writing comments directly in the wireframe.
Credits: Johannes Dörr
Although I don’t use Axure for prototyping, and I might have some particular views on flat design, this new Axure Flat UI Kit does look pretty slick at first glance. The controls within the template definitely seem to behave a lot smoother since I last remember how Axure looked over a year ago. Nice work.
The UI Kit includes over 310+ interactive and beautifully crafted page elements, modules and complete templates. The UI Kit uses Axure’s powerful widget library. Create complex and interactive wire frames with a snap. Icons included.
Credits: Marc-Oliver Gern
Ok, it’s finally live. We’re proud to announce that the wait is now over and the first issue of Datastories is here! We made sure to have the opening issue also be reflective of the first conversion test we ever did. We hope you’ll like it and can learn from it. What’s inside? Each month we’ll release one issue which will discuss:
- Repeatable Insights
- High Quality Results Data
- Test Setup With Code
- GoodUI Idea References
- Key Learnings
Learn from our conversion optimization tests and use our insights on your projects to increase various metrics.
Credits: Jakub Linowski
What, it’s been two years already? That’s how long it took me to fill in my dotted Leuchtturm notebook (German engineering at its finest) front to back. Since I’m starting a new one, I thought to devise a bit of a color coding system for my upcoming notes and just share it here. The colors I typically use to underline the very first page title. Here are the colors:
Light Grey For Thoughts & Inspirations
Sometimes I’ll hear or read something of interest from a podcast, article, or book and it gets coded this way. My own free-form personal random thoughts across various disciplines get placed here as well.
Medium Grey For Project Ideas
For the more solid, practical and actionable thoughts or sketches. These are both new project ideas or adjustments to existing ones and are often accompanies by sketched out screens.
Black For Business Strategies
These are the most strict, closest and firm action points which are tied to my business initiatives. They are very high level for the most part and act as strategic todo’s of sorts.
Red For Contacts
If I meet someone or a company of interest, they will get placed here. This section might also be some residue from a conversation with someone over a cup of coffee.
Blue For UI Patterns
Here come the user interface patterns – both good and dark. Be it existing patterns seen somewhere or envisioned ones, they both land here.
Yellow For Content
I write and rely heavily for content marketing for much of my business. Specific content ideas for existing projects get placed here. Oh, and in the example listed you can actually see that I’ve started scribbling down some content points for the GoodUI Datastories promotions. :)
Was this helpful? How do you structure your notebooks or sketchbooks?
Credits: Jakub Linowski
Well, this surely is a bit away from traditional wireframing and sketching, but I just needed to share these inspirational business podcasts somehow. Fact is, I’ve been listening to these for quite some time now and they have been driving a big chunk of my thinking recently. They are all very entrepreneurial and startup oriented in nature while highly motivational as well. Personally, I found them as a nice way to complement the morning commute while stirring lots of business thinking. The list goes on starting from my favorite at the top:
Brennan Dunn is pretty solid with the content and advice. There are only 10 episodes or so, but they are packed with advice from pricing to qualifying leads and moving prospects along the sales pipeline. Wish there was more.
Jaime interviews millionaires each week who share tons of advice on their successes and failures. She speaks to a diverse range of business people and while listening to each person’s story, common patterns begin emerging. Great content!
Pat Flynn shares a ton of goodness each week on blogging, affiliates, content marketing, video, email marketing, and just starting businesses online. Easy going and light weight, but still inspirational.
John, “The Autoresponder Guy”, knows a thing or two about copy-writing as well as email marketing. He interviews many others with a lean on how to make the most out email for the purchase of building customer relationships.
Although at a bit of a standstill, Justin has been interviewing quite a few entrepreneurial minds and start ups. New episodes might appear here and there, but no promises.
John is on fire in this motivational and daily podcasts. The interviews are with all sorts of business owners who have decided to leave their day jobs and pursue their business passions. Sometimes a bit corny or sugary, but still a nice way to learn about what drives people to start their own things.
Just started listening to this, and it also looks like it has some good content on the business of software development and design.
Mike and Rob discuss software development with a twist on the business side.
Typically they start off with 5-10 minutes or so on some technical problem first though.
Did I miss anything?
One more thing. Typically I find that during or right after listening to an episode from this list, the ideas for courses of action start brewing very rapidly. It’s highly recommended to have an output such as a notebook or sketchbook ready nearby in order to jot down ideas or key insights.
Credits: Jakub Linowski
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