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Free Keynote & PowerPoint Mockup Templates

Sunday, November 24th, 2013


Keynotopia Mockup Templates is a little Freebie from Amir – one tweet required. Hand drawn sketches of UI components for Keynote & PPT. Thanks Amir for sharing!

Keynotopia Mockup Templates enable you to sketch user interfaces using Apple Keynote or Microsoft PowerPoint, without having to draw each component by hand!

All components are hand-drawn vector shapes created from scratch in Keynote and PowerPoint, and can be edited and customized directly, without needing additional design tools.

When your mockups look like simple hand-drawn screens, it’s easier to get feedback on layout and structure, without getting distracted by the detail.

And creating Keynote and PowerPoint sketches is better than drawing them by hand, because you can iterate and modify them quickly without having to redraw them from scratch.

Other cool products from the same author include: GUI Toolkits, Keynotopia & Axutopia. Enjoy :)

Visual Website Optimizer: 25% Off The First Month

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

VWO
Visual Website Optimizer is an awesome A/B testing tool and I still have a few coupon codes remaining for a 25% discount on the first month of a subscription. They are valid for just one more week until Nov 15th. I received them for a GoodUI promotion and didn’t want them to go to waste. To make use of a code, do enter it upon purchase after you sign up (if someone else didn’t grab it already). So if you’re interested in split testing, here they are:

GOODUI-K8R50
GOODUI-MANXK
GOODUI-UPT1E
GOODUI-Y96TJ
GOODUI-40N3U
GOODUI-03Y8G
GOODUI-5EVOF
GOODUI-XJ1VG
GOODUI-KC8GU
GOODUI-W00SQ

Happy Testing. :)

As a side note, here is a little story how I’ve used VWO to increase the conversion rate on Wireframes Magazine from 1.4% to 4.7%.
Cheers,
Jakub

Introducing Proto.io 5

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Proto.io
Less than two years ago Proto.io introduced to the public the first release of its popular mobile app protyping platform. Today, Proto.io introduces the 5th and most powerful release Proto.io 5.

The new release promises to help designers and developers to unleash their creative freedom and create unique user experiences even faster than before. Among various enhancements, Proto.io 5 takes prototyping a step further by adding animation states, timelines, draggable functionality and variables. Check out the new features and demos.

Proto.io continues its full HTML5 and cross ­device, cross ­browser support that allows prototyping for virtually any device including smartphones, tables, Smart TVs, game consoles and more. Prototypes can run in any web and mobile browser (on the actual device) making the testing experience as realistic as possible.

Proto.io 5 Highlights

As listed on their website the most important new features in version 5 include:

Animation States + Timelines

Proto.io 5 introduces Animation States and Timelines, a fast and intuitive way to build HTML5 interactive animations. Easily create different states of the same screen and intuitively define the tween transitions, animations and interactions between each state using the powerful new timelines to create animations in a better, faster and easier way.

Drag & Rotate

Making any item on the screen draggable or rotatable is now just a checkbox away. You can now enable drag functionality for any UI element on the canvas, set various properties to define how drag behaves, and interact with various drag callback events to do sophisticated interactions.

Variables and Item property interactions

Start capturing user input, record user events and calculate data from interaction callbacks. Variables can be used to set and get values to and from UI elements, do math calculations, and modify text and other properties on the fly. You can easily combine variables with any touch events and interactions to create interactive content that changes based on user input.

New touch events

More mobile events like touch, release and pinch have been added to the long list of touch and mouse events to enhance user interaction. All events are compatible with mobile and web, thus
allowing the development of multi platform experience with no hustle.

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AppSeed – KickStartIt!

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

AppSeed
AppSeed is a KickStarter project that intends to blur the lines between sketching and prototyping. Actually, that’s real world sketching and digital prototyping we’re talking about here. Imagine pencils merging with pixels. Anyhow, it’s a few more weeks till it can get funded and probably still needs a nudge to make it happen. Hence sharing it here for those interested in backing this interesting project. It’s from Toronto as well and I like sketching, so here it is. :)

Credits: Greg Goralski

Indigo Studio v2.0

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Indigo Studio
Less than a year has passed since the Infragistics team released their first version of their awesome prototyping application. Here is Indigo Studio v2.0. Amongst a bunch of improvements, the new version promises to help designers bring in the customer into the process even sooner by allowing you to iterate quicker. George Abraham, the product manager behind this app, did a pretty good introductory video outlining the clear vision of this tool – one of which is to “help you tell and experience stories”. I personally think with and design using stories and this mental model definitely resonates with how I work.

The other big thing behind the new release is support for Mobile and specifically iOS Phones. There is another screencast video which really shows how you can work with mobile viewports, canvas size, as well as easily adding in interactivity using their precanned iOS controls. A pretty slick way of defining what is viewable, scrollable and how you can pan. :) The new version also comes with touch gestures to drive your prototypes. You can see one demo prototype for mobile that was built using this app.

So What Else Is New Since 1.0

As listed on their website, some of the changes since the first release include:

Sharing to your own servers – this enables two important scenarios for Indigo users–privately sharing prototypes behind firewalls, controlling when and if your prototype is removed, and being able to “update in place” so that you don’t get new URLs for each update.

Improved Exporting – along with more sharing options, we added more control (and a better UX) around exporting, including exporting selective parts of a project for others to work on, as well as a new “Quick Snapshot” global feature to quickly grab an image of what you are working on.

More Options for Preview/Run – you can now choose to run from your prototype home, the current screen’s Start state, current state, and “try interaction” to start at prior state in order to quickly try the interaction you are designing.

New PasswordBox – adding a password input box is as easy as a drag and drop now.

Distribute/Space Out Elements – you can now easily evenly distribute/space out selected elements.

Storyboard Enhancements – we made it much easier for you to quickly bang out stories by dropping in images, and then you can simply double click to start new screens based on them, which is great for making literal sketches interactive.

Lots of other little tweaks, enhancements, and bug fixes, but by far, the biggest enhancement we made to V1 was the new HTML5 viewer, so you can now share and run your prototypes on any modern device. That’s a big deal, and it was especially important because it paved the way for us to add even more mobile design deliciousness to Indigo.

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Download and give it a try to see if it works for you.

Sketchnote Typeface

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Sketchnote Typeface
Just learned that there is a cool new sketching font out there. It’s called Sketchnote designed by Mike Rhode. He has used it extensively in his sketchnoting book as well. Looks pretty solid to me and could be beneficial alongside any electronic sketches. Enjoy. Cheers.
Credits: Mike Rohde

Sketchplanations

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Sketchplanations
So it turns that Jono, a UX designer at Nutmeg, has picked up some Moleskin Storyboarding Sketchbooks and set himself a goal of explaining something in sketch form each day. Hence Sketchplanations was born. Oh and beware, as these are all first time sketches, 100% authentic, with no corrections whatsoever. A great little inspirational project. Thanks Jon!

Credits: Jono Hey (@jonohey)

InVisionApp: Now With Sketch Commenting

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

InVisionApp Sketching
What do you get when you merge a pretty cool web based prototyping tool with some sketching capability? You got it – InVisionApp. These guys from NY have just launched a Sketch Commenting feature in their latest build. This now allows designers to express themselves more easily as words and pictures are more powerful together. They’re already awesome so no need to write anything else … “design on my friends” as they say. :)

Sign up for an account and give this tool a try (1 project always free).

Fries

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Fries
Fries (github) is a prototyping tool for Android devices. I think it allows you to spit out Android styled UIs just using HTML, JavaScript and CSS. Yes, it apparently plays nice with PhoneGap …

Description pulled from Github:

Fries is an awesome mobile development framework (yes, not just for prototyping!) for Android apps using just HTML, CSS, and Javascript and was inspired by Ratchet. We all know that you can find loads of iOS development tools out there, so this time let’s give some love to Android.

Credits: Jaune Sarmiento

InVision 2.0 – Present. Engage. Collaborate. Iterate.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013


InVision 2.0 is now out. Clark and his team have been hard at work redesigning and redeveloping the next iteration of this awesome web based prototyping tool. At the time of writing, this smooth thing has 77k active projects going on strong and some good reasons for picking up on its popularity recently.

Very Strong Team Focus

With 4.4 million comments left since its beginning, InVision takes design collaboration pretty seriously. This is definitely seen in version 2.0 and the team really understands that no one designs in a vacuum. Take the new project pulse view for example. This project dashboard so to say, gives collaborators a way to understand who has commented, what new screens were changed, what screens were added, and who viewed what recently. This awesome project glimpse can be contextualized in a flexible time scale of today, the recent 7 days, 30 days, 90 days or since the beginning. For those who prefer to understand when a project has been the most active, the same data can be viewed as a time graph under the project stats tab. The visibility of team behavior here, definitely helps to build a collaborative feel.

Each project also very clearly shows its team members in the top right. The faces of the people you are working with on a given project are now visible which humanizes the sometimes distant remote design process. Each person also has a dedicated profile view with their project and a corresponding activity stream. Score!

Care about comments? The new comments tab lists a chronological discussion view of all the things that have been discussed, with the comments contextualized nearby little visual snippets – context is king and a picture is worth a thousand words. What’s more is that these comments are also keyword searchable and actionable. The comment-email integration is thought through giving users the ability to reply to them (and interact with the team) directly from within their email clients.

Smooth Performance

Although I haven’t noticed a difference, the InVision team claims that everything on the front end has been rewritten with the intention of speeding things up. I always thought it was pretty quick anyways and never had any delays with it. 2.0 is smooth as smooth can be.

Other 2.0 Goodies

The change-log of the latest version also indicates that a few extra hot things have made it through as well. These new features include: bulk actions, device staging, anonymous sharing, user testing mode, dev notes for hand off, and real time pushing. Overall a solid release in my view!

Have some work that needs to be shared with a team, or need to build an awesome web prototype mockup? Then give InVision 2.0 a shot. Yup, the first project is always free!

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