Balsamiq Wireframes Quickstart Guide

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Balsamiq Wireframes Quickstart Guide

Scott Faranello

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Book Details

ISBN 139781849693523
Paperback142 pages

Book Description

Balsamiq Mockups is an easy to use, engaging tool for anyone looking to strategize and brainstorm ideas around product design and information architecture. With Balsamiq, you can strategize, create, prototype and present your ideas clearly and effectively to audiences large and small.

"Balsamiq Wireframes Quickstart Guide" is a fast paced and easy to follow instructional book that gets you up and running quickly while challenging you to be the best you can be using the tool. With this book in hand, it will take only minutes to present an idea on screen.

Wireframing is one of the key steps of effective user interface design and architecture. Finding the right tools to get your thoughts onto the page quickly and clearly is vital to your success. This book will have you on your way in no time. "Balsamiq Mockups Quickstart Guide" will walk you through the entire application in a fast, simple and engaging way. You will be presented with wireframe samples, exercises and real-world examples that will engage, challenge and enable you to become an expert wireframer and Balsamiq user. Whether you are looking to communicate ideas to your team, a client, a product manager, an IT developer, or if you are wireframing for the fun of it, this book is for you. By the time you are finished, you will have mastered the tools to do whatever your mind can think up. The rest is up to you.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting to Know Balsamiq
What is Balsamiq?
Installing Balsamiq
The application
Summary
Chapter 2: Building a Project
The project files
Organizing your Balsamiq files
The project
Alignment
Layering
Grouping layers
Putting it all together
Summary
Chapter 3: Working with Symbols
What are symbols?
Creating a symbol
Modifying a symbol
Revisiting the wireframe project
Creating a symbol library
Sharing symbols
Summary
Chapter 4: Building Data Tables
Data tables
Formatting data
Deciphering the data
Data table tips
Wireframe project revisited
Even more tips
Summary
Chapter 5: Icons, Images, and Text
Exploring icons
Importing icons
Images
Text usage and formatting
Additional tips
Summary
Chapter 6: Presenting Your Work
Prototyping
Linking pages
Additional interactivity
Notes and documentation (also known as markup)
Exporting for Presentation
XML in Balsamiq
Summary
Chapter 7: Parting Thoughts: Resources and Recommendations
More about Balsamiq
Third-party extensions
Further reading
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • The ins-and outs of the Balsamiq Mockups application
  • How to think about layout and design
  • How to approach wireframing from the user experience perspective
  • How to create simple, clickable prototypes
  • How to communicate your ideas clearly to large, diverse teams
  • How to present your work professionally
  • Where to find valuable resources to expand your knowledge
  • Professional templates to download and build upon, using real-world examples and exercises.

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting to Know Balsamiq
What is Balsamiq?
Installing Balsamiq
The application
Summary
Chapter 2: Building a Project
The project files
Organizing your Balsamiq files
The project
Alignment
Layering
Grouping layers
Putting it all together
Summary
Chapter 3: Working with Symbols
What are symbols?
Creating a symbol
Modifying a symbol
Revisiting the wireframe project
Creating a symbol library
Sharing symbols
Summary
Chapter 4: Building Data Tables
Data tables
Formatting data
Deciphering the data
Data table tips
Wireframe project revisited
Even more tips
Summary
Chapter 5: Icons, Images, and Text
Exploring icons
Importing icons
Images
Text usage and formatting
Additional tips
Summary
Chapter 6: Presenting Your Work
Prototyping
Linking pages
Additional interactivity
Notes and documentation (also known as markup)
Exporting for Presentation
XML in Balsamiq
Summary
Chapter 7: Parting Thoughts: Resources and Recommendations
More about Balsamiq
Third-party extensions
Further reading
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781849693523
Paperback142 pages
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