Leon Barnard from Balsamiq team explains simply what wireframes are and specifically talks about the “The Two Phases of Wireframing”. It is a short blog, does not take too much time and really convinced me into trying it. Sadly, Balsamiq does not offer a free tier, instead they offer a free trial for the Cloud or you can download the Desktop App. A single user license as of right now seems to be $89 US dollars.
I like personally the new feature Instagram has added recently to display ads between your feed on the mobile app. At first I disliked it, as I was surprised to see it, without any pre-warning. But then, I noticed all kind of apps and tech services or companies were promoted. From an adversary of ads being present inside the content, this transformed me into a “not so much in disbelief” watcher.
I want to create an app that would be like Instagram, same look and feel, or at least close to it, but main idea is you scroll up and see your feed running through like a train. Instead of viewing content from your friends, pictures, videos with some text underneath, you get same pleasure of entertaining your eye/mind by looking at an image, same concept image + subtitle underneath, same way of playing with your phone. What do you do with your friends pictures and videos, nothing! You see them once and continue. It fades away, even if it is a most pretty picture, it doesn`t matter after a few days. Its purpose becomes one of an archive.
Instead, if this feed is replaced by relevant products, this may serve you well. In what sense? You get to see a new mobile app, it appeals your eye, you think may help you do something easier or as a brand new way. Or, you see a new service posted, or an improvement of an old service, and you decide to try it out. You get to learn a new process, a new way of doing an old habit. So, clearly there are benefits. The tricky part will be, in building this app, how to filter intelligently enough the feed, so the user can satisfy their intellect and not just run away indifferent.
All for the purpose of everybody! – motto of today – 🙂
When it comes to listening to our users or clients we need to be as simple as possible. Practically that means we should note any detail they provides to us web designers. Then based on what they need, we need to show and even demonstrate them an easy solution that fulfills their goal. As cheap as possible because there are plenty of free open source tools out there. A design doesn’t have to be cumbersome.