Wire Frames Or Moving Furniture?

Oh that’s perfect; it’s just what I wanted. Ah, wait a minute I just had an idea, what if we. No, it’s OK. Well I don’t know, what do you think?

Are wire frames like moving furniture? I think they are just like moving furniture.

Or how about this one, “Well, I’m not sure exactly what I want, but I’ll know it when I see it.”

That’s fine with me. I’ve done wire frames since 1995, in everything from Visio, Photoshop (don’t tell anyone), Illustrator, Quark, InDesign, OmniGraffle and Axure RP Pro. Oh, and then there’s paper, matchbooks and cocktail napkins. I think once we even did it in the sand at the beach. Wow, that could have a double meaning.

When it was time to go functional I’d jump into Dreamweaver and bang out something fast. So those are the confessions of a 15 year wire frame geek.

Things are calmer now, for most stuff its Axure these days. What I like about Axure is I can push the generate button, dump the files it makes on a server and we are off and running as long as we have an internet connection.

I understand the concept of “I’ll know it when I see it” and that works great with usability testing and users if we’re talking about navigation. It has worked with project managers when we needed to figure out task flow/analysis. And how about scenarios and my famous line, “Can you tell me how you would sign up for a newsletter?” And off they go happily clicking away and we haven’t spent hardly any time in development.

I think husbands and wives should move furniture with wire frames, there just might be less, er, how do I say this…discussions?


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