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Dynamic Website Prototyping - August 2

Web design teams create sketches, wireframes and other prototypes. Dell's Bo Lora demonstrates a prototyping system that documents and communicates design specs and database schema/mockups to an entire distributed team.

Website Prototyping

When designing a website, one of the most efficient and effective ways for strategists, sponsors, designers, developers and SMEs to collaborate on what should be built, what should be in scope, and optimizing and testing the user interface is to build a prototype. Prototypes run the gamut from sketches on whiteboards and cocktail napkins to functioning HTML + CSS prototypes.

Prototyping a complex interface is especially important, but there are challenges. Complex interfaces often need to display and record data, and simulating these interactions is either clumsy (using a few screens with sample data faked in) or expensive and time-consuming (prototypes that actually access real data sets).

In this session, veteran information architect Bo Lora will demonstrate a robust, Javascript-based prototyping system he has developed, used, redeveloped and improved for several years. It's slick. Come ready to discuss and learn more about:

  • How and when prototyping reduces budget and improves quality
  • Low-fidelity versus high-fidelity prototyping
  • Favorite prototyping tools
  • Communicating design specifications, especially with a distributed team
  • Integrating dynamic data into a prototype

This session will be especially helpful to folks who work on UX design projects with team members overseas or physically separated locations - but these systems and prototyping in general help all design teams, sponsors and stakeholders get and stay on the same page.

About Our Presenter, Bo Lora

UX producer and information architect Bo Lora analyzes and optimizes web experiences at Dell Computer. He has created user experiences for USAA, AT&T, and Travelocity. Bo specializes in large, complex, e-commerce website interfaces and is experienced working with remote development teams across several countries.

When?

Friday, August 2, 2013
Coworking (open house) 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Lunch workshop Noon - 1:30 pm

Where?

Firecat Studio 918 Nolan #104, San Antonio, TX 78202

You're welcome to come get some work done anytime between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm, just like working from a coffee shop but with cooler people and free coffee. Yes, you are welcome to invite others, but there's limited space, so please make sure your friends register!

Register for Modern Usability Tools & Techniques Coworking & Brownbag in San Antonio, TX  on Eventbrite

Next Month: Inbound Marketing Platforms - Full Circle Online Marketing

Firecat First Friday, September 6, 2013, noon - 1:30 (don't forget Firecat Studio is open for your coworking pleasure and mind expansion 10:30 am - 3:30 pm)

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Block out noon - 1:30 pm on each first Friday of the month - make lunch plans with Firecat coworkers and your own brain. And yes - please feel free to suggest upcoming brown bag topics and presenters. Thanks!