This post is part of the series on Balsamiq Mockups 3.
Balsamiq Wireframes is a rapid low-fidelity UI wireframing tool which reproduces the experience of sketching on a notepad or whiteboard, but using a computer. It aims to force you to focus on structure and content early in the design process, avoiding lengthy discussions about colors and details which should come later.
Balsamiq have a YouTube channel with a number of introductory videos and tutorials.
There are two editions of Balsamiq available; cloud and desktop. I am not really a fan of cloud based software because of the subscription model they’re sold under, so in this series I am going to be covering the desktop version.
Balsamiq is useful to both software teams and consultants; from the Balsamiq website:
- Software teams come together around the right design using Balsamiq: UX Designers love the familiar keyboard shortcuts. Product Managers have an accessible tool to share their ideas with. Developers love how fast, powerful and geeky it is.
- Consultants love it: bring it to client meetings and design their requirements in real time. Business owners use it themselves to pitch ideas and get quotes. Bye bye feature creep!