Effective Prototyping with Excel

Effective Prototyping with Excel

A Practical Handbook for Developers and Designers

1st Edition - January 7, 2009

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  • Authors: Nevin Berger, Michael Arent, Jonathan Arnowitz, Fred Sampson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080916712
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780120885824

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Although recognized as a key to the design process, prototyping often falls victim to budget cuts, deadlines, or lack of access to sophisticated tools. This can lead to sloppy and ineffective prototypes or the abandonment of them altogether. Rather than lose this important step, people are turning to Microsoft Excel® to create effective, simple, and inexpensive prototypes. Conveniently, the software is available to nearly everyone, and most are proficient in its basic functionality. Effective Prototyping with Excel offers how-to guidance on how everyone can use basic Excel skills to create prototypes – ranging from narrative wire frames to hi-fidelity prototypes. A wide array of software design problems and business demands are solved via practical step-by-step examples and illustrations.

Key Features

  • Step-by-step guide to prototyping with a simple and affordable tool nearly everyone already has on their desktop
  • Quickly and easily allows web and software designers to explore usability, design alternatives, and test theories prior to starting production
  • Perfect companion to Effective Prototyping for Software Makers – with the same author team and full-color treatment, useful case studies, and hands-on exercises


Usability professionals and interaction designers; software developers, web application designers, web designers, information architects, information and industrial designers

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 – Preface – A Developer’s Dilemma
    Chapter 2 – Getting Started – Your First Excel Prototype
    Chapter 3 – Basics – The Excel Prototyping Canvas
    Chapter 4 – Creating an Excel Prototyping Template
    Chapter 5 – Excel Prototyping - Storyboards
    Chapter 6 – Wireframes
    Chapter 7 – Digital Interactive Prototypes
    Chapter 8 – Iterating Prototypes with Excel
    Chapter 9 – Communicating Your Design in Excel
    Chapter 10 – Sharing Your Excel Prototype
    Appendix A – Useful Techniques with Excel
    Appendix B - Nevin Discovers Excel as a Rapid Prototyping Tool

Product details

  • No. of pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2009
  • Published: January 7, 2009
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080916712
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780120885824

About the Authors

Nevin Berger

Nevin Berger is design director at Ziff Davis Media. Previously he was a senior interaction designer at Oracle Corporation and Peoplesoft, Inc., and has held creative director positions at World Savings and OFOTO, Inc.

Affiliations and Expertise

Ziff Davis Media, San Francisco, CA, USA

Michael Arent

Michael Arent is the director of user interface standards at SAP, and has previously held positions at Peoplesoft, Inc, Adobe Systems, Inc, MetaDesign,Sun Microsystems, and Apple Computer, Inc. He holds a number of U.S. and international patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

SAP Labs, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Jonathan Arnowitz

Jonathan Arnowitz is a User Experience Architect at Google Inc. and is the co-editor-in-chief of Interactions Magazine. Most recently Jonathan was a User Experience Architect at SAP Labs and was a Senior User Experience Designer at Peoplesoft. He is a member of the SIGCHI extended executive committee, and was a founder of DUX, the first ever joint conference of ACM SIGCHI, ACM SIGGRAPH, AIGA Experience Design Group, and STC.

Affiliations and Expertise

Google, Inc., Mountain View, CA, USA

Fred Sampson

Affiliations and Expertise

IBM Silicon Valley Lab

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