Effective Prototyping with Excel

1st Edition

A Practical Handbook for Developers and Designers

Print ISBN: 9780120885824
eBook ISBN: 9780080916712
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 7th January 2009
Page Count: 240
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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


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"Collaboration across marketing, design, engineering, and QA organizations is key to the successful creation of a new software product. The Excel prototyping method is the only approach I am familiar with that allows all these stakeholders the same platform for communication without having to learn lots of new tools." --Daniel Rosenberg, Senior Vice President, SAP User Experience

"It is always a challenge to find good tools for interactive rapid prototyping. The authors have created an excellent methodology that allows both novice and advanced user experience professionals to use their knowledge of common desktop tools to quickly illustrate and test their ideas for interactive products." --Jeremy Ashley, Vice President, Applications User Experience, Oracle