Description

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.

Readership

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

Details

No. of pages:
240
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2009
Published:
Imprint:
Morgan Kaufmann
Print ISBN:
9780120885824
Electronic ISBN:
9780080916712

About the editors

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

Reviews

“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