Not every designer loves prototyping but it is a huge part of the creative process. Learning how to prototype on paper can be a great start, but it’s not always the easiest method. Software and webapps have been created to make the process easier for wireframing interfaces and drafting prototypes or storyboards digitally.
Take a look at these tools and see if anything catches your attention. Getting started with prototyping is much easier than you would think! Just like any skill it requires patience and lots of practice. Some of these products are free while others offer a free demo/trial account. But even if you don’t like prototyping on a computer you can always go back to drafting on paper.
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Let’s consider an equation, where A is success and B is your freelance enterprise or small business. Then: A – B represents everything that’s currently going wrong with your company.
For designers who just started a small agency, most of the issues turn out to be of an administrative nature. Creative people just aren’t very skilled at tackling the managerial challenges that arise when they’re launching their first business.
Here’s how you keep a healthy company: you recruit web apps that help you manage time + finances + projects, and which boost your e-mail marketing campaigns, form building, and file sharing.
Invoicing and Financial Apps
Everybody wants to get to the very top, but not all entrepreneurs are willing to find out exactly what that entails, and then put in the effort to get closer to their goal, inch by inch. In a sense, that explains why some small companies register big financial losses instead of making profit. That being said, there are several cloud-based apps that can sort out your accounting issues.
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Marvel is a free, web-based tool for creating prototypes for any device: desktop, tablet, mobile and more.
The app works by synchronizing with your Dropbox account which simplifies updates (as local file updates are instantly reflected to the Marvel-powered prototypes).
It accepts both images + PSDs and prototypes can be shared with unique URLs, SMS or QR codes.
Indigo Studio is a free tool for quickly creating prototypes of web, mobile or desktop apps.
The application works on both Windows + Mac OS X and not only capable of generating static outputs but also supports interactions (links, animations, etc.).
Usually, prototypes can look plain and customers can have difficulty in imagining how things would look in real life. Indigo Studio solves this by providing lots of storyboard scenes with people, places and various devices to create a more realistic look.
It is also possible to import hand-drawn sketches into the application and adding interactivity to them.
Indigo Studio is a pro quality yet free application and only requires a free membership to the site.
Requirements: Windows or Mac OS X
Framer is an open source framework for easily building and testing complex interactions + rich animations for desktop and mobile layouts.
And, for the interactions, there are events to the rescue (like click, dblclick, mouseover, mouseout, keydown or touch events).