Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Design Documents vs. HTML Prototyping

Garret Dimon wrote a fascinating article called Just Build It: HTML Prototyping and Agile Development over at Digital Web Magazine.

In the article, he makes the point that while design documents definitely have their place, prototyping in HTML or even AJAX-y stuff is worth considering under various conditions. It's filled with interesting stuff and reminds me to really find some time to get cranking on trying to advance in CSS and respectably wield JavaScript soon. And I had been hankering to learn more about design documents after reading a bunch of books touting their importance!

Sadly enough, I don't feel like there is a lot of good literature on how to make good HTML prototypes or design documents. Looks like it will come from interacting with other designers and getting the right experience.

Side note: I'm totally digging the writing style that Dimon's article uses where every small section has a heading. I am seeing it more and more on the web and in Seth Godin's "All Marketers Are Liars" it's notably prolific and handy. It sort of reminds me of scientific papers with many headings.


Kelly said...

Adobe Fireworks was made for HTML prototyping... looks pretty awesome.

Anonymous said...

Prototyping is great but annotated prototypes are even better. Tools like protonotes http://www.protonotes.com/ offer nice ways to easily layer a collaborative requirements discussion on top of a prototype.

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