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Boucher88
(@boucher88)
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I am currently in the midst of designing and programming a triage tool for my final year of university. I am doing this through my dissertation module which requires a large software element of a forensic nature.

I am at the stage of producing hand drawn designs for my client. However it has been years since I have produced any designs and I am not really sure where to start.

Any tips or hints would be useful. Is it better to produce designs by hand these days or is a computer based software design package better? It is only a basic interface but I still want to produce a professional design to show my client. If a design package is better is they a free one anyone can recommend?

Thank you in advance

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Posted : 23/11/2010 12:38 am
gblack
(@gblack)
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I know HotGloo offers a free plan for 1 project. https://www.hotgloo.com/free_account

There are tons more out there for wireframing if you Google for them. Seems like there's another really popular web-based solution, but I can't think of it right off.

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Posted : 23/11/2010 12:53 am
jelle
(@jelle)
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I've recently worked with mockingbird which is quite nice for wireframing.

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Posted : 23/11/2010 1:43 am
athulin
(@athulin)
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Any tips or hints would be useful. Is it better to produce designs by hand these days or is a computer based software design package better?

And what exactly are you designing? A user interface? A S2S interface? (I'm assuming some kind of GUI.)

That depends on where in the development process you are, and not improbably also what kind of developemnt process you are using. Hand-drawn sketches are good if you want to get feedback and suggestions for improvements they don't look 'finished'. Later, working mock-ups (i.e. just GUI, with only scaffolding behind) are usually better, as they provide for actual interaction tests, and can be used to verify workflow (or to adjust it).

But you're (probably) asking about interactive software development, and there may be better places to go for that kind of questions.

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Posted : 23/11/2010 12:17 pm
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