Web and Mobile Prototyping – Top 5 Tools
Whether you are a seasoned UX designer or a beginner who has started prototyping only recently, take a look at the selection of the most useful tools for wireframing and prototyping. What is more, we asked a UX specialist from UsabilityTools about their favorites to give you a broader perspective on what tools are out there:
Balsamiq is a tool that embodies the idea of rapid prototyping – you can create prototypes easily and quickly iterate them with your team. Integration with Google Docs, Jira and Confluence, makes the collaboration even faster. The drag and drop editor makes the creative process fun and immediately understandable even for beginners.
Balsamiq is a tool that embodies the idea of rapid prototyping – you will create prototypes easily and quickly iterate them with your team. Integration with Google Docs, Jira and Confluence, makes the collaboration even faster. The drag and drop editor makes the creative process fun and immediately understandable even for beginners.
— Marcin Woroch, UX Designer
UXPin is a great tool for UX professionals as well as novices who want to prepare their first prototype. It’s easy to use, allows for real-time collaboration and the interface is visually appealing. But the thing that makes it stand out from the crowd is the ability to easily create responsive prototypes for different electronic devices.
Personally, I believe that the crucial success factor of every product is testing ideas and gathering feedback on early stages of the design process. Besides all of the great features that other prototyping tools are offering, with UXPin you can prepare an interactive prototype and show it to your potential users just by sending them a link! The simplest way ever to gather comments and exchange ideas.
— Agata Tenerowicz, UX Researcher
HotGloo is a web-based tool. Designers can collaborate and edit the file at the same time. There’s a chat window that allows for a better communication within the team and faster iteration, as clients can be added to review the prototypes on early stage of the development process. Heads-up – it’s flash-based.
HotGloo is really handy when I have to work remotely. It allows me to easily share the prototype with my team and to get feedback from the client.
— Minoru Beppu, UX Architect
Protoshare is an online wireframe software for Mac and PC. This tool provides the team with centralized repository for all communications making wireframing and prototyping process interactive in real-time. The extensive set of stencils and widgets library with feature to export prototypes puts this tool in the front row.
I am a real-time wireframer, thus I need a tool which is interactive. Ability to put in from simple Drag and Drop web-elements to complex HTML and CSS code acts as cherry on the top to the features of the tool. Final thought: Protoshare is a tool for every wireframer and prototyper, be it a beginner or a veteran.
— Sneh Raj Lakhotia, Front-end Specialist (Web)
5. Pen and Paper Prototyping
Easily underrated and somewhat outshined by the crowd of different prototyping tools, pen and paper prove to be a must-have approach for every UX designer. If you want to learn more about the benefits of paper prototyping, check out this article.
I believe in simple things. Pencil, paper, scissors is a simple set that gives you unlimited possibilities – especially on an early stage of design process. This method allows me to see early signs of potential problems. Thanks to that, the next prototype (that I create on my computer) is way better. Also, creating and testing paper prototypes is a lot of fun.
— Magdalena Nowak, UX Designer