Ah, mobile prototyping – a task so important, yet so frustrating. Perhaps the biggest challenge is delivering the details of design, user journey and more, efficiently in the mock-up presentation. And that is no mean feat. Especially today, when prototyping has become a fast and effective way of crafting and testing user experiences. It no longer remains a small part of the production-ready code. It has evolved into an integral part of pitching your app to a team, a client or a stakeholder.
You can no longer have a designer create mockups and submit it to an account manager, who then crams the mockups on a PowerPoint presentation for clients. That won't work. You do have the option of getting your developer to code the mockup created by the designer, giving clients a more interactive experience. But that is neither wise nor feasible. Including developers on every app pitch will be costly, time consuming and simply impractical. The solution? Designers creating interactive prototypes on their own.
Luckily, there are a lot of great tools to help designers do the same. We'll be covering the most popular of these tools in a series of posts on mobile prototyping. Let's start with two of the most popular apps – Photoshop CC and Marvel App.
Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC) 2015 – Simple & Efficient Design for Everyone
Photoshop CC is the most popular imaging application for professionals. Not without good reason. It contains an array of features and capabilities that help professionals create efficient designs for mobile and web. With the release of the 2015 update to Photoshop CC, Abode has raised the bar even higher.
The addition of features such as Adobe Stock, Device Preview, improved Artboards, and the capability to edit linked assets in the Creative Cloud Libraries has made Photoshop CC more efficient than ever before. Adobe Stock is Adobe's collection of more than 40 million designs, images and illustrations, from where you can purchase single images on-the-go, or an entire monthly plan all at once, and
But Artboards, which lets you streamline the entire website or app design process is the hero feature of Photoshop CC. Ideal for responsive and multi-screen design, it's an infinite canvas on which you can create and lay out multiple designs in different sizes for different devices and screens.
The beauty of Artboards is that it lets you lay all designs within a single document, allowing you to view them all at once. You can copy and share your designs and content between different Artboards. You can also export Artboards individually or several at a time.
Marvel – Simple & Fast Prototyping for Everyone
Marvel App undoubtedly is, the simplest way for designers to turn their images, sketches and mockups into realistic web and mobile prototypes. It provides a set of quick, easy and effective tools using which you can create prototypes with PSDs and images from your computer, Dropbox, or Google Drive. You can prototype your ideas and test them with colleagues and clients easily, without spending too much time or resources on it. The tool is available for free.
Get started within seconds – Register with Marvel for free and get taken to the app dashboard instantly. Unlike other free prototyping tools out there, Marvel does not make you download its apps or files to get started.
- Simple, easy-to-use interface – Marvel is easy to learn and easy to use. The interface is simple. No fancy stuff, just feature-rich design. There's a 'Watch a Demo Video' option for you to learn the basics quickly. You won't even need it actually because the command prompts are simple and self-explanatory enough. You can upload images by the mere click of a button. Everything is simple and easy.
- Great tools and features – Marvel app gives you everything you need to create and test winning prototypes. You can edit images before adding, after adding or “on the go” while creating interactions. You can choose between 17 different prototype frames and then tweak the frames even further to match your needs. You can preview your prototype, share it with partners, clients and stakeholders. You and whom you share the prototypes with can comment or add annotations directly on each screen, for easy communication. All tools are present on the top-right navigation bar for easy access. You also have the option of prototyping from paper. The premium Marvel account adds several other functionality as well.
Marvel syncs everything with your Marvel web account for easy access. The talk about why Marvel makes a great prototyping tool can go on and on!
What you will learn in this post
In this post, we'll cover how to create responsive web or app design with Photoshop Artboards and how to use them in the Marvel App for realistic mobile and web prototyping.