Sunday, June 17, 2018



Wireframes

If a picture is worth 1000 words, then wireframes are worth pages and pages of specifications.

Wireframes are drawings that present screen designs in an easy to visualize way. Cognetics uses wireframes at Illustration of wireframeseveral points during the design process.

Wireframes are key communications tools for communicating the design to stakeholder. Traditionally, sites and applications are developed from dense textual specifications. Not surprisingly, developers rarely create the site as envisioned and it becomes necessary to go through an extensive (and expensive) refinement process.

But when wireframes are used, they make the specification process much simpler. Everyone can see what the screens are intended to look like, how navigation takes places and how information is presented.

Wireframes can also be used to create prototypes for usability testing. And after they have served their role in ensuring that the site is usable, they serve as specifications for developers.

Wireframes can be created at various levels of detail, from simple block diagrams to elegant visual representations of screens. At Cognetics, we start with simple wireframes and evolve them to complete screen specifications. We then use the wireframes as the basis of a style guide so that developers understand how to create new screens.

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 What Makes Web 2.0 and Social Computing So Difficult?

  There are Ten Barriers to Web 2.0:

  1. Fear of hostile or embarassing postings that can damage your image.
  2. Concern that staff may act inappropriately or disclose proprietary information.
  3. Cost and time required for content development and maintenence.
  4. Compliance, regulatory and legal issues.
  5. The Generation Gap: employees have different expectations and use technology differently.
  6. Requirement for deep competence in usability and user experience engineering.
  7. Cross-departmental, cross-functional, cross-hierarchical, unfiltered communications.
  8. Concerns about security.
  9. What you don't know about how the competition is using these tools to their advantage.
  10. Balancing control with transparency.

  Web 2.0 is defined by agility, transparency, empowerment, user-centricity and creativity... not words typically used to describe most organizations. Managers are not prepared to manage in this environment.

 

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Charles B. Kreitzberg, Ph.D.

is founder and CEO of Cognetics Corporation, a company that, since 1982, has created award-winning interactive designs that connect people and teams with computers.

Dr. Kreitzberg has designed the user interfaces for websites, software and rich internet applications for clients all over the world.

He developed a pre-web browser, is author of LUCID – the a widely used interaction design framework, and most recently In the Know!™ -- a software knowledge and communications tool for teams and their leaders.

Dr. Kreitzberg has lectured and consulted at corporations and universities worldwide. He has served as an expert witness in software interface patent disputes. He is Founding Editor of User Experience magazine; he has authored numerous articles and has served on the national boards of the Usability Professionals Association and the Society for Information Management. He holds advanced degrees in computer science and psychology. Dr. Kreitzberg serves as the Technology Director for Einstein’s Alley.

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