I have just completed Wireframing with Balsamiq on Udemy. It was a shorter course than the others I have done . Leon Barnard was clear, effective and focussed one hundred percent on the content. As someone who delivers online courses , his voice is soothing, he does not clutter the information with anything other than what he is delivering. From that point of view it was very interesting for me to do this course. Balsamiq is the industry standard and traditional software for Wireframing . It is very effective for building mock ups for applications and websites because they are a stripped down version of how the site or app will function. Its built in capacity to make changes across elements would be effective and the fact it is all in a tool or button makes the job easier. It was good he used a music site to demonstrate its effectiveness because most of us are familiar with how we set up our online music libraries and so he could connect the new knowledge to something we knew. I used to build sites with Dreamweaver and that was very good at the time. This is so much easier.
There is other Wireframing software you can use and creativeblog gives an overview of the paid and free ones. The two free ones I really like are the Firefox add-on Pencil which you can read about here on GitHub. It is very easy to install as an add-on. The other one I like is Framebox because it has a very clear interface and you can work very cleanly with it.
Mock ups are the way to go when you want to present things visually. It will give you an idea of how to set things out on your page or slide even if you don’t want to build at app or website. It centres on improving visual literacy.It will also give you an awareness of which sites and apps to use to deliver information because you will understand the notion of clarity of delivery of information. With larger presentation projects it is good to create a mock up of how you are going to organise that information on a screen. That was another thing Leon Barnard was very good at. His screen was never cluttered or confusing. You always knew what he was doing and what he wanted you to focus on.
That is my 3rd free Udemy course so now I am down to my last two. The next one I am doing is SEO on site optimisation. You can never know enough about optimising your online site. This one is by Google so it ought to be valuable.
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