Episode #136 Nathan Curtis - From PDFs to HTML Prototypes
Prototypes help, be they paper, wireframes or PDFs, to exhibit a design idea. They allow you to communicate your idea visually and test aspects of the design. As effective as they are, they have their limitations. Nathan Curtis of EightShapes uses HTML prototypes in his team’s design process. Using HTML, they test functionality and interactions in ways that are impossible while using static PDFs.
Prototypes help, be they paper, wireframes or PDFs, to exhibit a design idea. They allow you to communicate your idea visually and test aspects of the design. As effective as they are, they have their limitations.
Nathan Curtis of EightShapes uses HTML prototypes in his team’s design process. Using HTML, they test functionality and interactions in ways that are impossible while using static PDFs. During his virtual seminar, From PDFs to HTML Prototypes, Nathan discusses how his team uses dynamic documentation and design thinking. This has improved communication among the team and enhanced their process. Nathan wasn’t able to answer all the questions during the seminar. He joins Adam Churchill to address those remaining for this podcast.
Here’s an excerpt from the podcast.
Listen to the podcast to hear Nathan answer these additional questions:
- Are your prototypes HTML, Flash or image maps?
- How can prototypes be successful with distributed teams?
- Do you start your designs with sketches?
- Have you ever tried to merge HTML and wireframes?
- If a designer can produce production-level code, are they more of a developer at that point?
- Do you produce production-level code in your prototypes?