We all have great ideas. But from my experience, some have difficulty conveying those ideas to others. It could be a client, a developer, or even our boss. Some just can’t articulate these ideas sufficiently in words alone. Some may go the route of scribbling something on a whiteboard or even better; creating the infamous “napkin comp” which winds up just looking like a bunch of pen smudges with underlines and circles.
When you have a great idea for your website such as a new unique layout, an updated navigation structure, or a modified check-out form – what’s the best way to capture that idea and share it with others? One word – Balsamiq.
Balsamiq is a tool that allows for rapid-wireframing. With an extremely intuitive and user-friendly interface, you can take an idea and create an elegent wireframe in a matter of minutes. Like many online tools, there is a free trial – and after that the costs are so low per month (starting at $12/mo) it really makes it a no brainer.
I’ve been using Balsamiq for over a year now – and I can’t even begin to explain how powerful this tool is for mocking up wires and sharing ideas in near real time. Plus, if you are really clever; you can even create functional wireframes; where you can allow for interaction with your wires to further illustrate customer interaction.
Try it out – you won’t regret it!
Let me know what you think, and if you have found any other similar tools out there, let me know.