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Author Topic: Denim - An Informal Tool For Early Stage Web Site and UI Design  (Read 2559 times)

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Denim - An Informal Tool For Early Stage Web Site and UI Design
« on: October 11, 2006, 06:26:53 AM »
i'm in the process of working out a new website - not something i'm in the habit of doing, so it didn't take long before i become overwhelmed by what i'm trying to do.

so, i thought, there must be a good way of web prototyping.

i came across 'Denim'. it tries to mimic what you'd do with paper - but has the advantage of being able to create links between the pages.

i've not tried it yet but i will give it a go. only real dissadvantage i see is that i'll be sat at the computer whilst using it - i'd rather be sat elsewhere whilst trying to be inventive/creative.

here's the link to the Denim homepage if you want to look further: http://dub.washingto....edu/projects/denim/

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Re: Denim - An Informal Tool For Early Stage Web Site and UI Design
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2006, 06:38:08 AM »
somefun ideas regarding drawing links and zooming, and some bad ideas (some weird gestures and general clunkiness).
(video is from 2000, i wonder if they have advanced it any?).
personally i wouldn't like to use such a pen/sketch-centric tool, but it would be nice to have a similarly-quick way to outline a larger website and connect links.

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Re: Denim - An Informal Tool For Early Stage Web Site and UI Design
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2006, 06:54:42 AM »
well, to be honest, i think i'll end up using pencil and paper.

no matter how many times i try to use a graphics pen and tablet i just revert back to good old pen and paper - and i'm sure this applies to 'designing' a lot of things with a pc compared with more basic tools.

there's an immediate barrier there with the pc. it's just not right. i hate it.

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Re: Denim - An Informal Tool For Early Stage Web Site and UI Design
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2006, 04:05:39 PM »
we're all looking forward to your web pages nudone!

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Re: Denim - An Informal Tool For Early Stage Web Site and UI Design
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2006, 04:33:49 PM »
Very interesting project. It actually strikes me as potentially more useful for novices or non-designers who want input into the process though. A designer can usually visualize things and understand their hand-drawn diagrams much more easily. If the program can be made easy to use I could see it being used by for example my marketing department, who are currently working on their vision of how our website should be organized. This could be a great help to them. I'll keep an eye on it.

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