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Back Pocket Apps: Let’s Reconsider the Wireframe

Charles feels like he has mobile apps for everything in his life. He’s tired of having to launch apps to do mundane things. He’d like to talk to people face-to-face instead of looking at his smartphone’s screen. He’d like to take advantage of the latest technology without needing to hunch over his mobile device. He wonders: can this powerful computer in my pocket make my life easier, instead of giving me more to do?

Familiar and fantastic starting points — like qualitative and quantitative research, historical references, and subject matter interviews — help UX designers to discover unique problems for a specific set of target customers. Then, a sketch of a screen becomes the go-to generic starting point to hopefully accomplish these three things:

The sandbox.

A common sandbox for an app designer.

  • Create the most elegant solution possible
  • Make a distinctive digital product
  • Be useful on a regular basis

Not easy. A designer who cares about a great experience may be blinded from a better solution by thinking in terms of screens, rather than considering the user’s typical process.

The plague of pixel constraints

Creating a new, unique and great experience from this canvas is possible, but drawing screen-based solutions has inherent challenges. Removing the phone from pocket or purse, logging in, finding and launching the app, dealing with passwords, menus, navigation, and other hurdles of mobile operating systems shepherds a less elegant experience.

Starting from the same pixel constraints as the competition will also likely lead to expected and repeated solutions despite being however spruced up by trendy and exhausted animation sequences like a parallax scroll, Helvetica-induced visual design, and interaction patterns like the use of the navigational hamburger that all make the product feel more contemporary, but do not create genuinely different experiences from competitors.

The hamburger icon.

I’m the sexy rounded rectangle hamburger man with all the things you really need buried inside!

And the app from this starting point will likely need to be reliant on the never-ending annoyance of buzzes, beeps, and vibrations to encourage repeated usage. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) already estimates that we tend to check our phones 150 times a day. In an international poll taken by Time magazine, 1 in 4 people check their phone “every 30 minutes, 1 in 5 people every 10 minutes.” Not to mention, Phantom Vibration Syndrome (PVS) and Ringxiety — thinking your phone is buzzing and beeping when it’s not — already impacts more than 90% of college students.

An Alternate View

Here’s a different constraint: a phone in a pocket.

Moves app

Above, the imagery implies a different sandbox for solving problems with the phone, one where the goal is to keeping your phone in your pocket. The Back Pocket App, a low-hanging fruit of a post graphical user interface heavy world. This is the app icon from the original Moves app that sadly has been ditched, but incredibly through passé skeuomorphism could symbolize a next generation of mobile app aspiration: it works best while in your pocket.

Imagine an app that doesn’t need buzzes and beeps. The primary experience is not a screen-based digital interface. It surprises and delights users without taking them away from friends, family, and time for the things they actually care about. It takes advantage of the powerful computer in the customer’s pocket. Instead of using the similar WIMP-based patterns as GUIs from thirty years ago, it empowers things like sensor and radio technologies, already built into the phone.

With this more unique sandbox, the future possibilities are far wider.

The founders of Lockitron, a company specializing in keyless entry, is one team that has successfully moved from the old mindset to the new one. The Wall Street Journal once reported that a British insurance company survey found the average adult in the UK “misplaces nine items a day,” and that people are “most frustrated at losing their house keys.” Lockitron set out to solve this problem. Wired raved: “Unlock Your Home With Your Cellphone.”

But while it sounded exciting, the actual solution required a special deadbolt replacement, and because of the initial pixel sandbox, the solution then asked users to drown an everyday action in cumbersome, screen-based thinking that was really no better than the old lock and key. Users now had to:

  1. Walk up to my apartment door.
  2. Pull my smartphone out.
  3. Wake up my phone.
  4. Slide to unlock.
  5. Enter passcode.
  6. Exit last opened app.
  7. Exit last opened group.
  8. Swipe through a sea of icons, searching for the app.
  9. Tap the app icon.
  10. Wait for the app to load.
  11. Tap the unlock button.
  12. Physically open their apartment door.
Screenbased thinking.

A year later, the Lockitron team redesigned with a refreshingly new kind of UX.

The first major change was with their custom deadbolt. They got rid of it. Instead, they made a cover that goes over the user’s existing lock, embracing their current set up.

More impressively, they also thought beyond screens, embraced the user’s environment and eliminated the need for the user to remove his phone from his pocket. The app still needs to be initially downloaded and installed on a smartphone, but once it’s set up, the smartphone can remain in its rightful place: a rectangular bump in the user’s pocket.

Using Bluetooth technology, the second generation Lockitron app enabled the phone to speak directly to the deadbolt without an explicit digital interaction. So when the user is at his front door, Lockitron welcomes him home smoothly, without so much as a pause or a tap. Their app doesn’t thrive off addiction; it creates customer satisfaction by actually making the unlocking process easier. The process is now:

  1. Walk up to my apartment door.
  2. Physically open my apartment door.
Screenless thinking.

Their second generation Lockitron raised $ 2.2 million on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter from potential customers. Pretty good for a door lock.

Screen comparison.

Next Steps

Thinking beyond screens isn’t applicable to every kind of problem, but when it is possible, it can illuminate a path of unforeseen delight for customers. Consider the following four tips in building your next app, all of which follow the principle “Embrace typical processes instead of screens”:

  • Start with an understanding of the user’s typical process.
    Observe users in the environment(s) in which they will likely be undergoing the task or encountering the problem. This helps us to design a system around their typical process considering their real-world settings as the constraint (instead of a pixel box).
  • Look for what triggers might indicate a problem we can help solve.
    By understanding the customer’s typical processes, we may discover that something simple — like you’re standing outside your apartment door — can indicate the need for your service to help solve a problem. For more complex solutions, a combination of triggers may be necessary to be able to provide enough confidence for a system to undertake an action. Perhaps a phone could have confidence a user is sleeping only with the correct combination of time of day, day of the week, location, and phone inactivity; and hence sets an alarm eight hours from that point.
  • Get familiar with smartphone technologies beyond pixel dimensions.
    Smartphone technology is changing rapidly. As designers, we need to know what sensor technologies, radios, and other forms of machine input are available on the latest phone. Here’s a quick guide to get started.
  • Get comfortable with usability patterns of physical experiences.
    Like Apple, Google, and Microsoft have popularized certain low-bar digital patterns, things like automatically sliding doors, escalators, and elevators have popularized some expectations in the physical world. Start observing and collecting those key moments of good industrial design.

To learn more about out-of-the-box thinking, alternative methodologies, and a different way of looking at how to make technological solutions, grab a copy of the book The Best Interface is No Interface.

The post above is original content derived from the thinking in the proactive new book, The Best Interface is No Interface, which discusses user experiences beyond screens.

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How To Wireframe iOS App Interfaces using Photoshop

Much like building a website, mobile app design is a very detailed procedure. Although it may not be sociological rocket surgery(some might say otherwise) but even the best app designers will spend…

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Free Android GUI & Wireframe Templates 2014

It’s been a couple of years since we last took at Android GUI templates, and a lot has changed in that time. Ice Cream Sandwich had just arrived back then, then Jelly Bean came, currently we are on KitKat, and pretty soon we will be seeing Android “L” rolled out, which will include Google’s new and exciting design language Material Design.

So, just to bring everybody up-to-date, we have collected a bunch of free GUI and wireframe templates for you to add to your Android app design toolbox. There are templates for the latest Android version (4.4), Material Design GUI templates, Android Wear templates, and also some templates for creating Android icons as well.

Just in case you’re looking for templates for older versions of Android, you may want to have a look at Android GUI Stencils, Kits and Templates from 2012, or Android App Developers GUI Kits, Icons, Fonts and Tools from 2010.

Android GUI Templates 2014

Android UI XHDPI Template (Sketch)
Android UI XHDPI Template

Android UI Design Kit 4.4 (PSD)
Android UI Design Kit 4.4 PSD

Android GUI Template (Sketch)
Android GUI Template Sketch

Material Design for Android (Sketch)
Material Design for Android

Android L Tablet UI Whiteframe Template (Sketch)
Android L Tablet UI Whiteframe Template Sketch

Nexus 4 GUI Package (PSD)
Nexus 4 GUI Package PSD

Android 4.2 GUI Template (Sketch)
Android 4.2 GUI Template Sketch

Android L Contacts User Interface (PSD)
Android L Contacts User Interface PSD

Android Vector Wireframing Toolkit (AI)
Android Vector Wireframing Toolkit AI

Android Wireframe Kit (Sketch)
Android Wireframe Kit Sketch

Android Wireframe Screen Flow Template for Galaxy Nexus & Nexus 4 (PSD)
Android Wireframe Screen Flow Template for Galaxy Nexus & Nexus 4 PSD

Android Wear GUI Elements (Firework PNG & PSD)
Android Wear GUI Elements Firework PNG PSD)

Android Wear Stencil (OmniGraffle)
Android Wear Stencil OmniGraffle

Android Wear Smartwatches Stencil Kit (OmniGraffle)
Android Wear Smartwatches Stencil Kit OmniGraffle

Android 4 Black Wireframing Stencil (Omnigraffle)
Android 4 Black Wireframing Stencil Omnigraffle

Android UI Mockup Templates from GUI Toolkits (Illustrator, Fireworks, Axure, OmniGraffle, Visio, Keynote and PowerPoint)
Android UI Mockup Templates from GUI Toolkits Illustrator, Fireworks, Axure, OmniGraffle, Visio, Keynote and PowerPoint

Android L Icon Grid System (AI)
Android L Icon Grid System AI

Android L Icon Grid (PSD)
Android L Icon Grid PSD

Material Design Icon Templates (AI)
Material Design Icon Templates AI

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How To Wireframe iOS App Interfaces using Photoshop

Much like building a website, mobile app design is a very detailed procedure. Although it may not be sociological rocket surgery(some might say otherwise) but even the best app designers will spend…

Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog.


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Design Inspiration: UI8 Wireframe Kit

The Wireframe Kit is now available at UI8.net.

The kit includes over 70 templates and 300 UI elements for web, tablet and mobile devices to help speed up your UX workflow. Delivered in .AI vector format.

This design was featured on Saturday 19th of July 2014. It’s designed by Creativedash, and falls under the category of iPhone App.

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38 Free Web, Mobile UI Kits And Wireframe Templates

This collection presents 38 handy and useful smartphone and web UI kits and wireframe templates for you. These UI kits and wireframe templates can be downloaded for free of cost, and can be used to create user friendly user interfaces for web as well as mobile platforms. With the help of these kits and templates, you can make your designs look more beautiful and can also make them look more appealing and interesting as well.

So, here is the complete list of 38 Free Web and Mobile UI, Wireframe Kits and Resources for your use. We hope that this collection proves to be the best and will help you get going in the initial phases of your UI designing project.

Web And Mobile UI Kits

Free Flat UI Kit

Android Camera UI Kit PSD

UI Kit – Free PSD For Personal & Commercial Use

Free Ui Kit

Grey Elements

Coloristico Flat Ui Kit

Obscure UI Kit

Freebie iGallery Repository App Concept

Iphone Gold Ui Kit +Free PSD

Freebie Spark Ui

Flat ui kit – Free PSD

Free Musicapp Ui Kit

Android Kitkat Ui Kit

Flatastic Mobile Ui Kit Freebie

Mobile and Web UI Kit PSD

Thallium GUI Kit PSD Preview

iOS 7 Login & Register App Free

Smooth UI Kit

Awesome UX Kit 1.0

Wireframe Templates

Free Photoshop Wireframe Kit

Webpage Wireframe Stencil

Vector Wireframe Kit & Symbol Library

Free responsive wireframes

Free Blueprint Wireframe PSD Kit

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Fireworks wireframe Stencils

Bootflat UI Kit

iPhone Wireframe UI kit

App Wireframes Kit

Mobile Wireframe Kit PSD

iOS7 Wireframe

iOS 7 Wireframe Kit

Android Wireframe Kit

Android UI XHDPI Template

iPhone App Wireframe

How To Wireframe An iPhone App In Sketch

Wirekit


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10 of the best free UI and wireframe kits

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A wireframe acts as your visual guide to show you how your web design or mobile app project is going to look like. It showcases the structure of your design without using any graphics or text. In another word, wireframes can be thought as screen blueprints.

Wireframe, as the name suggests, is a framework made with wires, which define basic layout and placement of content and page elements such as navigation, header, footer etc. It’s a great way to start your design work. It addresses the overall information architecture of the site or app to be built such as how a visitor will navigate around the site from a page to another, how large amounts of site data will be interlinked and many more. It can be a big time saver as it helps both the developers and clients come to an agreement on the placement of major elements such as content areas, navigation menus, headers and footers. Once you have the wireframe ready and approved by your client, there won’t be major changes in your detailed design and hence you can design it freely and blissfully.

For helping you to choose best wireframe, here I have collected 10 awesome free UI and wireframe kits. Choose the one that satisfies your requirement and speed up your design work with it.

1. Free Photoshop Wireframe Kit

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2. UI Kit

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3. UI Kit

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4. Free responsive wireframes

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5. Mobile Wireframe Kit PSD

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6. iOS 7 Wireframe Kit

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7. Flatastic Mobile UI Kit

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8. iPhone App Wireframe

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9. WireKit

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10. iPhone wireframe UI set

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30 New Web and Mobile GUI kits and Wireframe Templates


Just as we did a few days ago with free icon sets, today we take a look at and share with you the latest, the most extensive and the most detailed web and mobile GUI kits and wireframe templates currently available for free.

All of the kits and templates below have all been designed with modern design trends in mind, and are all chock-full of components, widgets, form elements, buttons, navigation systems and menus, various page templates, and much, much more. Basically, everything you could possibly need for designing or wireframing a web site or mobile app.

The kits and templates are mainly available in either PSD, EPS or AI formats, but there also a few that come in SVG, Fireworks or Sketch formats. Here they are:

Web Framework UI Kits

Foundation 5 UI Kit by Stephen Way (Sketch Format).
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Bootflat, a Flat Bootstrap UI Kit (PSD Format).
Bootflat psd Free UI Kits free template

Bootstrap-Based UI Kit by Little Neko (PSD Format).
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Wireframe & Mockup Templates

Wireframing Vector UI Kit by Giles Newman (PSD Format).
Vector Wireframe Kit PSD freebies for designers

Fireworks Wireframe Stencil Kit by Alexander Karp (Fireworks PNG Format).
Fireworks Wireframe Stencils png Free UI Kits free template

Web & Mobile UI Mockup Templates from GUIToolkits.com.
GUIToolkits.com have released a series of free iOS, Android, Web App, Facebook, OS X and Windows wireframing and mockup templates. They are available for Illustrator, Fireworks, Axure, OmniGraffle, Visio, Keynote and PowerPoint.

iPad GuiToolkits wireframe mockup free template mobile GUI kits
iPhone GuiToolkits wireframe mockup free template
Android GuiToolkits wireframe mockup free template mobile GUI kits
Web 2.0 jQuery Apps GuiToolkits wireframe mockup free template

Single-Page Website Wireframe Template (PSD Format).
One Page Website Wireframes PSD freebies for designers

Flat Web Layout WireFrame Template by Dimple Bhavsar (PSD Format).
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Mobile GUI Kits & Wireframe Templates

iOS7 Wireframing Kit by Awesome Kit (AI Format).
Awesome Kit AI freebies for designers

App Wireframes Kit by Vlad Cristea (PSD & AI Format).
free web App Wireframes Kit PSD AI

Regular and Candy iOS7 Wireframing Templates by Jay Visavadia (PSD Format).
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iPhone Vector Wireframing Toolkit (AI Format).
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Android Vector Wireframing Toolkit (AI Format).
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Android GUI Kit by Jonathan E. Chen (Sketch Format).
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Android Wear GUI Elements (PSD & Fireworks PNG Format).
Android Wear GUI Elements psd fireworks png Free UI Kits free template

Mobile App UI Concept Template (PSD Format).
free web Mobile App UI Concept PSD

Flatastic Mobile UI Kit (PSD Format).
free web Flatastic Mobile UI Kit PSD

GUI Templates

Elegant and Modern UI Kit (PSD Format).
Elegant and Modern UI Kit designers freebies

Dark Ui Set (PSD Format).
Dark Ui Set designers freebies

Flat Responsive Vector Mockup by Regina Acosta (AI Format).
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Oh no, not another UI Kit‘ (PSD Format).
UI Kit PSD freebies for designers

Minimal UI Kit by Petras Nargela (PSD Format).
UI Kit by Petras Nargela PSD free resources for designers

Numbers, Charts & Graphs Flat UI Kit (PSD Format).
Numbers psd Free UI Kits free template

Flat User Interface Kit (Vector PSD Format).
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Morph Flat UI Kit (PSD & Fireworks PNG Format).
Morph-UI PSD Fireworks PNG Free UI Kits free template

Flat UI Kit by Eduardo Mejia (PSD Format).
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LightFlat UI (PSD Format).
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Application UI Kits

iTunes iOS7 UI Kit (PSD Format).
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New Twitter GUI Kit by Jon Darke (PSD Format).
Twitter GUI psd Free UI Kits free template

Twitter Profile GUI PSD by Jon Darke (PSD Format).
Twitter GUI psd Free UI Kits free template


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Free Wireframe And Mockup Applications

In the field of web designing and web development, wireframing is considered as a crucial step because it lets you pinpoint potential problem areas quite early in the process as well as lets you for rapid prototyping. With an effective prototyping, communicating ideas, reducing scope creep and cutting down project costs become too easier. Wireframing enables greater upfront usability and functionality testing.

Here, we have gathered 10 free and the best wireframing tools for designers. We hope that you will like this collection and find these tools useful for you. Enjoy!

Gliffy

A wireframe is a skeletal outline of the components of your web site so that you can better see the relationships between them. A web site wireframe is a great way to clarify your vision for an entire web development team.

DENIM

DENIM is a system that helps web site designers in the early stages of design. DENIM supports sketching input, allows design at different refinement levels, and unifies the levels through zooming.

Pencil

Pencil is built for the purpose of providing a free and open-source GUI prototyping tool that people can easily install and use to create mockups in popular desktop platforms.

Mockflow

MockFlow is an online wireframe tool for software and websites.

Simple Diagrams

SimpleDiagrams2 is a desktop tool that helps you create simple diagrams quickly.

Web Site Wireframe Tool

This is a web based tool for building web site wireframes. A wireframe is simply a visual arrangement of site content, which allows developer and client to plan a web site’s content layout without a great investment of time.

Framebox

Lightweight online tool for creating and sharing mockups (wireframes). Easy, fast and free in use.

Lumzy

Lumzy is a Quick Mockup and Prototyping tool. Runs on the browser.

iPhonemockup

Pick “Illustration” or “Pencil” to create a new iPhone Mockup.

iPlotz

iPlotz allows you to rapidly create clickable, navigable mockups and wireframes for prototyping websites and software applications.


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Create a responsive HTML wireframe

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Since the early days of 3D computer modelling, modellers have used a ‘wireframe’ view of an object to show an object in three dimensions with minimal computer processor cost. Early video games like Battlezone and Tempest showed 3D objects as wireframes because early home computers weren’t powerful enough to fully render 3D objects (and early one colour displays couldn’t show them even if they could).




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