High Fidelity Wireframes (Photoshop Mockups)

By Jed Grant

high fidelity example thumbnailI personally believe that the first two steps of gathering requirements and understanding the customer and then creating wireframes are essential; however, while I do those things I am constantly looking forward to the time where I get to make it come alive with color layout and form. That’s exciting to me. While some people may consider the aesthetics to be unimportant I believe they play a vital role regarding the user’s perception of the application and potentially their efficiency.

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Wireframes: Shown Early and Often

By Jed Grant

wireframes thumbnailI’ve heard a lot of different definitions for what wireframes and prototypes are so let me tell you how I define them. A low fidelity wireframe is a black and white layout that represents the requirements that were gathered as part of business analysis. It represents the designers vision of how the application will accomplish those requirements while attempting to temporarily avoid discussion regarding visual and aesthetic elements so that interested parties focus on the objectives being met instead of the color of a button.
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Business Analysis: Get It Right The First Time

By Jed Grant

A foundational part of what I do revolves around understanding both the customer and the intended users. In today’s market “web designers” are a dime a dozen. Many of them touting their ability to quickly turn around a complete web site. To utilize a cliche, I think it’s a bit more valuable to work smart, both for myself and the customer and get it right the first time instead of creating a solution that doesn’t meet business objectives or consider the user experience. It is my opinion that spending some time understanding a project is essential. How much depends on the client, their budget, and the magnitude of the endeavor.

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Who am I, What do I do?

By Jed Grant

portfolio-concept-aug-2009-thumbnailSo my current site, well my current primary site hasn’t gotten a lot of love for a while. This summer I was planning on giving it a bit of an overhaul and this is what I had in mind. It was quite fun to design. However, when I finished the designed and had mostly finished the CSS and HTML I realized it might lean a little too far towards my gaming industry background. So I canceled this one. However, I still like it so I thought I would share both the design on how all of my blogs came about. At the end of the post I’ll also be including a few screenshots of the design shown here.

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