Wireframing in Balsamiq8:42 with Hope Armstrong
Balsamiq is a tool built specifically for wireframing. It contains UI elements and devices that can easily be inserted as building blocks for your wireframe.
Wireframing tool used in this stage:
[MUSIC] 0:00 Now that you know to draw wireframes on paper, 0:04 let's explore how to create wireframes on a computer. 0:07 Balsamiq is a tool built specifically for wireframing. 0:11 It contains UI elements and 0:14 devices that can easily be inserted as building blocks for a wireframe. 0:16 You can either use Balsamiq Cloud in the browser, or 0:21 download the Balsamiq desktop app. 0:25 Cloud is available free for 30 days. 0:27 And in the Teacher's Notes, I put instructions for 0:30 how to extend it to a 60 day trial. 0:32 If you prefer to use the desktop app, look in the Teacher's Notes for 0:35 a one year license key. 0:39 But keep in mind that some features I demo in the cloud version 0:41 aren't available on the desktop app. 0:45 Alrighty, go ahead and get set up with Balsamiq so you can follow along with me. 0:47 Go ahead and open Basalmiq Cloud in a browser. 0:52 The URL is balsalmiq.cloud. 0:56 The initial screen will differ, based on your account activity. 1:04 So click the smiley face icon to navigate to the Spaces screen. 1:08 A space is a collection of projects. 1:14 If you haven't created one yet, go ahead and click the + icon, 1:17 enter a name, And click Create My Space. 1:23 I already have a Space so I'm gonna exit this window and 1:31 open My Space called Course Demo. 1:34 Next I'll show you how to import the project file. 1:38 In the project files attached to this video, 1:42 I've included my Balsamiq file so you can follow along. 1:45 After you download the example file, from the project screen, 1:48 click the Import button in the top left corner. 1:53 Navigate to where you downloaded the project file, and select it, click Open. 1:56 Now you're able to see the project, click to open it. 2:05 Feel free to take a peek at this file to get a sense for 2:11 how wireframes look in Balsamiq. 2:15 Great, now let's create a wireframe from scratch. 2:20 Click to the Spaces screen. 2:24 For me, my space is called Course Demo. 2:26 So I'll just click that in the top nav. 2:29 Click the plus icon to create a new project. 2:33 Let's get familiar with the UI. 2:38 Right now we're mainly looking at the blank canvas. 2:41 This white area's where elements can be placed. 2:46 On the left is the navigator panel. 2:49 This is where you can toggle between the different wireframes. 2:52 At the top is the UI library which is where UI elements can be dragged onto 2:56 the canvas. 3:01 At the top is a toolbar which shows the sections of elements in the UI library. 3:03 A couple of handy panels can appear on the right. 3:09 The info icon shows the inspector panel. 3:13 This is where you can add notes and alternate versions. 3:16 When the inspector panel is visible and 3:21 you also have an element selected, you'll be able to edit its properties there. 3:24 The icon that looks like a document controls the project info panel. 3:30 In this panel, you can change the overall project settings. 3:34 Now, just to get acquainted with the tool, let's pretend we're making an iPhone app. 3:39 I like listening to podcast. 3:45 So I'm gonna put together a basic screen that shows a podcast episode. 3:47 FIrst, you'll want to start out by choosing the container. 3:52 Click Containers, and drag an iPhone to the screen. 3:55 The UI library contains a bunch of drag and drop UI elements. 4:00 The common section is a great place to see the most frequently used elements. 4:06 At the top, I wanna include a navigation bar. 4:13 Instead of scrolling through the UI library, I like to use 4:17 quick add which basically allows us to search the library by keyword. 4:21 We'll need a back arrow in the navigation. 4:26 You can click into the Quick Add search bar or you can use a keyboard shortcut. 4:29 Just type a forward slash on your keyboard, and 4:36 your cursor will appear in the Quick Add search bar. 4:39 Type angle, and choose the left one. 4:42 Place it where you want it, typically in the top left of the screen. 4:51 It's a little big. 4:56 So I'm gonna go over here to the info panel and I'm gonna make it smaller. 4:57 I'm gonna make it medium sized. 5:01 Now drag a line of text to this screen. 5:06 This will represent the title of the podcast. 5:08 Now I want an image of the podcast at the top. 5:13 Drag image onto the canvas. 5:16 Resize it by clicking one of the corners and dragging it to the preferred size. 5:19 I'm gonna make this one sized to fit full width at the top of the screen. 5:24 Now I'm gonna add a line of text. 5:36 This will represent a headline. 5:38 Under that I'm gonna add a block of text which might have 5:45 a description of the podcast episode. 5:49 I'm gonna make it a little wider so that way it spans across the device more. 5:54 Finally, let's add a button so users can play the episode. 5:59 Drag button onto the canvas. 6:03 Double click it to change the button text. 6:11 And then click enter when you're done. 6:18 Great, I'm gonna make it a little bigger so it's easier to click on. 6:22 And I also wanna add an icon. 6:25 On the right here, there's an icon section. 6:29 Search for play, I wanna add a play button. 6:32 Great, I'm gonna make it a little wider, so 6:38 that way it looks a little bit more balanced. 6:40 And I think the icon's a little too big here in proportion to the text. 6:44 So let's make the icon extra small. 6:48 Great, now we have a basic wireframe. 6:52 Just so that you can see more of my canvas, I'm going to hide 6:56 the UI library by going to View and then unchecking UI Library. 7:01 If you don't like the stytle of the wireframe, you have options. 7:08 In the top right of Balsamiq, click the project info icon. 7:12 Now you'll see a panel of Project Information on the right. 7:17 For skin, choose wireframe. 7:21 As you can see, this is more of a technical rendering. 7:25 I'm gonna stick with the wireframe skin, since I like how neat it looks. 7:28 When you choose a skin, you can do so based on your personal preference 7:32 or you can strategically choose the sketch style 7:38 to communicate to stakeholders this is your loose brainstorm type sketch. 7:43 And then switch to the wireframe skin 7:49 when it's time to present a more finalized version to outside clients. 7:51 On the panel, you can also adjust the font. 7:57 I'm gonna switch to the Lato font. 8:00 You can also change the font size and colors, but 8:04 I'm gonna stick with the defaults. 8:08 We're going to move on to another wireframe now, but 8:10 before leaving this one, let's give it a descriptive name. 8:13 Click the down arrow on the thumbnail and choose Rename. 8:17 I'm gonna call it Podcast App Episode Details and 8:23 click Rename. 8:32 Now that you're more familiar with Balsamiq, let's get back to our ride 8:34 sharing app project for a fictional company called Ride. 8:39
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