Case Studies

May 10th, 2006

The Guided Wireframe Narrative for Rich Internet Applications

Case Study: Prototyping Complex Interactions

Wireframes. We’ve all done them. We’ve all had to make sure our clients look at placement, labels, flow, and real estate distribution–but ignore color and design at all costs because, after all, they are wireframes.

AJAX, Laszlo, Flex, and other technologies and techniques that enhance usability challenge the way we think as architects but, more importantly, they also put a larger demand on our deliverables.

A few months ago, on the cusp of another reorganization, my boss challenged me to present ideas about how my group should be organized. The challenge: “If you could organize the group in whatever way you wanted, what would you recommend doing?” Everyone who has ever been a manager longs to hear those words.

This follow-up to Chiara Fox’s case study on bottom-up efforts to unify PeopleSoft’s various sites looks at how to create a system that not only reflects content patterns, but also supports user needs and delivers on important business objectives.

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