Are you responsible for taking the great ideas your customers have and distilling them into a picture or a series of pictures?
Wireframes, flows, and high level requirements are a big part of my day-to-day life.
For years now I’ve built my wireframes in Visio. Thanks to Dan Brown’s Visio teachings found on Boxes and Arrows and extending some existing wireframe stencil libraries I feel like I’m not having to reinvent the wheel with each deliverable.
And yet, I’m throwing it all away to embark on a new adventure that I think will yield better, more reusable results.
It is all Nathan Curtis’ fault.
- I blame his 2009 IA Summit Poster called Reuse, Reduce, & Recycle.
- I blame his book Modular Web Design: Creating Reusable Components for User Experience Design and Documentation.
- Most of all, I blame the free release of EightShapes Unify.
I am giving up Microsoft Visio for Adobe InDesign. And it may kill me.
Dare I admit it? I kinda like the Microsoft Office family because it’s what I’ve grown up with. (Note: Microsoft Office 2007 has not been at the top of my list, but I am finally finding my most loved features again. A separate discussion later.)
Unlike Microsoft, the Adobe product family has always been completely unintuitive to me (excluding the previously owned Macromedia products, which I dearly miss). I just don’t seem to think the same way those Photoshop developers do.
Unfortunately, Unify only works with InDesign. I found that out the hard way. I got so excited about Unify that I downloaded it, unzipped the files and looked at the extensions and went, “What the…?”
I downloaded a free trial of InDesign just so I could see what Unify included. I really liked what I saw. I recreated some of the ideas in Visio, but I kept wondering how much further I could go if I just dared to take the Pepsi Challenge….
And so, a new adventure begins.