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(2015) 2015 year in review – Medium
This past year, I went for dinner with Ruben Gamez. One of the things he’s done really well is focused on his “super power.” He’s really good at eliminating distractions. He mentioned that Peldi Guilizzoni’s strength is tenacious focus. noah kagan’s is thinking non-stop about value.
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Job van der Voort’s setup | Entrepreneur Setups
Balsamiq Mockups: I’d replace Balsamiq for a more flexible tool, but it’s the fastest tool to make quick, low-fidelity mockups.
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3 days ago by balsamiq
Prototyping Your Medical Device User Interface to Reduce Cost + Risk
Balsamiq is a powerful tool for quickly building user interfaces. It has a huge number of built-in controls that you can drag, drop, and rearrange. Its goal is to be as fast as paper sketching while still providing the advantages of drawing digitally. It lets you make changes without starting over, reuse elements over multiple screens, and has the ability to resize and rearrange graphics.

Another great Balsamiq feature is its “sketchy” appearance. Having things look a little rough reminds the team that the design isn’t final, and prevents people from getting hung up on appearance when giving feedback.
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3 days ago by balsamiq
20 Smart Tools and Apps for UX Designers
Balsamiq is a neat tool that comes with great  mockups to help you create mobile apps, interfaces, software, web sites It is a real time-saver that uses lots of UI elements. Enjoy!
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4 days ago by balsamiq
Descubre qué son los mockups y cómo te pueden ayudar
Google Translation [This is one of the most important tools to create your mockups, especially if you are a beginner. Balsamiq will make the whole process simple and create your mockups faster than you think. In fact, it is one of the tools most used by designers.]
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Oprah versus Spock: Advice from Dan Olsen and The Lean Product Playbook - MindTheProduct
I’m also a fan of tools that let you easily create and iterate clickable or tappable wireframes, such as Balsamiq. These tools help the team work through their UX design quickly.
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7 days ago by balsamiq
From idea to product: Designing Jobandtalent
product managers create their own basic wireframes using Balsamiq Mockups
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7 days ago by balsamiq
The Beginner’s Guide to Usability Testing
you can create an interactive prototype using a tool such as Balsamiq or Axure
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8 days ago by balsamiq
How to Become a UX Designer - 5 Steps to Jump-starting Your UX Career
Balsamiq – Easy to use tool for creating wireframes. This is what I’ve used most often for wireframing.
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15 days ago by balsamiq
Balsamiq Review: Simple, Quick, and Easy Wireframing
It is very well suited for rapid, simple prototyping. If you just need to demonstrate where a certain component should be on a page, this is a great tool for you.
If you want to show exactly how something is going to look (color scheme, styling, etc.), build an interactive prototype, iterate on existing tools, or use a lot of custom/non-standard controls in your design, this will not be a great tool for you.
Balsamiq Use Cases and Deployment Scope

We are using Balsamiq within the product management department to create wireframes that will be used for requirements documentation. We find it to be a good alternative to Photoshop or Illustrator for quickly mocking up layouts and workflows, where the visual design is secondary to determining which components are needed on a page, and where they should go. This is much quicker to implement than a full Photoshop/Illustrator mockup, and much more useful than trying to describe requirements in words to the developers.
Balsamiq Pros

It's incredibly easy to use. The built in UI component library means that creating a new wireframe is as simple as dragging and dropping components onto a page. Keyboard shortcuts are generally simple and easy to remember. A new user can become very proficient with just 0-30 minutes of training.
You can create and iterate on a mockup very quickly. If you know what you want to do, you can mock up a simple page/tool in as little as 10 minutes. Moving a component, rearranging a page, adding or removing components, etc., is all very quick.
It is very easy to collaborate with your team. Pricing is by the number of projects you have, so you can have as many users collaborating as you want. This includes sharing your work, allowing others to comment on your work, edit, and propose alternate versions. Sharing a mockup is as easy as copying and pasting a hyperlink- you do not need to download and email files.
There is very good support, and help pages/videos. If I don't know how to do something, I can often figure it out by Googling it.
Balsamiq is extremely inexpensive, which means that any benefits gleaned from it are almost pure gain. It requires no upfront costs or IT involvement to install or administer (we use the web based version).
The biggest gain we see is minimizing development time. We now spend more time reviewing designs before they are implemented and making sure that they are going to work, before committing them to code. It is so much easier, faster, and cheaper to amend a wireframe than to rewrite code.
Conversely, if you are spending a ton of time putting together Photoshop/Illustrator mockups, you will save yourself a lot of design time by creating simpler mockups. In cases where the visual style and components are already set, making designs pixel-perfect often is not necessary.
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16 days ago by balsamiq
Review: Get your hands on Balsamiq and become stress free.
Balsamiq is well suited for:
Sketchy, low-fidelity wireframes which focus on rapid design conversations and functionality.
75 built-in user interface components and 187 icons, plus a whole lot of community-generated components.
Linking lets you generate click-through prototypes for demos & usability testing.
Share or present mockups with embedded links using PDF export, or use a 3rd party tool to export to code.
Balsamiq Use Cases and Deployment Scope

I used Balsamiq in one of my projects with my previous employer. This product is used by almost all the engineering teams which focus on designing the front-end portal applications. It is basically used to design and structure your thoughts in the form of wireframes which can be further leveraged by the software developers.
Balsamiq Pros

It has a lot of tools for designing wireframes.
It has a very small learning curve.
It is cross platform and portable.
Balsamiq Cons

Communication can be improved between designers and developers.
The gap can be bridged between content writers and designers in order to collaborate in a more fruitful way.
Functional specifications should be allowed to be imported to any .docx or .pdf format.
ROI on Balsamiq Purchase

It had a positive impact overall on the business in terms of Return on Investment.
It certainly increased the productivity within the project.
It would have been great if it also had a feature to collaborate as well.
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16 days ago by balsamiq
Notes From the Future Desk - October | VIA Studio

When it comes to initial collaboration on wireframes, nothing beats a big ol’ white board. However, those aren’t very easy to share with the dev and design teams, or the client for that matter. That’s when we turn to Balsalmiq, wireframing software. The best part? It’s suuuuuper simple to use. After about 5 minutes of exploring it I felt like a pro, but they do offer extensive tutorials if you want learn all the features available to you.
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