July 9, 2009
We tried several tools and methods for user interface designing of iPhone applications. We now use a combination of these tools and our choice depends on what best suits the product as well as the customer. The key point is communicating the design clearly to both the customer and developers.
Before going into details, let me just list the iPhone design and mockup (wireframe) tools/methods in no particular order:
Some bonus stuff
Lazy as I am, I decided to write details about each iPhone UI design tool later, so till then please use the list above and explore them.
If I missed your favorite tool, please let me know in comments and I will gladly add it here.
Hey, don’t forget the humble Moleskine sketchbook as a great tool for sketching ideas down quickly. And if you own an iPhone UI Stencil it fits really well within the gridded sketchbook. Check out my blog post on the subject : http://blog.lyraspace.com/2010/02/12/using-your-moleskine-for-iphone-ui-design/
[StencilsApp] is an iPhone app for creating mockups. You can even create transitions and triggers between screens using gestures and actions in a multi screen mockup. Its got all iPhone UI elements, a large icon library and great 2D drawing tools. Its free to download.
WireframeSketcher is a wireframe/mockup tool that comes with an iPhone stencil: http://mockupsgallery.com/iphone-stencil-17
“Blueprint” is an UI Design app for iPad. It is really awesome.
Another one to add to the list is http://www.lucidchart.com where I’ve done a couple quick mockups. Amazing how much easier it is now than a couple years ago!
Blueprint – try it – it’s simply the best one out there.
We use icons from
http://www.sibcode.com/stock-icons/iphone-toolbar-icons.htm?che=1 in our iPhone apps.
I also found some good icons here:
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We have recently launched our iPhone mockup toolkit. It has some really cool features including easy editing, fully customizable objects, self styling and much more. It has some very comprehensive tools to make it as realistic as possible. Check out our blog post about the iPhone Mockup Toolkit. If you like what you see please consider adding us to the list.
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