Some witterings from the team at Hutchhouse...
Traditionally, in the early stages of any project, a full specifications document would be created that outlined the scope of the website and would describe (in words) the proposed user journeys, functionality and content. However it’s hard to envisage a full website or application by reading a 30-page document that contains no (or very little) imagery and even harder to tweak, improve and refine. Stakeholders can get confused over which version they should be referring too, and asking them to ‘imagine’ the final product is a tall order.
A prototype does away with a functional specifications document and does a far better job of keeping focus on the user and business goals.
With the introduction of responsive design the prototype has become even more influential in planning, scoping and testing the effectiveness of a product. By prototyping the various breakpoints (screen sizes) we are able to easily see how a single website will perform on desktop, tablet and smartphone devices. Moreover, many decisions can be finalised during this phase avoiding costly oversights once a project has entered into the design and development stages.
There are many benefits to creating a prototype of your website or application because:
Responsive design is a concept which is ‘device agnostic’. The idea is that websites are optimised to be viewed in different ways on different sizes of screen, not on specific devices. If you look at our website on a smartphone, be it an iPhone, HTC or whichever brand, then it appears differently to that of the desktop version. It has been designed and laid out differently to work for users on smartphone screen resolutions. The same applies for tablets, be they Kindles, iPads, Galaxys, whatever.
There are several benefits which provide better user experiences for the site user and the site owner alike.
The website user will benefit from responsive design because:
The website owner will benefit because:
To find out more about our responsive design services please contact us
We are sure to have already been provided with your top level website or application requirements but to fully understand a project we really need to align ourselves with you and your project in the following ways:
Once we have been through the project in the context of these very important areas, we’ll be able to expand on them in a summary discovery document which we’ll deliver and agree upon before we move into the production of your project. It’s not a wordy, lengthy document that you’ll want to store at the bottom of that pile on your desk — the idea is that this project summary ensures that we’re all singing form the same hymn sheet.
Are you losing potential from your website because some visitors are turned away by a user experience that does not suit their mobile or tablet device? This is a question that every website owner should be asking themselves.
All too often we see websites that perform lots of tasks adequately, but rarely fulfil the objectives of a) the site user and b) the website owner.