We’ve all been there: you’ve got a few days to throw together a prototype. For expedience sake, you go to one of your large, well known tools to get the job done. The files quickly become bloated and crash—hours of hard work lost. There’s got to be a way to create prototypes at a similar level of fidelity with a lighter weight tool.
After test driving some alternative prototyping tools I discovered that there are indeed other good options. Here is an overview of what I found, followed by assessments of each tool, with hopes it will help fellow designers in the prototyping trenches.
Choosing the tools
After researching existing prototyping tools, I narrowed a long list of about 40 to a small set of 10 that looked the most interesting. Some factors that influenced which tools I selected include:
- Hearing about the tool from fellow Cooperistas or other colleagues.
- The popularity of the tool based on what I read in other blogs.
- Whether it looked cool or exciting from my first impression of the design and features.
This is not a comprehensive set of tools, but includes the ones that I was interested in checking out.