Making of a Web App: Part 10 – UI Evolution and Screenshots on Flickr

Making of a Web App is Synap Software’s step-by-step look at designing and developing a web app. In this article I share one iteration of an evolution of web application design layouts for PlaybookIQ. I set up a flickr photostream to show screenshots as they evolved. Read the rest of this blog entry first, andContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Part 10 – UI Evolution and Screenshots on Flickr”

Making of a Web App: Part 9 – Why I Hope No One Reads My Use Cases

Making of a Web App is Synap Software’s step-by-step look at designing and developing a web app. In this article I share why, despite best attempts by the anti-paperwork crowd, I like written use cases. Use cases: Contribute directly to the final, deployed app. Expose risks to simplicity. Expose the level of development work required.Continue reading “Making of a Web App: Part 9 – Why I Hope No One Reads My Use Cases”

Making of a Web App: Choose a Name, Part 2 – Update

Making of a Web App follows the design, development and deployment of a web application. This is the seventh article in the series. In this entry we pick a name for Synap Software’s new sales team collaboration application. Here’s the steps we followed: Wrote down the categories, benefits, and differences that describe the app. UsedContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Choose a Name, Part 2 – Update”

Making of a Web App: Choose a Name, Part 1

In this, the sixth entry in the Making of a Web App series, we take a look at choosing a name. There are two steps: pick criteria and then pick a name that meets those criteria. In this entry we look at the first step: what makes a good web application name. Key points: DescriptiveContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Choose a Name, Part 1”

Making of a Web App: Choose a Small Feature List for V1.0

In this, the fifth entry in the Make a Web App series, we build the v1.0 feature list. The key points are: Write down a big list of features. Cut the list in half. Cut the list in half again. Version 1.0 will be only this 25% of the big list – these are theContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Choose a Small Feature List for V1.0”

Making of a Web App: Set Expectations

This is the fourth entry in the Making of a Web App series. Key points are: Use user profiles to reinforce understanding of the single activity release 1.0 is meant to support. Maintain focus and set expectations by distinguishing the activity the app supports from another closely-related, yet different, activity. Ask a Project Manager aboutContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Set Expectations”

Making of a Web App: Describe Users in Writing

This is the third entry in the Making of a Web App series. Key points are: Write profiles of users’ roles, responsibilities, and needs Two profiles is good, three is borderline and four profiles indicates the scope for release 1.0 is too large. User profiles are important tools for design and scope decisions. This seriesContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Describe Users in Writing”

Barry Schwartz: The Paradox of Choice

From Publishers Weekly ”Like Thoreau and the band Devo, psychology professor Schwartz provides ample evidence that we are faced with far too many choices on a daily basis, providing an illusion of a multitude of options when few honestly different ones actually exist. The conclusions Schwartz draws will be familiar to anyone who has flippedContinue reading “Barry Schwartz: The Paradox of Choice”

Making of a Web App: Sales Team Collaboration Software

It’s difficult to talk about web application design in this Making of a Web App series without first describing the application. Other designers have hidden their plans while sharing their process by offering vague design decisions and small, blurry screenshots. The results are less than satisfactory so in this series we’ll share the details ofContinue reading “Making of a Web App: Sales Team Collaboration Software”