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Baltariu Remus

Head of Design at ASSIST

Prototyping tools

As a designer, you want to show in the best way possible your idea of design, the interactions and animations that you have in mind. For this we have prototyping tools. Many prototyping tools. Many, many! I said about how many of them are out there in the wild? As many are, we want to use that one that suits best our needs like time needed for creating, fidelity, sharing capabilities, user testing and so on.

Here at ASSIST, beside our desire to create awesome products and have the happiest clients, we have something that is important in this field. We have curiosity! Why it's important? Because we want to be up to date with the latest technologies and solutions. Because we want to learn new things and see if we can find better solutions than what we already use.

So, in my pursuit of finding the best tools for the design process, I gave it a try to Pixate Studio. Recently joined the Google’s design team and already on the 2.0 version, this software looks very promising. The fidelity of prototypes is at the highest and the best part is that you can check them directly on your phone through the app that Pixate provides.

Through all best sides of this tool, we find cons as well. One of them, in my opinion, is the time needed to create prototypes. And this is normal to be time consuming, since you want to have all the details. But when comes to real life and you have a project with 50+ screens, I don’t think you will have the time. To showcase a simple transition or the interactions with some UI elements… that’s more suitable for a tool like this. Personally, I want something that is simple to use, straightforward, easy to share and make changes and have the client’s feedback immediately.

In the conclusion, if you are looking to create some high fidelity prototypes and time is not a problem… Go ahead and give it a try. It’s FREE! Also, I am curious what you are using for creating prototypes. Feel free to leave a comment below. 

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