Importance & Value of Prototyping in UI/UX Design
November 13th, 2015 by Mike Locke  |  8 Comments »    

In this video I talk about the importance and value of prototyping and why you should list it as a skill on your resume.


    Jesse Cunningham    
    November 17th, 2015 at 6:18 am

    What are your thoughts on Axure? I’ve been using Axure for a few years now and the app is at the point where you can build some very robust and almost pixel perfect prototypes in a short amount of time.

    Mike Locke    
    November 17th, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    @Jesse – Yes, a lot of UX Designers use Axure. I tried it out before but it lacks the strong vector/bitmap capabilities that I need when designing full mockups. But yes it is a popular app and used by a lot of people.

    Michael Acevedo    
    November 17th, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Hey Mike,

    I’ve sent a couple emails the past couple months but no response, so maybe I should ask you here.

    Fom my experience, most companies provide the software for us designers or ask us to bring our laptops. I was wondering, how do you use fireworks at your job assuming the company is using the latest adobe suite Adobe CC?


    Mike Locke    
    November 17th, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    @Michael – Adobe Fireworks CS6 is still current and comes with the latest Adobe CC subscription. Basically the apps I currently use are Fireworks CS6, Photoshop CC 2015 and Illustrator CC 2015. All of these versions are included in the latest Suite.

    November 21st, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Whats up Mike, thanks so much for giving more great advice, really appreciate it. However i have a question that might bug you. How important is it for ui/ux designers to know how to use adobe illustrator? Do you think ui/ux designers need to be good at using illustrator? Because I’ve been practising on photoshop for the past 4 years and im really good at it, created some amazing looking websites/magazine covers/logos/apps etc, and im loving it. However i dont know if mastering adobe illustrator would make me a better ui designer or make my designs look any better. I’ve never used illustrator, never needed it. i can see how people could use illustrator to make cleaner icons etc, but you can make clean icons in photoshop, so is there any point in learning adobe Ai? if i was good at illustrator, could i use it to make my designs look even better? love to get your views on this if you can, if not, that’s also fine by me :) peace.

    Mike Locke    
    November 24th, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    @Mika – Adobe Illustrator in my opinion is great for tweaking/creating icons. That’s the extent of what I ever use Adobe Illustrator for in my work. Photoshop is more than capable of doing everything you need when it comes to design, wireframing, creating all your graphics, etc.

    Lori Newman    
    December 2nd, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    We use invision App – I like how it integrates with Photoshop and the ability to share notes with clients on the mockup – tried many over the past several years and I think their pricing is reasonable.

    Mike Locke    
    December 7th, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks Lori for sharing that insight.

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