Axure RP

Prototyping UX IA UI, Axure RP and Drupal

I have been using Axure RP for a few years now, as a tool helping me to prototype architectural software solutions, mainly for builds in Drupal very quickly. Axure RP allows a build to be seen in its entirety, allowing you to map the information architecture IA, model the User Experience UX, adding User Interface UI components and having javascript JS to bring the prototype closer to the end product as can be.

Apply other specific Graphical User Interface GUI elements to the layout immediately allowing clients greater ability to view its brand and identity early and approve.Bit pricey, when it comes to collaboration, and many designers I have worked with use inVision, a little basic, or UXPin. However after basic level collaboration, much of the work in planning the entire product application should be done on a more detailed level.

UX design and prototyping using Drupal API If you know Drupal and you have time to add contributed UI modules, and can do some simple UI coding, front-end, prototyping a solution can be done in a few days, of course depending on the build requirement and other intricacies or details to factor in. For example you may want micro-interactions and animations this can be tested for delivery speeds and responses much faster as the prototype is built within boxed or containerised development environments, and is already setup for production, again speeding product to market.

Allow the client a live experience with all the subsequent pages. For example building Groups, like FB Groups and using Axure RP/ UXPin/ inVision to present any extra functionalities that will require custom Drupal module development or extensibility from an existing contributed Drupal module, or better UI, of course.This type of prototype formulates the build timings quickly and accurately. Costings can be agreed upon. The AGILE production team can quickly deliver build schedules. Importantly the client, stake holders can have a clearly defined view of end product.

This is far better than any UX tool available, in my opinion the benefits are clear. If you don’t know Drupal then I advise Axure RP or UXPin for professionally delivered prototypes and architectural solutions, if your a UX designer with Drupal knowledge then I would urge you to roll with Drupal further, even if its not the CMS of choice its a great prototyping tool.

 

There's a recent review of Axure RP here https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/07/a-deep-dive-into-axure-8-a-comprehensive-review/

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