Tuesday, June 1, 2010

SharePoint 2010 IA Wireframe Toolkit

I created a post about a year ago about Using Visio for SharePoint Wireframes. So now that 2010 has been released I got busy building the next generation Visio Wireframe Toolkit for SharePoint 2010.

It is currently around ~40 pages that range from Wiki, team site, meeting workspaces, search, my sites, and application pages. All the text, navigation, web parts, and images are editable and can be added, moved, edited or deleted.

SharePoint 2010 Toolkit

In this version I made sure that the correct colors, fonts, and web part placements were true to the application. On most of the templates I have included some basic information about the page layout, web parts on the page, and libraries/lists included.

Here are some samples:
Team Site

Contacts Web Database

My Profile Silverlight Organization Viewer

I wish I could share it with everyone but my hands are tied and I cannot. It is an EMC Consulting artifact and I am writing this blog post to mainly get the word out that Visio is still my application of choice for creating Hi-End wireframes for SharePoint.

So if you are interested in having EMC Consulting help with your SharePoint deployment, Infrastructure, Storage (EMC Core), Branding, Governance, Taxonomy, Navigation, wireframes, or any other type of consulting please check out:

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Contact your local EMC Consulting representative and let them know I sent you!


Kanwal Khipple said...

It's great to see what you have built / accomplished within Visio. Sharing this with the community would be awesome.

One approach that EMC might consider is to have people register with their email address and receive this Visio as a sample download. Critical Path and Mindsharp have done this with great execution!

kanwal AT khipple DOT com

Ruven said...

Yet another phenomenal collection of wireframes by Erik. I remember when he showed me his 2007 wireframes in Montreal last year and being blown away.

But, since Erik is not allowed to share these widely, you may want to consider another approach: Instead of Hi-Fi wireframes, go for Lo-Fi.

I prefer this course of action, because, depending on the phase of the project, I don't want clients to think too much about how it will 'actually look', but more about 'what function belongs where'.

The tool I use is super fast and easy (and cheap), and you can even use it interactively during client workshops. It is called Balsamiq Mockups (www.balsamiq.com).

Even better, Gordon MacLeod (a fellow Torontonian) has created a bunch of pre-built SharePoint elements that you can download for free from here: http://mockupstogo.net/prebuilt-sharepoint-elements.

I have heard great arguments for both the Lo-Fi and Hi-Fi approaches, and they both have their uses. For me, fast, schematic and interactive wins out.

Marcy Kellar said...

Thanks for the tease Erik. There is something to be said about having the templates though. I can't tell a client to just "imagine" it with the date field there.

For fast lowfi I like http://mockflow.com. It is so much faster and gives a nice walkthrough experience.

Sharepoint Consultants said...

I have heard great arguments for both the Lo-Fi and Hi-Fi approaches, and they both have their uses. For me, fast, schematic and interactive wins out.