Sketchbook In Stock (Set 2)

The sketchbooks are back in stock. In this round, I've also made a handful with white elastic bands, which I think looks pretty cool contrasting against the black covers. I've also started including a barebones option without elastic, inner pocket, or pencil. The standard option is $16 and the barebones option is $2 less.

The standard option is hand-crafted by me here in Brooklyn, so they'll sell out faster than the barebones options. This is essentially the same sketchbook I've been making for myself for the past year, only now with the aid of printing and binding done by a printer. As you may know, the notepad production was done as a "beta test" product, with a few iterations before getting the design right. I'm doing the same with these, which is why the product gets slightly tweaked each time it's sent out, until the grid and the packaging is right. For those interested, the graph paper storyboard and wireframe grid notepads are now being printed and will be available for purchase via Amazon next month.

A note about shipping. If you are outside the US or Canada, I apologize, but there really aren't any options to ship outside the US that are affordable presently for the scale of production I'm doing. In the past I shipped USPS First Class International, and some orders got lost in route. The only trackable option is Priority Mail.

Keep in mind that some of these products are "beta tests" of the product idea, are produced in small quanitity, and may be hand crafted. If there is enough demand, I will seek better fulfillment options, as is being done for the wireframe and storyboard notepads. But for now, I can only ship affordably within the US and Canada. Sorry about that.

John M. Carroll on the History of HCI

John M. Carroll discusses the history of Human Computer Interaction on

Human-computer interaction (HCI) is an area of research and practice that emerged in the early 1980s, initially as a specialty area in computer science. HCI has expanded rapidly and steadily for three decades, attracting professionals from many other disciplines and incorporating diverse concepts and approaches. To a considerable extent, HCI now aggregates a collection of semi-distinct fields of research and practice in human-centered informatics. However, the continuing synthesis of disparate conceptions and approaches to science and practice in HCI has produced a dramatic example of how different epistemologies and paradigms can be reconciled and integrated.


Justinmind Prototyper

Justinmind Prototyper is a tool to design wireframes and run simulations for web, desktop and mobile applications. The product looks similar to Axure, and lets you define user interface elements using a drag and drop environment with component libraries, and attach actions to components. The prototypes allow you to map interactive behaviors to elements, define process logic and flow, and add functional specifications and annotations.

Looks very full featured and offers the possibility of running a web server to deploy multiple prototypes that are viewable in a browser and allow users to comment on designs. The product is priced for Enterprises, and cost is prohibitive for individuals, but may be of interest to larger companies. Trial versions are available for Windows or Mac OS.

iPhone Mockup

iPhone Mockup looks like a cool proof of concept for a sketchy mockup app for iPhone. It’s a bit like Balsamiq in spirit, but is done completely with JQuery. Firefox and Safari are the target browsers, and there is no option for doing secure mockups. Whatever you do will be visible to the world, so don’t plan on using it for anything other than playing. Nice concept though.

Thanks, Andrew.

Sideline Twitter Search App from Yahoo!

Sideline is an Adobe AIR desktop application built with the Yahoo! User Interface Library (YUI) that allows users to create and group custom queries by topics of interest, as well as view topic trends. Very nicely done. Am looking at at how the advanced search works at the moment. Looks very easy to build up an seems like it might be the perfect app for a lurker or follower who doesn’t post much.

Wireframe Sketch Book Now Available

The sketch book is finally available in the store. It’s a small 8.25 x 5.5 inch wirebound book that lays flat, has a 24 x 24 grid with note block on the front (landscape orientation) and 48 x 24 grid on the back (landscape or portrait). Includes 50 perforated sheets (100 pages) printed in non-photo blue ink, and an interior flap on the back cover. For the first set sold, I’m also including a Zebra 0.7mm mechanical pencil. Yay, you!

As you may know, I’ve been looking for a notebook with a grid that works well for a UI designer’s workflow, similar to the larger letter sized graphpaper, but made to be small and portable. I’m accustomed to doing initial sketches small and rough. The smaller sized paper lets you work more freely and loosely I find, so you can generate many ideas before selecting and refining. This sketch book is the one I’ve been using for this work.

It helps with my workflow because I now have the small format for sketches, the larger format for refinement of ideas, and the OmniGraffle templates for deliverables. Each of these has the same number of grid columns and I’m continually working to improve the consistency between them so the flow makes the translation of ideas smooth from one format to another.

I hope you enjoy using these as much as I do. They go on sale for $16 and I’ll be selling them in limited quantities for the time being. More info about the book in the store.