Will 2015 stand out as the year interactive prototyping tools became a standard part of design?

Some of these aids have been around for a while. But all of a sudden they are everywhere. There’s a major picks and shovels gold rush on to create the latest must-have accessory for digital designers. And these are not your grandparents’ Visio.

Many design folks agree this evolutionary step forward in prototype creation is going to upend the current status quo of inert, flatland comps. The feedback loop between project stakeholders, clients, and designers is certain to improve and speed up.

Moving on from the freeze frame world of Photoshop and other static tools seems natural when what we are designing is motion and action itself. The new tools arrive with more sparkly animation than a holiday movie. And they really work.

Instead of arrows pointing back and forth between static images on paper to convey the interaction design, these new products output GIFs or video showing what it’s like to actually tap, click and move around your new product. Even better, they allow you to create a functioning prototype to try out on mobile. Instantly.

Another day, another incredible prototyping tool.  Atomic from New Zealand.
Another day, another incredible prototyping tool. Atomic from New Zealand.

If it’s just as easy to MAKE an interactive design your client can tap and swipe on mobile as it is to write about it in an email or create static PDF images of it – wouldn’t you opt for the interactive approach?

Principle for Mac by Daniel Hooper.  One of many options out there to quickly create interactive prototypes.
Principle for Mac by Daniel Hooper. One of many options out there to quickly create interactive prototypes.

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