Dynamic Prototyping with SketchFlow in Expression Blend: Sketch Your Ideas...And Bring Them to Life!

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This book is for designers, user experience pros, creative directors, developers, or anyone who wants to create rich, interactive, and compelling products. If you want to communicate innovative ideas, research, experiment, and prototype in the language of the interface, Dynamic Prototyping with SketchFlow in Expression Blend is the perfect text. Learn how to sketch, iterate, and validate ideas–utilizing the power and productivity within SketchFlow.

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Dynamic Prototyping with SketchFlow in Expression Blend: Sketch Your Ideas...And Bring Them to Life!

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Overview

This book is for designers, user experience pros, creative directors, developers, or anyone who wants to create rich, interactive, and compelling products. If you want to communicate innovative ideas, research, experiment, and prototype in the language of the interface, Dynamic Prototyping with SketchFlow in Expression Blend is the perfect text. Learn how to sketch, iterate, and validate ideas–utilizing the power and productivity within SketchFlow.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789742797
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 4/7/2010
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Bernard is a 17-year veteran of the design and technology industry. He is a passionate advocate for advancing the practice and discipline of innovation at the intersection of design, technology, and business.

Sara Summers is a 13-year veteran of the design industry. She has a personal mantra of design democracy–happy, healthy designers and developers working and playing together to create beautiful, inspirational products.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: The Theory Behind Sketching and Dynamic Prototyping 15

Chapter 1: Why Sketching and Prototyping Are Important 17

Chapter 2: Design Process 27

Chapter 3: Patterns and Practices for Innovation 41

Part II: Let’s Build a Prototype 59

Chapter 4: Getting Started 61

Chapter 5: Importing and Creating Content 79

Chapter 6: Sharing Your Project and Getting Feedback 93

Chapter 7: Basic Animation with SketchFlow Animation 109

Chapter 8: Basic Navigation 127

Chapter 9: Basic Animation Using States 135

Chapter 10: Working with Data 151

Chapter 11: Bringing It All Together 165

Part III: Understanding SketchFlow 175

Chapter 12: The SketchFlow Interface 177

Chapter 13: Assets, Styles, and Components 213

Chapter 14: SketchFlow Animation on and States 225

Chapter 15: SketchFlow Behaviors 247

Chapter 16: Data 259

Chapter 17: Annotating Your Work, Getting Feedback, and Creating Documentation 277

Part IV: Applied Knowledge 293

Chapter 18: Project Brief and Sketches 295

Chapter 19: Navigation Via Component Screens 307

Chapter 20: Adding Animation 311

Chapter 21: Client Feedback 319

Chapter 22: Set Up for Behaviors 325

Chapter 23: Refining States 331

Chapter 24: Refining Animation and Interactivity 337

Chapter 25: Incorporating Data 347

Chapter 26: Refining Data 355

Chapter 27: Advancing Fidelity 365

Chapter 28: Advanced Fidelity with Templates and States 375

Chapter 29: Post Mortem 385

Part V: Reference 389

Appendix A: What Is .NET? 391

Appendix B: What Is XAML? 401

Appendix C: What Is C#? 419

Appendix D: What Is WPF? 445

Appendix E: What Is Silverlight? 455

Appendix F: Additional Resources 469

Index 481

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  • Posted June 28, 2010

    DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK - COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY

    As an IT professional for twenty plus years working in both the designer and developer roles I do NOT recommend this book. If you use adobe products and are curious about microsofts attempt in that market and you want some light reading, maybe ok, but really - get a life. If you actually want to learn sketchflow - no. The text is an unedited mess, the examples are vauge and incomplete, the illustrations / pictures are too small to read. And you have to read the very fine details in the pictures because the text is so bad. The examples can be downloaded, but they don't work. They are not even in a buildable state.

    Sketchflow is a good tool and gives designers some capabilities that normally were in the area of developer responsibilities. While Sketchflow itself is marketed as a way for designers and developers to work together; this book makes it clear that the authors view it as a way for designers to avoid those icky developer people. I can not say this enough....DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS BOOK.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    Recommended, Good skechflow starting point.

    This is a good book to get the basic design concepts, and as an introduction to sketchflow, in my personal case, it was extremely useful now that I am getting familiar with Blend, and with the new thechnologies like WPF and Silverlight it has become very important for us as programmers to get the notion and concepts of good design practices in order to develop the type of applications the end users are now demanding.
    You can definitively skip the first three chapters if you have some blend and sketchflow experience, and jump to chapter 4 where all the fun starts and you get to start building a prototype, the book does not have as many images as I would like (I really like books with lots of images), but the text explains in detail all the examples. I downloaded the code and most of them work.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    Good Introduction

    Found this book to be a good introduction to SketchFlow. The first fifty pages give the history and reasons for prototyping, so they could be skipped. In fact the authors suggest that sections can be skipped depending of the reader's knowledge.
    I would choose another book if you know Blend and have a background in prototyping. I don't, so I found the book useful as an overview to the subject. It's easy to read and get through. The book comes across more of a tutorial than an in-depth discussion of SketchFlow.
    If you are new to the subject, then this might be a good book. If you know the subject or want an extensive knowledge on SketchFlow, then you might want to try another book.

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