I was recently tasked with creating a prototype for a web application and it has turned out to be a much better experience than I expected. The project started off a bit different than usual due to the lack of creating a concept in Photoshop or Fireworks. I almost always begin designing with graphics that can then be approved or modified based on feedback from clients or coworkers.
So with that said, I wanted to share a few of my thoughts on how my experience with leaving Photoshop at bay and only working with a text editor has worked out.
I began the project with a set of mockups that were delivered along with a deadline that was going to be a tough one to pull off. Right away I knew that it was time to fall back and try out some advice I read in a recent article that recommended dropping the use of a graphics program and jumping right into the code to help save time.
Now usually I would put together a visual concept and deliver that to the developers that are working on the project. This would normally happen before I would actually begin coding out the HTML and CSS. This time though I was being so pressed for something to see in such a short time frame that I decided to jump straight into the HTML/CSS and to use jQuery in order to give examples of interaction on any given page.
Big ups to the jQuery team and if you havenâ€™t checked it out yet, thereâ€™s no time like the present.