22 April 2008 PowerPoint, PowerPoint 2007, Prototyping, UI Robert Muehsig

The UI is one of the most important part of an application. Jeff Atwood wrote in a great blogpost, that the UI should be the first thing you do.

Unfortuantly there are many methods how to prototyp a UI. I found a very interesting video in the blogpost from Jeff: UI Prototyping with PowerPoint 2007.

PowerPoint? Ich don´t want a presenation!

Why PowerPoint? PowerPoint 2007 has some great features which allows us to build such an UI in very short time:

(I currently work on this project)

A important note: This is only the prototyp!

You can see some of the components and the general design and it looks better than with Paint or on a paper. The advantage of PowerPoint: It is still simpler to use as Photoshop!

Everyone (Projectleader, Designer, Developer) who can work with PowerPoint has the chance to bring his ideas into the design! It´s simpler to edit instead of a Photoshop image or a HTML dummy.

Features of PowerPoint 2007:

There are many effects:


You can use the templates:


And the "cool" effects:


(sorry - I have only the german version of PowerPoint)

With these tools you are able to build very fast a good-looking UI prototyp.

Another interesting site with the "UI Prototyping" Topic.

If you look for alternativs read Jeffs Blogpost :)

Written by Robert Muehsig

Software Developer - from Saxony, Germany - working on primedocs.io. Microsoft MVP & Web Geek.
Other Projects: KnowYourStack.com | ExpensiveMeeting | EinKofferVollerReisen.de