Fake It Till You Make It: Rapid Prototyping Using Flash

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Rapid prototyping using Flash is a simple yet extremely powerful way to create great design solutions.

Prototyping in Flash…

  • Applies the best of paper prototyping, wireframes and HTML prototyping
  • Increases the speed and agility of your development process
  • Decreases your documentation to almost zero

A wide range of realworld prototypes will be shown, created for major brands and startups. You’ll see how these prototypes can be built very quickly and easily, with little or no Flash expertise.

The simplest and best method of prototyping in Flash involves no programming – you just draw the interface as you would with paper prototypes or wireframes. You can also make interactive prototypes in Flash with very simple code: gotoAndStop(frame). During the session you’ll even see an example of a highly interactive, fully functional prototype.

Flash is a great drawing tool, so you can visually represent any possible solution, low or high fidelity. Flash is a timeline based tool, so it’s ideal for previewing and editing interactions that happen over time. Unlike HTML/CSS/Javascript prototypes, Flash works the same in every browser with no extra effort.

This session covers interaction design, usability testing and agile product/project management. It will show you how the whole team can achieve much better results with far less effort.

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Philip Fierlinger


Philip Fierlinger is the Head of Design at Xero. Xero is an online accounting platform, which was awarded one of the Top 10 Application User Interfaces of 2008 by NielsenNorman Group. Philip established the agile design methodology used at Xero, which is centered on rapid prototyping.

Prior to Xero, Philip worked extensively on NewZealand.com, which received several Webby Awards.

In 1994, Philip founded Turntable, a digital design firm in San Francisco that did groundbreaking websites and interactive videos for bands and record labels, plus technology companies like Apple, Sony and Palm.

He blogs at http://blog.xero.com and http://turntablemedia.com/blog/about

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Philip Fierlinger
04/19/2009 12:49pm PDT

As a companion piece, I also recommend reading this post I wrote on agile design

David Johnson
04/15/2009 6:41am PDT

Very useful—thanks!

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Philip Fierlinger
04/14/2009 3:51pm PDT
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Philip Fierlinger
04/08/2009 4:12pm PDT

Hi. Sorry the slides aren’t up on the site just yet. I’ll post it up once I get back to NZ next week.

Ata Bhatti
04/08/2009 1:45am PDT

Fantastic presentation! I definitely learned something. Can you please post your presentation so I can evangelize the same ideas back home?

Dug North
04/07/2009 12:07am PDT

One of my favorite sessions in the entire conference. Thanks!

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