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Day December 29, 2011

Sponsor: OmniGraffle (A quick start five step guide to building a site mockup)

Last week we gave a quick start guide for using OmniFocus. This is a great way to get started with a free trial.

Today we provide the same quick start for creating in OmniGraffle: a five-step introduction attempt in less than 140 words.

Let’s say you wanted to design a new Website. Here’s how you create a mockup:

  1. Start it up. Download OmniGraffle here. Choose “Blank” from the template window.
  2. Frame it. Stencils→Software→Konigi Wireframes. Designing for an iPhone? Drag out the iPhone browser. Lock object in place with ⌘+L.
  3. Build it. Check out what else the Konigi stencil offers: position placeholders, buttons, and forms on your canvas. Turn on Snap to Grid (Arrange→Grid→Snap to Grid) for quick alignment.
  4. Fine-tune it. Replace Konigi elements with real copy or graphics if ready. Add labels for the benefit of others.
  5. Share it. Email, show off to colleagues via AirPlay, and more.

And to top it all off, it can all be done on the iPad.

You can also explore a bit more about this process. Visit OmniTools for more info about OmniGraffle and and all the other products that they offer.

5by5 | The Critical Path #19: The hiring and firing of milkshakes and candy bars

In this episode I talk with Bob Moesta, a pioneer of Job To be Done research. We go over the theory and process of understanding what products are really hired to do and ask why this understanding is so hard to come by.

In a discussion rich with examples from multiple industries Bob illustrates how marketing, design and engineering are all dancing around the question of how product should be developed.

Could the universally accepted compartmentalization of corporate functions be a root cause of product failure?

via 5by5 | The Critical Path #19: The hiring and firing of milkshakes and candy bars.

You can follow up with Bob here: The Re-wired group.