Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
In this chapter you will learn how to
n Communicate your design, including design specifications
n Add a ScreenTip (tooltip) to a content hyperlink
n Insert comments
n Add annotation areas
Introduction
If a picture can represent a thousand words, a prototype can elicit a thousand and
one interpretations. Now that you have created a prototype of your design, you'll
want to narrow the number of interpretations. To that end, you can add
accompanying communications to your prototype. Prototypes rarely speak for themselves,
and even when they do, they generally never tell the complete design story.
Without good communications, other stakeholders can neither understand your design
intent nor understand its context. Good communication should indicate what still
needs to be further fleshed out or documented in your prototype.
After completing a prototype version but before you pass it on to others, establish
clear, logical design communications based on
n Design objectives and rationale
n Requirements on which you based your design and applied to your prototype
n Design guidelines and specifications
n Task and navigation flow mappings
n Priority screens
n Design decisions and issues in the form of annotations
These communications help you reflect which objectives you have or have not addressed
in your prototype. They can also be used to set audience expectations regarding your
prototype. Creating clear communications and setting expectations, in turn, will help to avoid
many of the inevitable opinion battles that often arise when presenting and rationalizing
your design. Likewise, documenting your design rationale helps you remember why you
made certain design decisions and helps you communicate that rationale to others.
 
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