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In this chapter you will learn how to create a prototyping canvas.
Creating a Prototyping Canvas
To use Excel for prototyping, you will fundamentally change the way you use Excel.
When you first open Excel, you see an empty traditional spreadsheet ready for you
to begin entering data. To create prototypes, you will transform the traditional
spreadsheet of delineated rows and columns into a blank canvas.
The metaphor of the painter's canvas is useful here because it has a great deal in
common with what you are trying to accomplish: A blank canvas is the starting
point for a creative person to visually express his or her ideas.
The parameters that you will use to format your canvas include
n Worksheet cell row height and column width set up specifically for prototyping
n Default font properties: font family, size, style, and colors
n Text alignment properties: horizontal and vertical, orientation, control (such as
wrap text)
n Background color or background image
n No visible grid
In this series of exercises you will create an Excel canvas and set the options that
make Excel a prototyping tool.
To Prepare a Canvas:
1. Open a new Excel workbook.
2. You only want to make one of the worksheets a canvas, so delete Sheet 2 and
Sheet 3 by right-clicking each tab and clicking Delete (Figure 3.1, page 40).
3. Right-click the Sheet 1 tab and choose Rename. With the name of the tab
highlighted, type Canvas .
To convert this sheet to a canvas, you will first hide the grid. The grid will still be
there, but the grid lines will be invisible.
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