At Rain, we’ve been using Invision increasingly to prototype our projects and communicate design proposals and decisions with our internal team as well as with clients. Invision provides a very simple and straightforward interface that speeds up the prototyping process, allowing us to “fail early, fail often”. We held a training recently to introduce Invision to the full agency staff. Feel free to check it out. It’s nothing fancy, but gives a pretty good overview of most of the features of Invision: Visions of Invision
We understand that we are designing an interaction, an experience, not just a product. Our websites and mobile apps are only as useful as a means to some end-user’s ends. Our objective in prototyping is to better understand the interaction between user and product, to understand how well our intended designs help those users achieve their purposes. By prototyping early we vet our initial ideas and can move on to better ones more quickly. Vetting happens best with feedback from the actual intended audience and using Invision makes gathering that feedback easier.
One of the best features of Invision is that it helps you progress through increasing fidelity on your designs in the same project. With Invision, we are able to get sketches up into a clickable prototype to test and experience on a computer or mobile device almost immediately. Replacing screens is simple, just drag and drop — or set up a folder on your desktop that will automatically sync updates to the images. We can use the same project from sketch to hi-fidelity design, gathering feedback and communicating ideas internally through Invision for the whole project lifecycle.
The Invision folks have been in active development and, so far, every improvement they’ve made has been, in my opinion, an improvement and not just bloat.
Invision has some limitations. In many cases, you can’t get the sense of some parts of an experience if your product has moving pieces (like sliders or animations), but for the speed of creating a clickable prototype (including many gestures/transitions for mobile), Invision is awesome.
Full disclosure: This post was unsolicited by Invision and I am not receiving any compensation for writing it. I don’t have any connection with Invision other than that Rain subscribes to the service.