Fluid Information Architecture



fluidIA is an emerging agile design tool for prototyping rich user interfaces. The big idea behind this experiment is whether we as interaction designers, IA’s, UX professionals and developers can create our own prototyping tool in an open way. Provided with access to an open design and open source process, this project kicks off with the following vision:

Speed & Agility – Provide support for truly rapid prototyping and changes of interface representations. Even if the document contains 100 screens with multiple states, it should be easy to make changes quickly.

Rich Interaction – Provide support for the expression of rich interactions. UI designers should be able to define state changes and transitions to create highly interative prototypes.

Collaboration – Provide support for collaboration. Design ideas should be easily sharable with others and diverse ideas should be easily merged.

Alternation – The tools designers use should afford the widening of the design space by means of creating design alternatives. Our tools should not narrow us down. Converging in a design process should be the designer’s conscious choice.


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