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Let's look at this in a more general way: Is creating drafts a good idea? Who should create the drafts? Is creating drafts a good idea? Creating drafts mainly provides 2 benefits. First, it provides focus, which leads to a speedup in the actual work being done. Second, it makes discussing the direction of the work before the work is complete so much ...


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ALWAYS! I work for a small company, and I am the only "Soft" IT person. I do all requirements, design, coding, testing (though someone always validates my testing), database design etc. NEVER CUT CORNERS ON THE DESIGN STEPS - your end users will thank you. You will thank yourself too, because you WILL end up re-working it to make the end users happy. ...


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Your collegue is absolutely correct. Internal applications generally have a predefined look. Also for such applications, users are not looking for cutting-edge UI. All they want is something that works and is reasonably easy to use. Unless you plan to radically change the UI(which I will strongly advise against....for internal apps), just follow the existing ...


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Not necessarily. There are at least two reasons why mockups might be of little use. First, if there are well-established industry practices regarding doing the things you are about to be doing, you can just go ahead and do exactly that. You won't be pushing forward the art of UI design, but that is just as well. Second, your end users often don't know what ...


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Yes, absolutely. Don't let someone else tell you how to do your job. And you are right, it's very much like doing UML for your data model. Assuming you are a developer, your job is to deliver quality software. If mockups help you do that, then that's part of your job. Do low fidelity mockups -- don't make them look like real screens. You'll waste too much ...


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Mockups are fantastic and there is no reason a dev shouldn't do them. (It can even be handy for a dev to do a rough draft of a UI layout even when you have UI designers on the project.) I highly recomend you don't make mockups that look like actual screens. If you share these with end users that often focus on things that don't matter like colors and ...


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When designing "a new screen", you want to discuss the rough idea of the UI first with a user and/or your colleagues. You cannot discuss this with a user "in code" or "in UML", that simply does not work (it won't even work between programmers). And you should expect that you need to throw away your first two or three scetches, or at least rearrange the UI ...


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I very often work in such projects, and the answer is a resounding YES, and as early as possible. People find it much easier to criticize improve some draft than to come up with a solution from scratch. So I start drafting early for two reasons: Give the matter experts an impression on how the information could be presented. Show my current understanding ...


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Perhaps learn how to use html + bootstrap. Bootstrap is a modern package to make responsive sites where the CSS and JavaScripts are almost, if not all, taken cared of for you. So no need to dig way to deep in html+css+js. What you will do after you know enough of bootstrap is to go over to these bootstrap examples then start your web designs from there. ...



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