Bank App Part II: Mock Ups and Lesson’s Learned


Since my last posting, I have taken my concept map created a mock-up of my new map. The designing, and creating process has been very fun. It was also very easy to get lost in the details of the visuals. Here are the results.

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When I set out on planning how to execute I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and jump right into an app to start my mock-up. Creating digitally is so gratifying especially with smart and beautiful software such as Sketch and Invision, and have your ideas take form so cleanly and quickly. The learning curve was extremely small as well. But if I had the chance to do this again, I would execute the planning MUCH differently.  This is what I’ve learned.

On the topic of planning. 

1. For the speed, cohesiveness, and complete ideas start with pen and paper!  When working with software, it is very easy to go down rabbit holes and spend hours fussing over details. I lost so much time tweaking, and am left with a less thoughtfully laid outflow.  While software makes it easy to tweak the details, pen an paper is easier for tweaking ideas and concepts. Additionally, the drawings would function as a checklist of what to do next, and give direction every time you walk away from the project and come back to it.

2. Ask for feedback early. Because I did not have a complete sketch, I didn’t start getting feedback until I finished a few mockups digitally. 

3. Stop fussing about the details. That can come later.

4. Don’t use your first time doing a project as a time to learn tools.