Welcome to the Wonderful World of Balsamiq!

white guy blinking about balsamiq
Just kidding…there will be minimal Balsamiq talk.

We have officially reached the halfway mark in the semester. With 7 weeks of information under our belts, we have finally moved into the first stages of the Digital Hub 2.0. Let’s do a quick review of what we covered in class before we become incoherent with stress in the upcoming weeks.

What is Balsamiq?

Balsamiq, not to be confused for the delicious salad dressing, is a plug-in that you can download to your computer that allows you to create a mockup of a website you are wanting to create. Im going to be completely honest, this sounds extremely hard and very time consuming, but hopefully once we open it up and start messing with it it will get a little easier…hopefully.

Here’s that wonderful, informative video from Balsamiq explaining exactly what they do again in case you didn’t hear everything the first time.

To Fiverr or Not to Fiverr…

Let’s be real, picking a logo designer from Fiverr is not easy. There are about ten billion designers who all seem like they can do the exact same thing. How do you know if you’re getting the right one? And what exactly is a complex design? Hopefully everyone finds a designer that will meet their needs and can get their logo completed with minimal revisions. May the best logo win.

What’s Next?

So, after finalizing the visual aspects of our companies for the Digital Hub 2.0, we will now begin the dark decent into the technical, analytical, and business part of the project. I have really high hopes for this class in terms of creativity and I cant wait to start seeing our groups piece together their brands.  Check back with me in a few weeks when the project really kicks up to see if my outlook has changed. I have heard pretty brutal things about this project. But I’m excited, nevertheless.

 

Question time:

1. Are you nervous about having to use Balsamiq? Why or why not?

2. What are you looking forward to the most in the Digital Hub 2.0?

3. Was it difficult for you and your group to pick a Fiverr designer? Why or why not?

4. If you could only eat the beer and brat chips, the orange crush PopTarts, or dirt for the rest of your life, which would you choose? (I would choose the dirt)

P.S. This is a disgrace. *click here to see the disgrace*

 

 

 

 

15 thoughts on “Balsamiq With a Side of Fiverr ADDWSU Week 7

  • February 27, 2017 at 12:27 am
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    1. Are you nervous about having to use Balsamiq? Why or why not?
    I am actually very exited about creating a blue print for our site. Outlines are my favorite part of projects because it makes it even less stressful when I realized I’ve procrastinated to the last minute. I also feel like it will make communication between groups a lot better with the site design over time. everyone will have an idea of what goes where and can remember without stress.

    2. What are you looking forward to the most in the Digital Hub 2.0?
    Turning it in and getting an A.

    3. Was it difficult for you and your group to pick a Fiverr designer? Why or why not?
    IT felt more tedious than difficult. my AMAZING group is the perfect amount of bad as well as boujee so our standers are high and the prices were higher :)

    4. If you could only eat the beer and brat chips, the orange crush PopTarts, or dirt for the rest of your life, which would you choose? (I would choose the dirt)
    Poptarts. ONLY because its no all bad. Thoes edges would be SNATCHED!

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  • February 27, 2017 at 11:55 pm
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    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this post… it keeps it real… oh that disgrace! But on a serious note:

    1. I am not particularly nervous about using Balsamiq, especially on this project. As a class, we’ve only seen very little of it, but what we’ve seen so far makes me feel confident that after exploring all the different things that Balsamiq can do, we’ll all have it figured out. It’s going to be interesting to see how it actually runs first-hand.

    2. I am most looking forward to all the stressing that we’re beginning to do coming to a head that final week before the Digital Hub 2.0 is due and then having it pay off when we all turn out okay in the end, pass the class, and walk away with a whole list of new certification and experiences.

    3. It was very difficult to pick a group for Fiverr designer, because so many of the deals on that site look so similar, and yet there were always some better than the others, and certain logos we liked by one artist and others we did not care for. In short, the site is so populated and the work done by the artists on that site gets a little redundant to the point where the decision becomes very complicated very quickly.

    4. Given the choice between those 3 options, I would have to say the beer and brat chips. I’m a real addict of salty snacks, and with things like chips, I can’t get enough!

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    • February 28, 2017 at 3:23 pm
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      Seriously, those PopTarts are something else… but thank you for your comments Jonah! I agree with you about Balsamiq, I am anxious to start it because I want to see how it works. I feel like once we get the hang of it it will go smoothly.

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  • February 28, 2017 at 12:30 pm
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    1. Are you nervous about having to use Balsamiq? Why or why not?
    No, honestly because I think it will be either helpful or we will find out it was a terrible idea. We don’t know if it will acceptable and easy or difficult and ridiculous.

    2. What are you looking forward to the most in the Digital Hub 2.0?
    Finishing it, if we are being honest….

    3. Was it difficult for you and your group to pick a Fiverr designer? Why or why not?
    No, because I missed that class. haha!

    4. If you could only eat the beer and brat chips, the orange crush PopTarts, or dirt for the rest of your life, which would you choose? (I would choose the dirt)
    I would have to go with orange crush poptarts for the simple reason those are the most edible out of them all

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  • March 1, 2017 at 3:10 pm
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    Balsamiq doesn’t look like it will be too terrible, so i’m not too nervous to use it. I’m actually kind of excited to learn about it because I think it can be useful in my future especially if I want a website coded, I could use Balsamiq to give the developer a good visual. This seems like it could be very useful for many other reasons too.

    In the digital hub 2.0 project, I’m looking forward to how creative my group will be. It was already fun trying to pick a name. I think the video will be exciting and getting our bios together will be fun. I’m also looking forward to actually presenting our work to the class in the end.

    It wasn’t really difficult finding a designer. We don’t want our logo design to be too much, just more simple, so it wasn’t hard finding one.

    The Orange Pop Tarts were horrifying. Dirt for the rest of my life? Naw Dawg: I’ll #Swerve on that. I’ll have to go with the Beer and Brat Chips.

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    • March 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm
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      Hi Scott! Thanks for taking the time to read my blog! I agree with you, I am excited to present our company at then end and see what everyone else came up with. I think this class will provide some really great content!

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  • March 5, 2017 at 3:00 am
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    1. Are you nervous about having to use Balsamiq? Why or why not?

    I’m a little nervous about having to use Balsamiq, just because it’s always a little nerve racking using a new platform, but overall, I think I’ll be able to get the hang of it and it’ll be an extremely handy tool to be able to use in the future. I didn’t know much about wireframing prior to what we talked about in class, but the more I look at what it is, it seems like something that’ll be extremely handy to use in the future. I’m not sure if Balsamiq would necessarily be my platform of choice, as that’ll depend on its features and ease of use, but only time will tell there.

    2. What are you looking forward to the most in the Digital Hub 2.0?

    I’m looking forward to seeing what my group comes up with and what we can come together to offer as a company. It’s always a challenge when groups are assigned vs being picked by a team leader, so I’m also excited to see how all the groups come together to form their companies. Of course, you know, eventually being able to work towards that A would also be great.

    3. Was it difficult for you and your group to pick a Fiverr designer? Why or why not?

    It wasn’t too difficult for my group to choice a Fiverr designer. We had a pretty good idea of what we wanted the logo to look like in mind, so that made it much easier to narrow them down. From there, we went with a slightly more stylized logo that kept our theme in mind while making it aesthetically pleasing as well, so I’m excited to see what we end up with.

    4. If you could only eat the beer and brat chips, the orange crush PopTarts, or dirt for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

    I think I might choose starvation, honestly. But, if I absolutely had to pick one, probably the beer and brat chips because I’m a sucker for chips as it is.

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  • March 6, 2017 at 5:36 pm
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    . Are you nervous about having to use Balsamiq? Why or why not?

    2. What are you looking forward to the most in the Digital Hub 2.0?

    3. Was it difficult for you and your group to pick a Fiverr designer? Why or why not?

    4. If you could only eat the beer and brat chips, the orange crush PopTarts, or dirt for the rest of your life, which would you choose? (I would choose the dirt

    I wouldn’t really say I’m too nervous about Balsamiq, just adding it to the to-do list that hopefully just doesn’t fall off the fridge and under the stove to be forgotten forever…but we’ll see.

    Regarding the Digital Hub 2.0 project, I am most excited to actually build a website to better understand what future employers will be looking for in experience and know-how. Working with our own website should give us a great insight what it means to effectively and efficiently work on a website and optimize it for marketing purposes.

    Ah Fiverr, we just picked the first designer with a clean and simple look…hopefully it turns out with no issues. And if it does, we’ll blame Scott.\

    And the dirt, for sure the dirt.

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    • March 7, 2017 at 11:14 am
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      Im going to be honest, when I first looked at your comment, I thought you just pasted the questions and didnt answer any of them. With that being said, I agree with you on making the website. Im excited to build one from scratch and see the completed product. And yes, blame Scott. For everything.

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  • March 6, 2017 at 10:19 pm
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    First things first, great job with the blog post. Now that’s out of the way, time to get down to the nitty gritty. I am nervous to be using Balsamiq since I don’t remember the last time I wire framed a site and that scares me oh so very much.

    I am excited to build the brand “Final Frontier Media” from the ground up. Even though it is a mock agency, I believe that it will look pretty good on a resume. It should be fun taking pictures, making a nice little video, and being the greatest mock agency in the history of…..well ever.

    It was somewhat difficult to use Fiverr. My group was able to find a designer relatively quickly, however we did experience some technical difficulties when trying to purchase the service.

    I am already a nervous mess as it is……….don’t make it worse.

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    • March 7, 2017 at 11:17 am
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      Thank you, Hasan, much appreciated. I have never even heard of wire framing until Ike said we would be using this in class, so hopefully it’s pretty straight forward.

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  • March 8, 2017 at 6:10 pm
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    Great recap of last class, Danielle!

    First off, yessssss at you using the iconic “WTF blinking” gif!

    I’m not nervous about using Balsamiq. I just hope it’s super simple like putting a star block into the star hole. It’ll be a good tool to map out our websites and see which designs we like without having to set anything into stone.

    I’m looking forward most to seeing the finalized product, presenting it, and see the other projects.

    I don’t think it was difficult for my group to find a designer. There were a lot of cool designs, but we managed to quickly find one who we all agreed on. I do wish we could get 2 logo. And yes, logo without an “s” because the was the best deal possible.

    You see, after I eating Pup-Peroni, I’ve learned to stay away from things that sound appealing, but probably aren’t. So, I’ll take starvation for 300, Alex.

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  • March 8, 2017 at 6:31 pm
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    1. Are you nervous about having to use Balsamiq? Why or why not?
    Yes, it seemed to be very complex and tricky to figure out.
    2. What are you looking forward to the most in the Digital Hub 2.0?
    Working on developing skills that will enhance my abilities and give me a solid base to work from when looking for a job.
    3. Was it difficult for you and your group to pick a Fiverr designer? Why or why not?
    Yes, finding everything we needed within the budget price was difficult. However, we found someone that gave us everything we needed for a great price after a lot of looking.
    4. If you could only eat the beer and brat chips, the orange crush PopTarts, or dirt for the rest of your life, which would you choose? (I would choose the dirt)
    I’ll take the orange crush PopTarts. They actually weren’t that bad in my opinion, but the nutrients from dirt might provide the healthiest option. This makes for a tough decision.

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  • March 8, 2017 at 9:17 pm
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    Good post Jeremy!

    I think that Balsamiq should be easy if we work together to get it done. Teamwork makes the dream work! The hard part will be deciding what our site should look like. Designing a layout that makes sense might take some time.

    I’m looking forward to creating something extra creative with my group. Specifically, I can’t wait to see the finished website.

    It wasn’t very hard to pick a designer on Fiverr, mainly because we’re not asking for too much in our design scheme.

    Guess I’m eating dirt!

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    • March 8, 2017 at 9:19 pm
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      I meant Danielle! Sorry!

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