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3rd Monday Event

Rapid Prototyping of Conceptual UI Using Balsamiq! by Nigel King

Date: Monday, 21st January 2019
Time: 19:00 (tea & coffee available from 18:30)
Location: Novotel, Bostock Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4EP (map)
Price: Free! (non-members welcome)
Status: Went Ahead


The presentation will be of a Rapid Prototyping Tool Balsamic.

Balsamic is a UI concept development tool whose intention is to allow you to throw away bad ideas quickly, without becoming emotionally invested in an early UI concept. It has enough in the way of widgets for standard UI conventions, that it does not allow the designer to be completely 'Off reservation' but allows freedom of pallet and canvas to sketch ideas and rapidly iterate and explore corners of the design.

The presentation will show an example or two, of application concepts, that went from unhappy customer feedback to product proposition within a few hours, driving down that cost to first prototype, compressing the time to first feedback, discovering gaps and designing demo flow and demo data ahead of writing the code and without holding it up.

The presenter has found the tool to be very useful in these objectives and is willing to share his learning and discoveries.

We will also poll the audience for application ideas and begin to develop a prototype together as a group.

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About the Presenter

Nigel King ( is a lecturer in Information Technology at Nottingham Trent University.

He is also Chief Strategy Officer for SafePaaS, a Cloud provider of Governance, Risk and Compliance applications.

Nigel has worked in education technology as Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Architect for PowerSchool based out of Sacramento California. He also worked for Oracle where he was Vice President for Functional Architecture and Security for Oracle Cloud Applications.

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