So you have a good idea (you think) for an app. But how do you lay out that idea so you can communicate what you’re looking for to your designer and/or programmer?
A great way to test out the functionality of what you’re creating (and to help you refine your idea) is to actually create a simulation of your app. I use Keynote for this because I work on a mac, but powerpoint (or any other program that lets you create hyperlinks within a document) will work just as well.
I’ve created the video below to actually demonstrate the process I went through with a pretend app called polka dots for people who aren’t familiar with that I’m describing. You don’t have to make it look exactly like what you want – but it will act as a guide for the professionals who you are working with. When you’re done, you can always export this presentation to a pdf that incorporates hyperlinks and then anyone can test it out for you.
A designer would take your samples and know what visual elements they need to create, and your programmer could take your samples and understand how all those visuals interact and what functions they need to program into your app.
This will save you time in the explanation process, and you will get a more accurate quote from you programmer/designer and make it easier to point out any problems with your user interface early on.
Remember, use that sample NDA we’ve linked to and make sure your ideas are protected BEFORE you share them with others!