Ruby on Rails UI Prototyping

Ruby on Rails UI Prototyping. Syndicode Rails development

Ruby on Rails UI Prototyping is one of the important steps of the UI/UX design process steps by Syndicode we described in our comprehensive UI/UX design guide.

It is a crucial part of our business to make sure that we are on the similar page and that we have the right amount of understanding regarding on your different specifications and requirements. Once you were able to get the visual look of the project, we may now begin building the frontend by using the UI Prototype. If the prototype falls short on your expectation (which rarely happens) we will be able to create another prototype immediately using Foundation or Bootsrap.

First of all, Rails are great. And here you can read why Syndicode have chosen RoR as our main framework.

Ruby on Rails UI Prototyping

Ruby on Rails UI Prototyping consists of:

  1. Ruby on Rails wireframes,
  2. Ruby on Rails mockups, and
  3. Ruby on Rails prototypes.

Before we proceed deeper into the services that we are offering, let us remind you that the terms wireframe, mockups and prototypes are commonly used interchangeably; however each of them bears a different meaning from the others.

Ruby on rails Wireframes

The Ruby on Rails Wireframes is a low representation of a site page that demonstrates the essential components of the website. They are not yet functioning interactively, and don’t indicate much information and detail, but rather make a direct outline that serves as a model for the task. When a Ruby on Rails wireframes started to become intuitive, then it can be considered a prototype. It is commonly used as a part of documenting and communicating process.

Ruby on Rails UI Prototyping

The Ruby on Rails UI prototyping is a more comprehensive and interactive model of the final layout. UI Prototyping simply implies creating a prototype of the site before you fabricate the final design of the webpage. Prototyping permits you to analyze the last item before investing energy or cash on coding. Typically the Ruby on Rails UX Prototyping is used to interactively test the webpage.

Ruby on Rails Mockups

A Ruby on Rails mockups is the static outline representation wherein the corporate personality or branding is connected through shading, visual style, and typography. Mockups are more effectively comprehended than unique wireframes while being a lot faster to build than the prototypes.

Basically, we will provide you with a complete line of services when it comes to creating a web design or application. The process will begin by creating the wireframes that will be submitted to the client for the approval. Then we will include all the necessary elements that are specified in your requirements. The next stage will be followed by Ruby on Rails UI prototyping that allows us to test the product intuitively and find for any bugs that might affect the user-experience. And finally, we will make sure that the mockups will highly reflect your company or you product and services that you are offering.

Syndicode is highly based on our Ruby on Rails UX prototyping with a lot of elements such as the content, the structure, hierarchy, functionality, behavior, and others. We may also add additional elements based on your needs such as specialized ‘Lorem Ipsum Text’ so you will have an idea of what your website will look like once you filled it with your content.

Our Ruby on Rails wireframes may come into two types, we may start presenting you the sketch copy of the wireframes and then be followed by a digital copy to give you a better insight.

Rails UI prototyping benefits

Well, to develop a complex user interface, you can apply to JS libraries and frameworks (like React or Vue), but there are some Rails UI prototyping benefits that allow you to stay ‘on rails’ without switching to other technologies.

  1. Ruby on Rails is provided with out-of-the-box frontend tools such as Bootstrap. This Ruby gem is the world’s most beloved responsive component library. Its alternatives are Simple Form or Formtastic.
  2. In RoR, there are available such things like Rails UI components (you can call them view-models as well). These are simple Ruby classes that can render templates. The perfect example of a Rails view component is Cells.
  3. In Rails apps, pages are organized in layout and view files that can be further broken down into more manageable partials. And you can easily structure them according to the following criteria:
    • Consistent of use. Each component exposes a public interface that is used to render itself in different ways, depending on the given parameters. This helps to avoid cases of misspelled CSS classes or misplaced HTML elements.
    • Ease of maintenance. Each component definition is in a distinct file, so there’s a single source of truth. This helps with maintenance since there is only one place you need to modify to update them all.
    • Abstraction from implementation details. Complex components with a heavy HTML structure and the right combination of CSS classes can be abstracted into simple function calls that hide unnecessary details.

Read more about styling and documentation in Filipe W. Lima original article.

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