Balsamiq Company News Fri, 18 Jun 2021 16:09:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Balsamiq Sponsorships Update for June 2021 Mon, 14 Jun 2021 18:54:22 +0000 0 Help Us Grow the Balsamiq Research Program! Thu, 10 Jun 2021 06:31:35 +0000 Hello, friends of Balsamiq!

Since we started our user research program two years ago, it’s been instrumental in helping us learn how you use our product and how you’d improve it.

We’ve also gotten much better at user research itself! We worked on our tools and processes so that we can interview more of you, and make it an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. 😊

We also offer more thank you gifts options: for every completed session you can now get product credit or custom SWAG, and we make a small donation to two non-profits that support educational opportunities for disadvantaged groups. We raised over $2,000 in just 3 months! ❤

At this point, we’re ready to scale up! That’s where you come in!

Can you spare an hour once in a while to chat with us about all-things-Balsamiq, and more? You just have to fill out a 1-minute registration survey to get started:

If you want to know more about the program before signing up, take a look at our website!
Also, could you please help us spread the word with your colleagues/social media followers? 😉

Thanks a lot! We’re looking forward to chatting with you.

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UX/UI Links of May 2021 Mon, 07 Jun 2021 21:03:44 +0000 0 UX/UI Links of April 2021 Fri, 14 May 2021 04:33:28 +0000 0 Dev Update for Q1 2021 Thu, 13 May 2021 17:05:07 +0000

It's already May, and that means the feature train has been on the tracks for five months now. We are about to make our first stop, so come see what features we are dropping off.

In this update, we talk about

  • Balsamiq Cloud on Mobile
  • QuickLook on macOS
  • And some teases for what's coming this year...

  • You can read the full update on our Release Notes Page.

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    Balsamiq Sponsorships Update for May 2021 Mon, 10 May 2021 19:09:43 +0000 0 New Learning Resources from Wireframing Academy Wed, 21 Apr 2021 15:53:34 +0000 The third pillar of Balsamiq, after the tool and the company, is teaching people about UI and UX. We’ve been so invested in this that in 2019 we doubled the size of the team. Since then, our educational efforts got a proper name — Balsamiq Wireframing Academy — and the Education team has been working on many different initiatives.

    Today I’d like to share with you 5 pages we recently added to the website, hoping you’ll find them useful.

    If you need inspiration: UX Quotes Library

    The most recent addition is a collection of quotes about Wireframing, UX, and Design.

    The Library has more than 100 quotes right now, both from Wireframing Academy content and from third-party articles and resources. We’ll keep adding more quotes, and you also have the chance to suggest your favorite ones!

    Fun fact: the library shares the quotes with Balsamiq Wireframes — if you use the tool, you’ll read a random quote every time one of your Balsamiq projects takes a while to load 😊

    If you're looking for a career in UX: Advice for getting started

    We created a page with our favorite UX resources and links for people who want to know more about a career in User Experience Design.

    You’ll find:

    • Articles about UX education paths and online courses
    • Descriptions of different types of UX jobs and design job websites
    • Resources and templates about Portfolios
    • Links to design communities

    If you’re a visual or auditory learner: Talks and Presentations page

    Our design educators are often invited to be a guest for a podcast or give a talk about Wireframing, User Experience, and User Interface Design.

    We thought it would be nice to collect all the recordings on one page. It’s one more way for you to learn at your own pace. 😊

    If you like to learn by reading: A new home for our articles

    We ditched the chronological blog view in favor of a more curated view of our articles. We grouped them in different sections:

    • Get started with wireframes
    • Highlighted articles
    • Recent articles

    You can still retrieve the blog view using the All articles filter.

    For each article now we also show the reading time and its categories.

    If you want to learn from us live: Balsamiq Wireframing Webinars

    We’re about to launch a series of webinars curated and hosted by our educators Leon and Billy. The first webinar is on April 29 — save the date! — and it’s all about designing effective data tables.

    The new webinar page on Wireframing Academy will include information of future webinars as well as past webinar recordings.

    Last but not least: Tell us what you need!

    Our biggest goal is to meet the needs of our community. We’re always eager to discover what content we should create for you.

    If you'd like to help us learn what to create, please complete this survey. It’s quick!

    Till the next time 😊

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    Balsamiq Sponsorships Update for April 2021 Mon, 12 Apr 2021 20:25:06 +0000 0 Announcing New Mentors of Our Office Hours Program Thu, 08 Apr 2021 13:04:32 +0000 Two years ago, we launched our Office Hours program: a few of our senior staffers set aside one or two hours each month to meet online with one of you for a 1-hour advice chat.

    We give personal and career advice for free, as a way to give back to our awesome community. The only thing we ask in return from you is to join the Balsamiq research program and help us make Balsamiq better for everyone.

    I doubled my user base in 6 months by following his advice. Thank you, Balsamiq team for such an input into a random guy who you allow to book a call, I appreciate that! — Ihor

    But giving back to the community is a real treat for us as well. Working from home gets pretty lonely sometimes, so meeting our customers even for an hour is a great way to expand our networks.
    Moreover, the program turned out to be a huge help for our mentors to face the solitude of the COVID-19 quarantine.

    I was lucky enough to have a session with Peldi, CEO of Balsamiq... he was very kind in sharing his experience of growing Balsamiq and the challenges he faced along the way. He also took the time to explore what I was working on, the challenges I was having, and how he'd approach them. I'd highly recommend it — Stefan

    Meet the new Balsamiq mentors

    When we sent to you the first newsletter about the program, we didn’t know what to expect. We thought we would have received a few replies, and that we could schedule them one by one. Imagine our surprise when we received over 40 requests in the first 24 hours! 🙂

    Now we have a new system in place: Peldi built a sweet internal tool to help us schedule meetings, each mentor can manage their availability as they please, we can send reminders… so now we’re finally ready to grow the team!

    We asked for more volunteers during our last all-hands meeting, and several people stepped up:

    Alberto, who can talk to you about programming and career paths for programmers

    Marco, who loves to discuss software development on desktop and web

    Natalie, who joined to talk with you about how to build a financially healthy company and a safe work environment

    Stefano, great for chatting about various programming languages and scalable server architectures

    Of course, our current mentors are still available:

    Billy, always happy to chat about UX, product design and management and leading design teams

    Brendan, happy to brainstorm ways to make your support as human as possible

    Peldi, who can field questions about building sustainable, bootstrapped, geographically distributed software businesses

    Lei, with whom you can discuss graphic design, lettering and photography

    Leon, happy to discuss wireframing, web design, remote work and UX career paths

    Mike, who loves to discuss UX career paths

    Don’t forget to come and meet us, we’d love to hear from you.

    See you online!

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    UX/UI Links of March 2021 Mon, 05 Apr 2021 17:29:32 +0000 0