5 tools to help you design amazing SharePoint interfaces

Here at BrightStarr, we have come to rely on a number of really useful SharePoint tools. So we thought we would share some of them with you.

5 tools to help you design amazing SharePoint interfaces

SharePoint 2013 has a brand new graphical interface inspired by the Windows 8 ‘Modern UI’ look. That doesn’t stop clients occasionally asking for tweaks and improvements and these can be particularly important when trying to develop systems that match existing corporate brand guidelines.

Apart from the great SharePoint branding & design team here at BrightStarr, we have also come to rely on a number of really useful tools. So we thought we would share some of them with you. Let us know if you find any of these useful:

1. Adobe Photoshop

It is an obvious choice, but that is because it has consistently been the tool of choice for design professionals for longer than we can remember. Few designers would consider leaving home without it and we concur. Essential.

2. Patternry

Many interface designers make the mistake of reinventing the wheel. We use Patternry to check out great existing UI patterns. Users won't thank you for recreating an interface element that has already been done before (and possibly better). Sites like this help you focus on the problems that need solving.

3. JavaScript kit

A little JavaScript can turn a good interface into a great one. Libraries like this are essential when you need that vital snippet of code to finish your project.

4. Balsamiq

A wireframe is often as important as a graphic design. Balsamiq is one tool in what is now a very crowded market, but it has a loyal user base for a very good reason – it is a simple lightweight tool that just works.

5. CrossBrowserTesting

It is no good creating the perfect web interface if it only works on one browser on a single operating system. There are several sites in this category, but the ability to test layout, design, AJAX, and JavaScript make this one really useful.

If you want more hands on help with your SharePoint Branding and Design get in touch as we have the specialist experience to help you bring your brand to life on SharePoint.

Will Saville Co-Founder

A serial entrepreneur since his early twenties, Will co-founded BrightStarr in 2006 with Rich. Will was previously a professional chef which allowed him to express his visual creativity and aesthetics. Rich, on the other hand, was a physicist with an incredible curiosity to discover how things worked and how to make them even better. After working together at a previous company, they soon discovered that when they brought their talents together, they were able to generate remarkably engaging and disruptive solutions.

During the next 5 years, Will helped grow the company to become a globally recognized brand in the SharePoint market. Will thrives on creating exceptional user experiences that are unrivalled across the SharePoint industry and is obsessed pushing the limits of technology and innovating. Will is still heavily involved with the business 10 years since launch and spends most of his time working on the Unily products, ensuring they’re the most innovative, usable and consumed SharePoint products out there.

In 2009 Will was recognized for his achievements and selected as one of the UK’s top 30 Young Entrepreneurs winning the coveted Young Guns award.

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