Chris Bland on Life Before Balsamiq

Pencil and paper, PowerPoint, huge functional description... How do you create UI mockups? New techniques can solve existing business problems.
Leon
February 21st, 2017

Looking Back at 2016

We continue to truck along nicely, executing on our vision. 2016 was yet another record year for us, with sales almost reaching $6.6 million.
Peldi
February 9th, 2017

How Game Designers Rapidly Prototype Ideas Using Balsamiq

Read how 5 game designers use Balsamiq wireframes and other rapid prototyping techniques in their workflow to work faster and smarter.
Leon
January 30th, 2017

Welcome Stefano Gozzi and Philip Nittenberg!

Hello friends! We're excited to introduce to you the two newest members of the Balsamiq family, Stefano Gozzi and Philip Nittenberg!
Peldi
January 23rd, 2017

Finding The Human: The Customer Support Starter Pack

Customer service can be hard when you're on the receiving end of an angry call. Brendan offers some ideas for empathizing with your customers.
Brendan
January 17th, 2017

Justin Witz on Standing Out in a Rapidly Growing Industry

We met Justin Witz at the 2016 Atlassian Summit in San Jose, CA. He's a customer, fan, and entrepreneur. His enthusiasm and sincerity endeared him to Val and now we're all fans of him too! He used Balsamiq Mockups...
Leon
January 10th, 2017
Wireframing-Guide

Learning to Wireframe: a Quick Guide

Mobile App Wireframe Wireframing is becoming more commonplace in the product and design industry for a good reason: it works. Creating wireframes helps you think and communicate better about the structure of the website, software or mobile app you...
Jessica
December 22nd, 2016

UX Apprentice in multiple languages

Part of our mission at Balsamiq is to spread the knowledge of User Experience. We have been tweeting more about it (both at our @balsamiq and @uxapprentice accounts), sharing useful resources via our social channels, writing blog posts and...
Francesca
December 21st, 2016

Nathanael Coyne on Getting UX the Respect it Deserves

You may know our latest Champion, Nathanael Coyne, from his top-notch UX blog purecaffeine.com. In it, he chimes in on many of the hot topics in UX discussions today, often with well-reasoned arguments against conventional wisdom. This post on...
Leon
December 7th, 2016

Balsamiq Raffles: Free Tickets to Great UX Events

We are always exploring new ways to connect with our community and reciprocate their love and support. We give free licenses to educators and do-gooders, we open-source part of our software, we sponsor lots of events in the industry,...
Jessica
November 30th, 2016

Remote Work: What's Hard, What's Great, and How to Stay Connected

More and more companies are embracing remote working. For those who are considering it or have just made the leap, there are a lot of resources to learn from, such as the Zapier's Guide to Remote Work. Here are...
Francesca
November 22nd, 2016

Simprints - Simple Fingerprint Identification for the Developing World

Tristram Norman is CTO of Simprints, a nonprofit that has created a simple, secure fingerprint identification system for a range of projects in developing countries. Tristram calls it "a social enterprise aimed at solving the identification gap in low...
Leon
November 4th, 2016
Donorsee

Gret Glyer of DonorSee

Gret Glyer is the founder of DonorSee, an app that greatly simplifies and personalizes charitable giving. He used Balsamiq Mockups for the first draft of his app and agreed to share some of his early wireframes with us. I...
Leon
October 18th, 2016

[Release] A small bug fix release

Hi friends of Balsamiq! Have we mentioned how much we love our community lately? You all are awesome, we appreciate your feedback and bug reports so much. You're truly good citizens of the web, taking the time to report...
Peldi
October 10th, 2016

How and Why We Give Away Swag

Giving gifts is a win-win situation. You make customers happy, cultivate loyalty, and get good marketing results simply by being generous and grateful. Today we want to share our experience about how to and why we give away swag,...
Jessica
September 27th, 2016

[Release] Mockups 3.5! Improved Material Design Support, iPhone 7, macOS Sierra compatibility, and more!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Another month, another exciting release! Improved Material Design Support! We have added some controls and properties to make it easier to create designs inspired by Material Design. A new generic Smartphone control! Check it out!...
Peldi
September 21st, 2016

[Release] A Nice Little Summer Release

Hello friends of Balsamiq! We hope you've all had a great summer and are energized for a productive autumn and winter! 🙂 Some of us took some time off, but that didn't prevent us from fixing a few bugs...
Peldi
August 31st, 2016

Jane Portman Cooks Up UI Breakfast

Jane Portman is the creator and author of UI Breakfast, a practical resource full of UX design and business lessons based on her extensive experience with both. It also contains an amazing column called UI Practicum where she tackles...
Leon
August 23rd, 2016

Welcome Drew Lafferty and Lizelotte Green!

Hello, friends of Balsamiq! Our not-so-little-anymore team keeps on growing! Today I would like to introduce to you our two new team members: Drew Lafferty and Liz Green! Drew Lafferty Drew is a jack-of-all-trades Developer / DevOps, based in...
Peldi
August 8th, 2016
Edit the docs

Edit the Balsamiq Docs!

We've made it easy for anyone with a Github account to submit edits to our documentation. As we've written about before, improving our documentation has been a focus of ours for a while. We've gone from one or two...
Leon
August 2nd, 2016

Scott Gallant on Adapting to Succeed

Not long ago we received an email from Scott Gallant in response to our blog post about our new Hugo-powered documentation site. He said he was building a Content Management System (CMS) for websites running on Hugo and Jekyll,...
Leon
July 28th, 2016

Volunteer Opportunities for UX Designers or Developers

Photo Credits: Code for America We spend years developing skills and craft to further our careers. That experience becomes a valuable resource that may be put to good work in the form of volunteer time or pro-bono work for...
Mike
July 19th, 2016

Balsamiq Summer Camp: How We Planned Our 2016 Retreat

Annual retreats have become an essential part of working together at Balsamiq. From our first gathering as an entire company in 2010, we realized seeing each other face to face is an essential part of building awesome relationships in...
Natalie
July 12th, 2016

[Release] A Nice Little Bug-Fix Release

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Another month, another release! This one is pretty small, it just fixes some bugs and adds a new little feature in Mockups 3 for Confluence Cloud. Easier Export to Confluence We now made it easier...
Peldi
July 1st, 2016

Wireframes: A New Tool for Marketers and Content Writers

Let's imagine. The Marketing Department just created the ultimate inbound strategy; the plan has been handed off, and now it's the copywriter's, designer's, and developer's turn to make their individual contributions and get the best results. But, how can...
Jessica
June 27th, 2016

[Release] Balsamiq Mockups 3 for Confluence Cloud!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! A couple of months after releasing Mockups 3 for JIRA Cloud, we're happy to announce that Balsamiq Mockups 3 has come to Confluence Cloud as well! 🙂 You can find it on in Atlassian Marketplace,...
Peldi
June 9th, 2016

Kate Toon Uses Balsamiq to Transform The Copywriting Process

I recently returned from the Write the Docs 2016 conference in Portland, where people who write documentation, marketing copy, and more gather to talk about the state of all things documentation. As a designer and writer, I came back...
Leon
June 6th, 2016

Tools We Use for Social Scheduling

Hello friends of Balsamiq! This is the last installment of our 5-part mini-series of posts about how we do marketing. Here's the full list: The Balsamiq Mantras The Balsamiq Marketing Checklist Tools we Use for Brand Monitoring How We...
Francesca
June 6th, 2016

[Release] Mockups 3.4!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Today's release is bigger than our usual ones, so we're switching the version number from 3.3 to 3.4 for it. Let's see what's new and improved: (Optional) Manual Save One of the most daring features...
Peldi
May 31st, 2016
Content Discovery Sources

How We Do Content Discovery

Hello friends of Balsamiq! This is part 4 of our 5-part mini-series of blog posts about how we do marketing. Here's the full list: The Balsamiq Mantras The Balsamiq Marketing Checklist Tools we Use for Brand Monitoring How We...
Francesca
May 23rd, 2016
Brand monitoring

Tools We Use for Brand Monitoring

Hello friends of Balsamiq! We're back with more from our 5-part mini-series of blog posts about how we do marketing. Here's the full list: The Balsamiq Mantras The Balsamiq Marketing Checklist Tools We Use for Brand Monitoring How We...
Francesca
May 16th, 2016

In Case You Missed It: New Hidden Powers in Balsamiq Mockups 3

Finally getting to work on features that have been on the back-burner forever is a great way to rejuvenate developers and reward long-time customers. After a slow year of public releases in 2014 while we re-wrote our product from...
Leon
May 2nd, 2016

The Balsamiq Marketing Checklist

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Today we would like to share another one of our Handbook pages with you. This time, it's about Marketing. We've come a long way since my guerrilla marketing approaches of 2008, and our marketing style...
Peldi
April 19th, 2016

[Release] Easier Access to Alternates, More Android-y Controls and Lots of Little Bug Fixes!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! As you know, we never get tired of making our little tool better and better for you all. 🙂 Let's see what's in today's release. Easier Access to Alternates! Many of you asked for this,...
Peldi
April 15th, 2016

Danielle Tate: The "Elegant Entrepreneur"

Danielle Tate is the author of "Elegant Entrepreneur: The Female Founders Guide to Starting & Growing Your First Company", which she wrote "to lower the barriers to entry and success for female founders." In it she teaches topics relevant...
Leon
April 12th, 2016
Jessica Orellanes

Jessica Orellanes Joins Balsamiq!

Hello, friends! I am Jessica, and I've just become the 21st member of the Balsamiq team as a Community Manager. How I landed here is a mix of timing, location and -maybe- luck. My love for Italy and my...
Jessica
April 7th, 2016

Peldi's Talk About Balsamiq's Journey So Far

Balsamiq's story is a compelling one: one man creates a product, builds a company and stays fiercely independent. It sounds good, but as you can imagine it's not without pain. As we grow, many ask us how we did...
Jessica
March 25th, 2016

The Balsamiq Mantras

As we say on our company page, since starting out in 2008, we are trying to build a company we’d like to do business with ourselves. We aim to be a company that’s human, respectful, transparent, inclusive, socially and...
Peldi
March 22nd, 2016
I know web design

Staying Fresh with Good Old HTML and CSS

As the internet keeps evolving at staggering speed, new tools are released constantly, and employers are always looking for the most experienced players. Designers seem to have no choice but to struggle with what to learn next. Fortunately, our...
Jessica
March 15th, 2016

[Release] Balsamiq Mockups 3 for JIRA Cloud!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! We're happy to announce that Balsamiq Mockups 3 has come to JIRA Cloud! In March of last year we introduced version 3 to Mockups for Desktop and later to our Google Drive plugin. Well, today...
Peldi
March 14th, 2016

[Release] Another Nice Little Release

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Another month, another nice little release to make you even more awesome at wireframing! 🙂 Let's dive right in. Automatic Repositioning of Aligned Labels This little and nearly invisible feature will save you loads of...
Peldi
March 9th, 2016

Ankit Bhangar: Wireframe Specialist

We were flattered to receive an email recently from Ankit Bhangar praising our little tool. Ankit is a UI/UX specialist currently working for inoltrotech.com. He is a long-time Mockups user and has used it for over 40 projects large...
Leon
February 24th, 2016

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