Annotating wireframes in Balsamiq Mockups

I was inspired by a recent post on the Balsamiq UX Blog to find a better way to capture annotations in my wireframes. The Sticky Note component takes up too much visual real estate, and I've gotten feedback that the notes are hard to read.

I dove into Russ Unger's book for some ideas, and ultimately borrowed an approach from Will Evans. The images shown here illustrate that Balsamiq's Treat As Markup feature can be applied to any component, making it easy to show/hide annotations.

Even better, Balsamiq's export features respect the Show/Hide Markup setting, allowing you to easily add or remove the annotations from the resulting PDF or PNGs.

I'd love to hear from anyone who's used a similar approach.



Persona avatar in the corner of every mockup?

Many people I work with aren't familiar with personas. For their benefit, and to keep everyone's eyes on the prize, I got the idea to put a small persona avatar in the top corner of each mockup.

I'm hoping it will be harder to design (or sign off on) a poor experience, since you'd have to "look the person in the eye." Also, I'm thinking this will be helpful for the developers, who are more likely to be confused if the project contains many different personas.

In this example, "Kelly" is a busy mom. (Please forgive the cliché.)

Has anyone tried this? Is it commonplace already? Are there any downsides? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Photo credit: Sean Dreilinger


Yes, I love their products. But what's your company about…in one slide?

Technology and Liberal Arts

A good lesson in storytelling, whether or not you give a crap about computers.


Upload to YouTube "securely" straight from your iPhone

I'm not sure when this feature was added, but I'm almost positive it hasn't always been there. The YouTube API didn't expose this setting for a while.

Either way, I'm happy now.



I could see the Microsoft Store doing well with...Xboxes maybe?

What's the plural of Xbox? Xboxen?

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