Oleg,You're not alone. More and more, we IxDs are dealing with situations
like the one you describe.
You're asking about two things:
1. How do make the document understandable given the complexity of the
2. How to manage the document given the complexity
We've found it most effective to document each "panel" (we call them
components) separately. One page of your document can show different
We put each panel and each wireframe in separate files. This way we can
"place" one inside the other. When one file is updated, it is reflected in
all the other files in which it's been placed. This technique makes the
documentation much easier to manage because a certain amount of that
management is automated.
Now the tools that do this successfully are limited. We use Adobe InDesign
CS3, which does file-placing beautifully. OmniGraffle's support is limited.
Visio's support is promising, but I haven't used the tool in a while, so I
can't speak to it.
Note that with this file-placing technique, it becomes much easier to create
separate documents for separate audiences, because you need create the
wireframe (or panel or component) only once and place it into two different
> I'm looking for the current best practices of managing complexity of
> What do you do in the following situations?
> 1. A page includes multiple panels, each of them is quite complex, with
> details and notes. How to show all child panels and their notes without
> cluttering the parent page's wireframe?
> 2. A page includes an interactive panel, i.e. one that has multiple states.
> The size of the interactive panel can be small (i.e. a creeping line) or
> large (i.e. a tab page). How to show all panel states best?
> 3. A page includes a panel that is reused on different pages (i.e. as
> info block), or multiple times on the same page (e.g. item in a list). How
> to show the reused panels best, avoiding copying/out-of-sync problems?
> 4. Different notes and different level of detail should be shown to
> different audiences. How to create different versions of the same wireframe
> best? Also what to do if there is not enough room in the sidebar for all
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