Balsamiq stencils for Series 40 UI Design
This article is a short introduction into the Series 40 UI design stencils for the Balsamiq rapid wire-framing tool.
Basamiq Mockups is a rapid wire-framing tool which makes it very easy to draw and visualise your UI designs. The tool is more fit-for-purpose than generic drawing packages like Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, and often makes creating designs in electronic format faster than with pencil and paper.
This article delivers a complete set of Balsamiq stencils for Series 40 LCDUI, covering all current Series 40 releases, including: non-touch, touch-and-type and full-touch. These complement the generic templates available in the tool "out of the box", and make it possible to create designs tailored for Series 40.
The stencils are available as standard *.bmml file and a Symbol file, further split into files for full-touch, touch and type, and non-touch (split required because of the large number of graphical elements).
Downloads (Fast lane)All stencil sets in *.bmml and symbol format.
The idea behind Balsamiq is that you can quickly visualize and capture your ideas in electronic format, and then easily refine and evolve them. The intention is not to deliver something "pixel perfect" but to capture the "essence" of your design. The fact that they are not "perfect" is an advantage - rather than argue about the details, design can concentrate on the basic arrangement and organisational flow of your layouts.
Baslamiq’s success is partially build on people contributing to their libraries – like these stencils. Baslamiq is affordable and you can download a 7 day trial version to figure out if it is right for you. There are standalone versions, cloud and wiki solutions with reverting possibilities.
Personally, I like Balsamiq because:
- It allows teams to work on layouts and solutions – not only for mobile apps but for whatever you want to sketch.
- You are not influenced to concentrate on detail. There are only a limited number of icons and so far I have always managed to design effectively using this set. If really necessary you can import an image, e.g. a company logo.
- It is fast, really fast, especially if there are ready symbols available.
- The result is perfect for interaction design - no graphics overhead.
- You can get pdf and png as output.
- Faster results then e.g. Inkscape or Illustrator.
There are other solutions out there and you might find something you like more. That said, so far Balsamiq has ticked all the right boxes for me and I do not see a reason why to change to anything else. Please check Balsamiq.com for more information about Balsamiq software and solutions.
Oh yes, I am not endorsed in any way by Balsamiq, I am simply a fan!
Using the stencils
How to open
- Double click the *.bmml file and copy the elements you need.
- The symbol file must be placed in the “assets” folder of your project. The items load automatically to “assets” and “all” from the topmost bar.
How to operate
- After placing the asset, break the symbol apart and ungroup the asset to enable editing.
- The checkboxes are “activated” by reducing the opacity of the overlaying (square) geometric shape.
- In full touch, radio buttons are “activated” by reducing the opacity of the overlaying (square) geometric shape.
- Check boxes and radio buttons are created with square geometric shapes to get close to the surround (squircle) shape.
- The form items should be placed on the Canvas.
- The sizes are related to amount of pixels.
- The stencil sizes are very accurate when it comes to amount of pixels.
- The font size might differ by one or two points, since Balsamiq is not using Nokia Sans.
- The amount of actual amount of text for an item might vary. But in case things get tight it is anyways a good idea to rethink the layout at this point.
The minimum touch area is a reference for custom UI touch components. As the name implies, the touch area of a custom UI component should not be less than what you find from the minimum touch area.
How to get the correct size for paper prototypes
Scale the printout (png or pdf) according to the target release:
- Full touch diameter is 3″ = 76 mm
- Touch and type diameter is 2.4″ = 61 mm (there exist also phones with 2.6″, but you should test for the worst case )
This section lists all the available components - which provide complete coverage of LCDUI.
As the LCDUI components visualization and interaction changes between platforms some names will vary. But it is very likely that you will find the components just by looking them up from the topmost bar. A mouse hover over the item in Balsamiq's up-most toolbar bar will reveal the full name. The following items are available:
|LCDUI component description||Full touch name||Touch and type name||Non touch name|
|Timed Alert||Alert 0btn||Alert 0btn||Alert 0btn|
|Alert, 1 button||Alert 1btn||Alert 1btn||Alert 1btn|
|Alert, 2 buttons||Alert 2btn||Alert 2btn||Alert 2btn|
|Alert, 3 buttons, image,indeterminate progressindicator||Alert 3btn img progrbar||Alert 3btn img progrbar||Alert 3btn img progrbar|
|Standard icons for Alert||-||Alert Icons||Alert Icons|
|Base layout||-||Base layout||Base layout|
|Category Bar||Canvas CategoryBar||-||-|
|Category Bar extension, 6 items||CategoryBar extn06||-||-|
|Category bar extension, 15 items||CategoryBar extn15||-||-|
|Form - Choice Group exclusive, 2 items||Form ChcGrp excl2||-||-|
|Form - Choice Group exclusive, 3 items||Form ChcGrp excl3||-||-|
|Form - Choice Group exclusive, max items||Form ChcGrp excl4||Form ChcGrp excl4||Form ChcGrp excl6|
|Form - Choice Group multiple, 2 items||Form ChcGrp mlt2||-||-|
|Form - Choice Group multiple, 3 item||Form ChcGrp mlt3||-||-|
|Form - Choice Group multiple, max item||Form ChcGrp mlt4||Form ChcGrp mlt4||Form ChcGrp mlt6|
|Form - Choice Group popup, closed||Form ChcGrp pop-||Form ChcGrp pop-||Form ChcGrp pop-|
|Form - Choice Group popup, focus||-||-||Form ChcGrp pop focus|
|Form - Choice Group popup,2 items||Form ChcGrp pop2||-||-|
|Form - Choice Group popup,3 items||Form ChcGrp pop3||-||-|
|Form - Choice Group popup,max items||Form ChcGrp pop4||Form ChcGrp pop5||Form ChcGrp pop7|
|Form - Custom Item, paired button A||Form Cstm sgmbtnA||-||-|
|Form - Custom Item, paired button B||Form Cstm sgmbtnB||-||-|
|Form - Custom Item, 3 buttons with label||Form Cstm btnlbl3||-||-|
|Form - Custom Item, segmented button||Form Cstm sgmtbtn||-||-|
|Form - Custom Item, switch||Form Cstm switch||-||-|
|Form - Date Field, time||Form Date time-||Form Date time-||Form Date time-|
|Form - Date Field, time edit||Form Date time2||Form Date time edit||Form Date time focus|
|Form - Date Field,time am/pm edit||Form Date time3||-||-|
|Form - Date Field, date||Form Date date-||Form Date date -||Form Date date-|
|Form - Date Field, date edit||Form Date date3||Form Date date edit||-|
|Form - Date Field, date + time||Form Date datetime-||Form Date datetime-||Form Date datetime-|
|Form - Date Field, date + time, date edit||Form Date datetime date||Form Date datetime date||-|
|Form - Date Field, date + time, time edit||Form Date datetime time||Form Date datetime time||-|
|Form - Gauge, determinate progress indicator||Form Gauge progbar||Form Gauge progbar||Form Gauge progbar|
|Form - Gauge, slider||Form Gauge slider||Form Gauge slider||Form Gauge slider|
|Form - Gauge, slider edit||-||Form Gauge slider active||Form Gauge slider focus|
|Form - Gauge, indeterminate progress indicator||Form Gauge spinner||Form Gauge spinner||Form Gauge spinner|
|Form - String Item, button||Form Strg btn||Form Strg btn||Form Strg btn|
|Form - String Item, button + label||Form Strg btn label||Form Strg btn label||Form Strg btn label|
|Form - String Item, hyperlink||Form Strg hypl||Form Strg hypl||Form Strg hypl|
|Form - String Item, hyperlink + label||Form Strg hypl label||Form Strg hypl label||Form Strg hypl label|
|Form - String Item, paragraph of text||Form Strg paragraph||Form Strg paragraph||Form Strg paragraph|
|Form - Text Field||Form TextField||Form TextField||Form TextField|
|Form - Text Field edit Abc||Form TextField edit||Form TextField edit Abc||Form TextField focus|
|Form - Text Field edit 123||-||Form TextField edit 123||-|
|List - exclusive||List Exclusive icon||List Exclusive||List Exclusive|
|List - implicit||List Implicit||List Implicit||List Implicit|
|List - implicit with icon||List Implicit icon||List Implicit icon||List Implicit icon|
|List - multiple||List Multiple icon||List Multiple icon||List Multiple icon|
|Menu - Context/Longpress/Item||Menu Longpress||Menu Longpress||-|
|Menu - Options||Menu Options||Menu Options||Menu Options|
|Nokia Popup list||Popup List||-||-|
|Nokia Popup list||Popup List icon radiobtn||-||-|
|Text editor ITUT||Text Editor Java ITUT||-||-|
|Text editor QWERTY||Text Editor Java QWERTY||-||-|
|Text Box, editable||TextBox editable||TextBox editable||TextBox editable|
|Text Box, not editable||TextBox not editable||TextBox not editable||TextBox not editable|
|Touch area minimum, finger + thumb||Touch Area minimum||Touch Area minimum||-|