You’re a visionary.  You have an amazing idea for a mobile app right there inside your head.  And while it’s up there, everything about it sounds great.  Visions are one thing, however, reality is another.  It’s not until you get your idea down on paper that it can truly be visualized, for better or for worse. That’s where mobile app storyboarding comes in.

Storyboarding is probably most commonly associated with films.  In that industry it’s an illustration or image put into a specific sequences so that the movie can be pre-visualized.  The same purpose is applied when using storyboards during mobile app development.

After I script the movie, I have to storyboard it out, I have to budget it, and I have to understand if I can afford all those visual effects or not.
– David Twohy (Director – Pitch Black, A Perfect Getaway)

Just like in film, a well-reasoned, fact-based budget is paramount when it comes to building an app.  As David Twohy said, storyboarding is an extremely useful tool for identifying development goals and an early indicator of budget.  This is especially true when it comes to developers clearly showing a Product Owner progress.  This allows for instant feedback and immediate implementations of changes and lets you know if you can afford your lofty goals.

At Rootstrap, this process is often referred to as wireframing.  We’re showing you the barebones design and layout of your mobile app before we get too far along into development.  Here we can edit visually while still being in the infancy stage of your app’s lifecycle.  You’ll have a clear picture of what your app is going to look like without the time-consuming process of writing code.

Storyboarding has become an essential part of the app development process.  It’s where you first encounter questions about your UX and UI and will be able to try new ideas without restraints.  Here you are free to explore new solutions that might change your initial vision but will always change it for the better.

Of course, this is just the first step of many in bringing your mobile app to life, but it’s a crucial first step.

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CEO and Co-founder of Neon Roots Ben Lee is the co-founder and CEO of Neon Roots, a digital development agency with a mission to destroy the development model and rebuild it from the ground up. After a brief correspondence with Fidel Castro at age nine, Ben decided to start doing things his own way, going from busboy to club manager at a world-class nightclub before he turned 18. Since then, Ben has founded or taken a leading role in 5 businesses in everything from software development to food and entertainment.