## Design your own FOLIO app—no need for programming
For all creatives, idea people and designers interested in FOLIO: You can now start to mockup your own interactive prototypes of apps for the FOLIO platform—and even share your prototypes with the community. No programming skills required.
I have been using the prototyping tool proto.io to create the interactive prototype for the FOLIO platform itself. Someone asked if it was possible to get access to some of my wireframes so they could start mocking up apps for the platform. I then talked to the nice guys over at Proto.io and they agreed to give us an extended trial (2 months) for anyone wanting to mockup apps for the FOLIO platform. If prototypes made with the tool are published to Proto.io Spaces, the prototypes will still be viewable after the trial expires.
##How to try it out
- Create an account using this link: https://proto.io/promo/folio/
- Copy the FOLIO starter project I’ve made (for help on this point, read Importing a project from Proto.io Spaces to your account on this page )
- You’re good to go! The FOLIO starter project contains instructions on how to use the project itself. The project is a version 1 right now, meaning it is quite elementary, but if people start using it, I can update it with more advanced elements and templates as we go along.
##Proto.io support—ask Filip
Since Proto.io has agreed to give us free access to an extended trial of their software, I agreed with them to provide support for the tool for anyone in the FOLIO community in need of support. If you need help getting started, let me know and we can set up an online meeting where I introduce you to the tool, the FOLIO starter project and the principles of designing for the FOLIO platform.
The great thing about proto.io is that it enables you to actually build a prototype that feels a lot like a real product. There are other tools that do this as well—and the same effect can be achieved in more simple tools that allow you to create hotspots and link between different pages and screens. If we all use the same platform, it’s definitely easier to maintain a library of graphical assets, but if anyone is interested in alternative formats for this—Photoshop, Sketch, Powerpoint, Google Slides, PNG images, InkScape—just let me know and I will provide you with the assets in a format that works for you
##Share your app idea with the community
If you want to, you can share your app prototype here on Discuss—use the tag App Ideas. That way, other people can find your app idea easily, and chime in with feedback and support. Maybe they will even offer their help in developing the app, in case their own institution could use the app you envision