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Any mention of Northwestern University brings to mind their world-class MBA program, beautiful campus, and...mobile app development? You heard right; Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies is launching a new professional development certificate program in mobile app development this fall. The Mobile App Developer program—the first of its kind in Chicago—is geared toward working adults with programming experience. Why should whiz kids have all the fun? The program will consist of 5 courses, covering topics like wireframing, user interface design, and programming for Android and iOS. Of course, not everyone has the time or the cash to complete this kind of program. Whether app development is your career or an unpaid passion, a tool like Lucidchart is just the ticket. Here's why you should supplement your coding education with Lucidchart: 1) It's cheap. We provide free accounts to students and discounted prices for nonprofits. If you don't fall into those categories, take heart, because our everyday pricing is extremely affordable—less than $10/month for a Professional package with unlimited functionality! As your team grows, price per user decreases.

2) It's easy! You don't need any specialized knowledge to get started. Lucidchart's interface is drag-and-drop; you can see it in action by clicking on the video below. Try it out at no cost by accessing the demo or starting a free trial.

3) You can wireframe and mock up almost anything with Lucidchart. Whether you're designing an app for Android or iOS, we've got you covered. We offer shapes for iPad, iPhone, and the 4 most common Android devices. These shapes allow users to mock up an app for both tablets and phones, and if the default shapes don’t fit your needs, you can create one with custom dimensions. The widgets and design elements for Android and iOS mockups are extensive and oh-so-varied, but it's easy to import custom images and .vss stencils if necessary. Lucidchart's collaboration capabilities allow you to create wireframes and mockups in real-time. That way, you can work with developers, designers, and clients to define project scope early on. Plus, you can add seamless "clickability" to show the step-by-step flow of your software. One of our customers, Curve Agency, uses Lucidchart to sketch out wireframes for high-profile sites. Here's what they had to say about the experience (and for the record, this is unsolicited, uncompensated feedback):

Where Lucidchart excels is being able to make quick, low-fidelity mockups and wireframes that can then be shared with clients. Being able to also link these wireframed pages together with hotspots may sound like a small feature, but they can be a huge help when it comes to explaining and selling a concept.

Our recently launched AsylumInEurope.org project was one of the first that we made with Lucidchart. By keeping the initial wireframes low fidelity, it gave us plenty of room to be flexible with the details, and once the client was happy to sign off on them we were able to carry these straight through to the design phase. Check out the screenshots below; the first one shows the wireframes created in Lucidchart, the second is the final live site:

It's time to stop procrastinating and start creating. Our online wireframe software lays the foundation for compelling, well-developed apps—all that's missing is you.