The journey to a product involves...

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Let's focus on Prototyping. A prototype is:

  • A simplified model of a proposed solution

  • Made cheaply and quickly

  • Used to test ideas

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Why Prototype?

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Ok, prototyping helps us develop the model deeper, but does it affect our budget?

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Prototyping helps reduce errors. This helps us avoid expensive mistakes late in the development process.


What is the purpose of prototyping?

Explore and Experiment

All of these

Test and Adapt

Inspire and Collaborate

Prototype Fidelity

Prototypes can be either high or low fidelity. This depends on how close to the final product they are.

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Low Fidelity Prototypes

  • These are easier to create because they are cheap and fast.

  • They have a low level of functionality.

  • These are made early in the development process.

Example: Paper Prototypes.

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What is the advantage of a high fidelity prototype?

Cannot evaluate complex variables

Provides detailed feedback

Paper based

Easy to make

High Fidelity Prototypes

  • These are more complex, and closer to the final product.

  • They incorporate a high level of functionality.

  • These help collect accurate user feedback.

Example: Digital Prototypes made in Figma, Sketch and Adobe XD and Axure.

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Avi is designing an app. Which of these is a high fidelity prototype he could make?

An interactive Figma mockup

Design mockups of the logo

A workback schedule

A spreadsheet that shows the sitemap

Next Steps

  • Identify some prototype samples you have created throughout your life.

  • Incorporate what you have learnt so far in the upcoming prototype you may create.

  • Share what you have learnt in this byte with others!



What's a prototype you have created? Was it low or high fidelity?

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