The Right Type of Prototype

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How do you know what to prototype? What details are important to get right? What level of interactivity is necessary to get valid feedback? Prototypes are very effective tools for playing out ideas, testing concepts and getting feedback. But they are often left out of the design and development cycles due to their disposable nature. It can be tough to justify the effort to make something for the purpose of experiment. Finding the right prototype medium and minimum level of detail required is essential. Without it, how will you get the stakeholder buy-in and funding? Learn how to match your prototype fidelity to the information you need to gather. Understand the range of prototype techniques and match them to your situation. Get maximum value and minimize your project risk.

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  • Gail Swanson Associate Creative Director | XD @sapientNitro
  • RISK Sometimes you cant tell until you build it. @practicallyUX | #prototypecamp
  • Prototype Techniques Gail Swanson@practicallyUX | #prototypecamp
  • Picking a prototype approach Purpose Context of Use Timing Tools & Team @practicallyUX | #prototypecamp
  • What can I do with a prototype? Explore Ideas Collaborate Test an Idea Optimize a solution Proof of Concept Communicate @practicallyUX | #prototypecamp
  • Whats my context? In Person Distributed team Remote Testing Unmoderated Web Conference @practicallyUX | #prototypecamp
  • When will it be used? Early concept Mid Project Final Validation When resources are available @practicallyUX | #prototypecamp
  • Tools & Team Mad skillz yo Software License Multiple Contributors @practicallyUX | #prototypecamp
  • Scenarios How much do you really need to reveal? Can you fake it? @practicallyUX | #prototypecamp
  • Prototype Techniques Gail Swanson@practicallyUX | #prototypecamp
  • Prototypes translate the abstract world of words and ideas into concrete form. What is your riskiest assumption, hypothesis or unknown? @practicallyUX | #prototypecamp
  • Photo Credits Utah Deafblind Project, ookGP2.html @practicallyUX | #prototypecamp
  • Thank you. Gail Swanson Twitter: @practicallyux blog: