Prototyping is a Process

Solving real-world problems with rapid prototyping!

Check out the blog which features:

  1. Paper Prototype: Lose Yourself (Smartwatch Concept)
  2. 3D Model Prototype: Quick-Access Shower (Controller Concept)
  3. 2D Object Prototype: Phone Camera Carrying Concept
  4. 3D Object Prototype: Headphone-Ready Phone Case
  5. Video Prototype: Lyft (Fund Your Next Great Adventure)
  6. Behavioral Prototype – “Wizard of Oz” Testing a Distraction-Free Pen
  7. Website Prototype: Wireframing the dub “Community”
  8. Mobile Prototype: Lose Yourself (iOS Concept)
  9. 2D Object “Paper” Prototype: A Sheet Music Player (Pick Up. Practice. Play.)

These projects were designed and executed in order to meet the following skill objectives:

  • Analyze a design and determine the most appropriate and useful prototyping technique to evaluate the design.
  • Research, locate, and use information sources for self-education in prototyping tools.
  • Plan, create, and build a prototype system on a wide variety of platforms, using appropriate toolsets.
  • Organize, run, and document a simple user test using prototypes they have constructed.
  • Evaluate the results of user tests, and analyze and report on them in a professional manner.
  • Understand the significance of the test results and use that to inform their design process.
  • Articulate the rationale for prototyping in general as a design tool, and be able to advise others on strategies and techniques.

This website was created to chronicle my prototyping process during the course, HCDE 498: Prototyping Techniques

Prototyping is the process of developing a preliminary version of a solution to a design problem in order to communicate the essence of the idea before committing to a more costly implementation. A simpler version, in lower fidelity than a final product, allows the designer to verify assumptions, gather user feedback, and evaluate the design in early stages of the process.

This course introduced students to a wide variety of prototyping techniques for different kinds of user experience design problems and platforms. The course was structured as a series of independent explorations, each on a different topic within the broad field of prototyping techniques. A short final project required that we develop and evaluate a prototype for a design project, using one or more of the techniques explored during the course.

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