“If you are truly innovating, there's no prototype that you can refer to.” - Jonathan Ive
MORE THAN ANY OTHER
STAGE IN THE DESIGN PROCESS
In my recent book Brief guide to prototyping for UX I look into the benefits of prototyping, manual vs digital prototyping tools, fidelity, rapid prototyping, the user testing process etc.
Prototype is a first, or pilot version of a design from which other forms are developed. It is a working model of a finished product built to test a creative idea, and crucially, a process that can be learned from.
NO SERIOUS PRODUCT CAN
GO INTO FULL PRODUCTION
BEFORE IT IS PROTOTYPED
User Experience and prototyping are inseparably linked. UX focusses on the overall experience of a person using a product, such as a website or apps. It’s about how easy, or pleasing it is to use a product.
Prototyping is about finding out as early as possible in the design process if the tested product triggers positive emotions.