Rapid prototyping is an iterative process used to visualize how a product or application will look, so you can get early feedback and validation from users, stakeholders, developers and designers.
The design, created in CAD software, pushes through to a 3D printer to inexpensively manufacture a prototype of the product at speed, enhancing the design process.
Rapid prototyping builds objects by layering raw materials. Other approaches to building a physical product use wood or cardboard. App prototypes are surprisingly effective as sticky notes – they can teach you a lot from this approach.
Often prototypes are needed for processes. But how can new processes be tested? Try conversational prototypes by setting up the situation and talking it through - you will immediately find the strengths and challenges.
A functional product frees you to hold, feel and use it to decide if it looks good and is easy to use. We build prototypes with 3D printing, and in cardboard, wood or stone.
User interfaces should not only be shiny but user friendly. And there is no better way to find out than testing it. This can start with post-its and lead in many very fast iterations to a wireframe and design. Way better than just starting with a design and implementing this without testing.
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