What is prototyping?
The basic definition of a prototype says, A simulation or sample version of a final product, which is used for testing before launch.”
In our design language, a prototype is a high-fidelity, interactive representation of the final product. It can also be termed as the mixture of sketches, wireframes, etc. anything which simulates user interaction.
Prototyping is the process of connecting your entire navigation flow together, from the landing page to connect buttons to their respective functionality. In simple words, it Binds also ideas, functionalities in a single unit to create a version almost near to the final product.
There are plenty of mechanisms for the various aspects of prototype design. It can be created using paper as well as (termed as paper prototyping) And, we have tools like Sketch, inVision, Origami Studio, Etc. to create functionally developed high fidelity prototypes.
Different between a wireframe and prototype
A wireframe is a graphical representation of the structure, content, etc. of the product. Whereas A prototype is created to simulator actual user interaction, by creating clickable interfaces.
A wireframe is created in mind to validate the ideas and serves as the skeleton of your product whereas A prototype is generally created before the release of the final product. It is used in user testing without actually developing the backend, but a fully functional replica of the final product.
We use placeholder connect and images for creating a wireframe. Whereas actually, chosen typography, color scheme, images, etc. are used for creating a prototype.
A wireframe is a static model of picturing your design. Whereas A prototype is dynamic and can easily be shared among the target audience to validate the design.
Both techniques help in usability testing for your design. If you connect a series of wireframes with color schemes and various aesthetic design aspects boom, you have your prototype ready.
Benefits of prototyping
With added animations, advanced interaction, it gets easier to validate the complete functionality of the product.
It is an in-testing UX solution and can easily be shared for testing with the customer or stakeholders after the product.
No special coding skills are required to create high-fidelity prototypes; most of the tools offer drag and drop user interfaces to build them.
Any major design flaw can be Caught easily and can be fixed before the actual release of the product.
A well-developed prototype makes life easier for a UI Designer as well. It is easy for them to identify if a particular color and contrast go hand in hand. Identifying the placement of other UI elements get easier as well.
What is rapid prototyping?
Rapid prototyping is yet another way to achieve interactive design as our approach.
The major idea is to create mockups or prototypes at a much easier stage in the design, to receive constant feedback and improve as we move ahead in the design cycle.
Create, share, and revise are the main Mantras of rapid prototyping. It helps in simulating the future state of a design. it’s a quick and cost-effective approach.
It’s a water droplet in the vast ocean of design thinking. It shows how you think and walks through a problem.
It’s time to turn the page and learn about testing the usability of your design. Let’s see how effective the methods and techniques we have learned so far.