Digital prototyping, or what is it all about?
Prototyping can be the first step of an experiment in the product development process; the first opportunity to show your concept to users. Prototypes come in many different forms, but each one is created to test a basic design concept. User responses are then used to guide the next phase of development.
What is a digital product prototype?
In the projects we deliver in Boldare, a prototype, first testing (with users, stakeholders and investors) of the overall design concept. There is no engineering behind the prototype that has little or no functionality at all or actual data. In fact, a prototype is often the front, an interactive visualization, or a clickable trailer for a product – a way to test and verify the existing look and feel, and the main business concept. In other words, a prototype is how you validate your core idea and its underlying assumptions, gathering user feedback. The key is that prototyping is done quickly and with a minimum of time and resources. Prototypes are an initial “real-world” test for a product concept. However, while prototypes can take many forms (paper, video, digital, and even just asking the right group of people) in Boldare, the focus is on digital product development and when a project would benefit from prototyping, it almost always has some kind of digital presence or format. Regardless of the format you choose for your prototype, it must be easily understandable to your audience. Even if it doesn’t look like the product you are thinking of at this early stage, your prototype needs to have some element of realism.