Paper prototyping

Folks in some movie figuring out where to place furniture with the help of newspapers

I would argue that paper prototyping for interface design has a very limited use. Modern digital tools for prototyping, if used right, can get you to the desired result faster and welcome frequent iteration.

Changing something on a hand-drawn paper prototype (especially the ‘interactive’ kind) would mean redrawing the whole thing more or less. And as soon as designer’s tools start limiting them, I see a problem.

Sometimes digital can be best for quick and dirty.

More important though is being ready to iterate a lot when you’re at the start of the project and be ready to kill your darlings.


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