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What is the Prototype Process for an Industrial and Digital Product?

What is Prototyping?

Prototyping is a process of making and testing prototypes to explore, validate and communicate ideas. Prototypes are used in many industries such as web design, engineering, product development, industrial products, education, and architecture. The prototype may be a scaled-down model that is tested with real users or an interactive model that allows users to test it before it is built. There are four types of prototyping: low-fidelity prototyping (paper prototypes), high-fidelity prototyping (interactive prototypes), paper-based prototyping (wireframes), and digital prototyping (computer simulations).

Why it is Important for Industrial and Digital Products

Prototyping is a process in which a design or an idea is tested by users. The goal of prototyping is to quickly create a working model of the industrial or digital product, service, or idea and test it with potential users. Prototyping is a great way to test assumptions about user experience and product design. It’s also an efficient way of validating the design before it gets implemented. Prototypes help designers to generate ideas, explore them, and get feedback from the stakeholders on what they think of the prototype.

What is the Prototyping Process

Prototyping is the process of designing and making the prototype of an object, system, or service that is to be built. The first step in prototyping is to understand the needs and goals of the user. This can be done through research, interviews, or observations. The next step is to design the prototype by drawing sketches, creating a wireframe, or using a prototyping tool. The third step is to create a low-fidelity prototype which can then be tested with users.

It’s important to understand that prototyping is not just about the final product. It’s about the whole process of building an idea, from understanding the problem to solving it with a working solution. Prototyping can be done in many ways. There are many different tools and techniques that allow you to create prototypes for different purposes, such as wireframes, storyboards, or interactive prototypes. We can mention the following steps for the prototyping of industrial or digital products:

  1. Create a prototype: First, after discovering the problem space of the potential users, the team should gather and make its generated ideas into a tangible prototype.

  2. Evaluate the prototype: After creating a prototype, the team should bring it to the table and let the group of target users work with it in a suitable time frame in order to provide constructive feedback.

  3. Refine the prototype: It is the time for the team to gather feedback and collect the most impactful ones, so it can refine the prototype to provide a better experience for the target audience.

  4. Present and evaluate the prototype: After refining the prototype, it is ready to present again, so target users can work with it and evaluate it. If they accept the experience and the behavior of the prototype, it is the time for the team to create the real product based on their evaluated prototype.

Author: Apomorphy’s Knowledge Team


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