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Principles for Prototyping

These design principles for creating prototypes was created by Todd Zaki Warfel. They can be found in the excellent book Prototyping - A Practitioner's Guide published by Rosenfeld Media. I strongly encourage you to read it.

Source: Prototyping - A Practitioner’s Guide

The principles

  1. Understand the audience and intent
  2. Plan a little—prototype the rest
  3. Set expectations
  4. You can sketch
  5. It's a prototype—not the Mona Lisa
  6. If you can't make it, fake it
  7. Prototype only what you need
  8. Reduce risk—prototype early and often

  1. Understand the audience and intent

  2. Plan a little—prototype the rest

  3. Set expectations

  4. You can sketch

  5. It's a prototype—not the Mona Lisa

  6. If you can't make it, fake it

  7. Prototype only what you need

  8. Reduce risk—prototype early and often