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4 Ways Prototyping Will Make You A Better Designer
Creative Market March 31, 2021 · 3 min read
1. Avoid Wasting TimeA prototype doesn’t have to look like a finished product, it just has to clearly express the raw concept. There’s no need to invest time and resources in creating a complex mockup when all you’re really doing is figuring out if you’re headed in the right direction. Throughout the first stages of the design process, prototypes should be quick and low-budget. In the early stages, it is very important to go from sketch to prototype as quickly as possible. An early prototype, like this one from designer Zach Robinson, will help you gather feedback. Early Early sketches
2. Find Problems EarlierSharing your product with clients or users in its raw stages can help you find and correct any problems early in the game. Having your target user evaluate usability and functionality will help point out discrepancies, or a specific need that you may have overlooked.
3. Easily Make ChangesSimple prototypes make changes an easy and natural part of the design process. It’s a lot less complicated to alter a concept than a full-on design. Plus, if you have your blood, sweat and tears invested, trashing a complex framework might be heartbreaking. Improve your workflow by going for a simple, modifiable prototype. Mike, from Creative Mints, posted this early sketch of an upcoming set of icons to ask the Dribbble community for feedback. Since they weren’t pixel perfect yet, others’ suggestions were easier to incorporate. Icon set (sketch)
4. Work More EfficientlyIf you’ve got our first three points down, then you’re winning at the efficiency game. When it comes to product design, it’s hard to beat fast, sharp and flexible — and prototyping can get you there! Ready for some prototyping action? Our friends over at InVision have released a FREE, awesomely versatile to-do app UI kit. Download it today!
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