How to Design Better and Faster with Rapid Prototyping?
In the modern era, rapid prototyping is among the most popular forms of development. Its focus is on creating low to mid-level prototypes and taking feedback from stakeholders to improve the design later. It focuses heavily on reiteration, allowing great room for improvement in the project until the final launch. Here’s how rapid prototyping can help you do things quicker and better:
Start Broad and Narrow Down
One of the biggest advantages of rapid prototyping is that, unlike a waterfall model, you don’t call it quits right after one stage is done. A certain aspect can be gone over several times. Because of this, it’s usually recommended that detailed features be pushed for development later down the line.
It allows the development team to prepare the main structure of the project first and ensure that it’s validated before they can go on to work on sensitive or intricate components.
Reuse Whatever You Can
The beauty of modern software development is that there are countless premade assets, programs and packages available online that you can use for your own projects. Don’t feel the need to create a completely new set of icons? Just use an old set of icons. You no longer have to write the code for common algorithms such as a searching application from scratch.
It not only helps save time and cost in the development procedure, but during testing as well, once you’re verified that a premade element is working as intended independently.
Going with The Right Fidelity Level
There are three different levels of design fidelity: low, medium, and high. As the level progressively increases, it goes from a basic paper-based sketch, to a rather barren design, followed by a close-to-complete design for the final product.
There are no rules regarding the kind of fidelity one should stick to, but it’s recommended to stick with lower levels of fidelity and then move on to the final design. Unless the client specifically requests for a high-fidelity design, stick to medium and low fidelity designs for validation.
Stick to Good Enough
The reality is that the prototype is not the final product, therefore there’s no reason to go all-out on it. The goal isn’t to create a perfect design, but an easy to understand version that all stakeholders can comprehend and approve.
Even if you’re going for a high-fidelity design, there’s no need to ensure that everything is entirely perfect in the design. Take notes from the work you’ve done and implement improvements in the final project.
At D Laer, we focus on rapid prototyping for customers to help present designs for swift validation and verification. We’re a global design and innovation consulting firm, offering design audits, product management, and business optimization. We work with different kinds of businesses on their projects, including healthcare among others.
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