Sketching in Code: the Magic of Prototyping

David Verba has written a great article about the use of prototyping in developing web applications on A List Part. Having been developing prototypes for the past 12 years, it is always great to see this topic brought to the forefront. 

In the article he talks about the fact that “Prototyping is the magic”, a fact that I recently witnessed on project. We were building a prototype of the new website. The main purpose of the site was to conduct some usability studies of the purchase process (it was a web to mobile site). Since I was able to get a nice functioning site up with some Flash components in it, the client really understood what this was all for.


Survey on Prototype—chance for a free copy of the book

Todd Zaki Warfel is looking for some input on different techniques and tools people are using, as well as issues they’ve run into with prototyping.

Here’s your opportunity to provide some input and have a chance at a free copy of the prototyping book, expected later this year. I’ve got a short, 5 page, survey — answer all the questions and you’ll be entered into a random drawing for a free copy of the book.

Quick and Easy Flash Prototypes

Alexa Andrzejewski, an interaction designer for Adaptive Path, has written a thorough step-by-step tutorial on how to create high-fidelity prototypes using Flash. Although I would say that she is actually building what I view as a medium fidelity . I tend to use the level of coding behind the prototype as an indicator of its level of fidelity. With that said it is great tutorial on taking that next step from simple slide shows, toward a richer prototype.