Prototyping is actually one of the last steps before a product can go into production. But we are so motivated that we apply prototyping in every design phase! We do not only do this because we are excited but because we find it necessary to develop a product. We make our ideas and concepts tangible as early as possible. In practice, you often recognize and discover new insights and problems. On paper, the most innovative ideas can be devised, but in practice, you will find out whether those made-up ideas are really working.
By making functional prototypes we can validate technical principles. And with vision models, we can evaluate design. But prototyping is also of value for user surveys. All of these prototypes are often part of the end product or the exterior of a vision model. An incredible source of information!
With prototyping we can discover innovative ideas at an early stage, make problems insightful and save a lot of development costs. If a prototype is only made in the final stage of the design process, and then it is discovered that there is an error in the design, or that a chance has been missed, development costs will increase significantly. This is because as a consequence you have to go far back in the design process.
Prototyping in the final phase is often a prototype that is not really distinguishable. It is a prototype that meets the predefined requirements. With this prototype, the latest tests can be performed to remove any errors for the 0 series. This prototype can also be used to certify the final product. External inspection agencies will then test the product and measure whether they comply with the standards.
What are the advantages of prototyping in the design process?
- User tests can be performed.
- Understanding of design.
- Fast and relatively cheap validation of ideas.
- Clear means of communication for clients.
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