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How Do I Prototype Using Design Thinking Principles

Learn to use design thinking to develop and test your ideas

Prototyping Overview

What is prototyping?

  • Prototyping is essentially testing your ideas in a simple but tangible way
  • Prototyping can help you find flaws earlier in the design process, by testing assumptions you may be making about what will work
  • The process of prototyping can also help you generate new ideas as you go

Low-Fi Prototyping

  • Samples created for prototyping should be low time investment and low cost. Paper Prototyping is a great way to get started. It's pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Use basic, easily accessible material like paper to sketch out your ideas in a visual format.

Design Thinking Principles

Using design thinking principles can help you structure your prototyping process.

There are many variations on the steps to the design thinking cycle, but a common version is as follows:

  • Observe and empathize
  • Explore and create
  • Build and deliver
  • Iterate and improve
  • Repeat!

Simplified, the cycle can be represented in the diagram below: