Iterate, iterate, iterate

Iterative design process

Iterating on the design of a product is important in any project. Below we’ll give you the quick intro to iterative design, mention a few of the benefits of the approach and then give you ideas for how to use WytePads in iterations.

The iterative design approach

Creating design in an iterative design approach means refining the design through a number of iterations. Each iteration can consist of several activities, e.g. designing, prototyping and testing. First you create design suggestions and pick one or more to prototype. The prototypes are then used to test the design, and through tests you will gather feedback on the design. This feedback is then used for the next iteration, refining the design, improving the prototype and testing this again. This loop can be repeated as many times as necessary until the design solves whatever requirements you have set for it and the users needs are solved appropriately.

The benefits of taking an iterative approach to design are many. It encourages experimentation and trying out design alternatives early on in a project, allowing for the design team to quickly identify risks and concerns that needs iterations to end up with a suitable design. It also encourages more involvement of users to make informed decisions in early iterations. This can save time and resources in the long run as features, that are tested to be unnecessary, can be avoided, and features that are shown to be essential can be implemented instead.

WytePad iterations

WytePads can be used throughout several steps of the design process in an iterative approach.

In the very early stage WytePads can be used to sketch out design suggestions and iterating on these with feedback from design team members and the customer. These iterations are usually to find common ground and settle on a general design idea that can then later be wireframed and designed with more attention to graphical details. Iterating on a WytePad is basically as simple as wipe and redraw a new suggestion.

After the early stage sketches, a prototype can be made from these WytePad sketches as explained in our how to guide. This prototype can then be utilized in user tests. The feedback provided by these user tests will then allow for iterating on the design sketches leading to a new prototype, and so forth.

Even in later stages of a project after having implemented some features it can be necessary to iterate on design details, e.g. due to new requirements from the customer. As in the early stage, WytePads can then be used to quickly sketch out a number of alternatives to the current implementation in order to decide on a new approach within the design team or in collaboration with the customer/users.