When creating prototypes and experimenting with your WytePads, it’s important to remember that the purpose is not to display your talents as a drawing artist - it’s about quickly brainstorming, communicating and testing your ideas.
Visual brainstorm and communication
First step of the design process in which to include WytePads is in the early idea and design development phase.
Utilize WytePad to think with your hands by sketching out ideas visually. Have a bunch of WytePads lined up to sketch out design alternatives to illustrate concept ideas or graphic design suggestions.
Visually brainstorming on WytePads allows you to easily collaborate and communicate ideas within the design team, quickly reaching a shared visual understanding of new concepts. It is also helpful to make proposals clear to a customer / project leader / user, and are much less likely to be misunderstood compared to purely textual descriptions of ideas.
What is low fidelity prototyping?
A low fidelity prototype is a prototype that is sketchy and has some characteristics of the target product or concept. It is simple to produce and enables you to quickly test concepts and design alternatives. In contrast a high fidelity prototype will have some parts of the product implemented and be functional to some degree, but therefore also be much more resource demanding to create.
There are many reasons to why prototyping and low fidelity prototypes can be advantageous to a product development project. Low fidelity prototypes often require few resources to make, and therefore allows for catching issues early in the process before wasting resources on solutions that customers and/or users would not like anyway. In the process of creating the prototype you, as the designer, is also forced to think the interface through, asking yourself the steps the user must take to perform the actions and sketching these.
With WytePads, low fidelity prototypes are easily made by creating several interface sketches and then using tools to make the prototype come together and become interactive. See our guide on how to use Marvel to quickly make an interactive prototype.
With a low fidelity prototype in hand user involvement becomes much more straightforward as the current design and concept is apparent to the users through the prototype. Read more about different ways of utilizing WytePad sketches for user involvement here.
Should you wish to learn more about the subject, Smashing Magazine has an extensive article with more discussions on low fidelity prototyping and the general principles.