Why Prototyping is a best practice to create High-Quality Design?
Do you develop prototypes before starting on the final design? Do you hesitate if it’s just passing trend or it can be beneficial for your business?
A BIT ABOUT PROTOTYPING
Now for those of you who might still be new to this term, a prototype displays the functionality of the product which is still under development. It is a full and a functional form of any new design. It might not have all the functionalities for the final design, but it does give the user the experience and an idea of what to expect from the final design.
You might have mock-ups and blueprints in your project , how until and unless end users test the design, you won’t know how each function works. Do you reall want to wait till the complete design is done to know whether you are going in the right direction or not? We are guessing the answer is no.
Opsway is can definitely assure you that prototyping is one of the key development points in any project and we have the reasons for it too.
BENEFITS OF PROTOTYPING
1. Rally investors
Investors aren’t sure about your idea? Nothing can convince a skeptical investor more than a prototype.
You could try to convince them with pages full of documentations, mock-ups, and promises, but let’s be honest, the real impact comes in when you show them exactly how the design will look and how you plan to design and develop the project.
2. Jot down your design priorities
When you create prototypes early on in the process, it gives you time to prioritize the design process and make more interactive decisions.
You also get to know which parts of the design would take more time and which parts would need more attention. The idea is to make the visuals in your design fulfil the user experience and not the other way around.
3. Better collaboration and communication
Talking about your ideas and actually showing it to people is a completely different experience and this is where prototypes help you.
With a prototype of your design, you can explain your ideas to clients and stakeholders in a much better way. Let’s be honest; people find documentation and presentations boring. On the other hand, if they are given a prototype to play with, they would be much more interested.
It’s also very easy for stakeholders and clients to misinterpret a design and get confused. But, a prototype helps them understand things better, and they can also quickly let the designers know what they don’t like about the prototype.
Also, you can use these prototypes for your internal team so that everyone is on the same page and they know exactly what they are working for.
These prototypes also help in building a connection between developers and designers so that both of them have the same goals, and they know how to move forward.
4. Resolution of conflicts, quickly
When you work in a team with the best of the engineers, each one of them has their own opinion about how a certain feature should be actually implemented in the design. This can lead to a difference of opinion and even, conflicts.
And it can be difficult to resolve conflicts when the opposing sides only have documentation and opinions. But, with prototypes, you can try implementing each feature differently and see which one of them fits perfectly.
5. File patents easily
Though prototypes are no longer necessary to file patents, it’s always the most convenient way to go and get a reduction of practice for your idea. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has the first to invent rule which means the patent is granted to the first person who reduces and conceives the technology.
6. Earlier user testing
According to this case study, there was a 25% decrease in post-release bugs in software, all because of prototypes.
Every phase of the software development life cycle has a specific purpose, and so does prototyping. By creating a usable prototype of your final product, you cannot just check its features and usability, but, you can also test it completely to make sure you aren’t making any big blunders. Making changes in the final cemented code is troubling and of course, time-consuming. But, by testing the prototype thoroughly, you can be sure that you aren’t making any big mistakes as you move forward.
7. Understand the problems and fix it
As you test the prototypes, you are prone to discover some problems that would have been otherwise hidden until you actually built the final product. Building prototypes will give you the time to understand the problems, and fix it, so that they don’t appear in the final product.
If you take more time in the designing phase to decide how the user will navigate, how the design will take form and how each feature will be included, you are definitely going to save more time in the development process. A prototype helps you approach a project more logically. In fact, the importance of a prototype will not become obvious until you actually make one.