Prototype

You have an idea, now it’s time to make it real!

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THINK BY MAKING

In the prototype stage, you create a model of your idea.

The goal is to make a model of your idea that your client (or someone like them) “can” experience. This way you can test it out and get feedback to see how well the solution works – or doesn’t!

STORYBOARD

A good place to start in prototyping is to sketch a storyboard.

To create a storyboard, do a quick sketch of your idea that includes your client finding and using it. Stick figures are totally fine!

The goal is to make a sketch of your idea and your client journey. Have fun and feel free to use paper and pencil or one of the two virtual storyboarding platforms below. Don’t forget to take a photo or a screenshot after you are done!

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Storyboard THAT

There are hundreds of ways to do it!

Now that you’ve made a storyboard, it’s time to build your prototype!

Student showing cardboard prototype
If designing an object, cut up a cardboard box like Ryan did to make a model of your product.
Student presenting prototype screens
Draw the scenes of an app like Tia did for her community support network idea.
If it’s a live service or campaign, consider creating a script for a role play like Jaime and Ahmed.

BUILD YOUR MODEL

To create a model, you will build, sketch or role play.

The goal is to make a model of your idea that your client (or someone like them) can experience so you can test to see how well the solution works – or doesn’t! Get crafty with paper, cardboard, or any materials you can find. You decide what to make as long as it gets the idea across so you can test it.

Consider:

  • Don’t overthink it. Be confident.
  • Quick and messy designs are fine. You don’t have to be an artist.
  • Be resourceful and use whatever you have around you whether that’s recycled boxes, bottles and containers, or the simple supplies you have in your home already.

Got materials? Then it’s time to make your prototype!

Here’s where you are on your journey….

Next Up: Test

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