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Low Fidelity Prototyping

What is Low Fidelity Prototyping?

Low-fidelity prototyping is a method of creating rough, simplified, and low-detail prototypes that focus on capturing and testing key design concepts and functionality. These prototypes are typically quick and inexpensive to produce, serving as early-stage representations of a product or interface.

Why is Low Fidelity Prototyping important?

Low-fidelity prototyping is particularly useful in the early stages of the design process, where speed, exploration, and feedback gathering are critical. It allows designers to rapidly iterate on ideas, validate assumptions, and uncover usability issues before committing to more complex and costly design decisions.

By embracing low-fidelity prototyping, designers can quickly test and refine their design concepts, gather valuable insights, and make informed decisions that enhance the usability and effectiveness of the final product or interface.

How to use Low Fidelity Prototyping?

Key characteristics of low-fidelity prototyping include:

Basic Visuals: Low-fidelity prototypes use simple, hand-drawn sketches, wireframes, or basic shapes to represent interface elements and layout. They prioritize conveying functionality over visual details.

Limited Interactivity: Interactions in low-fidelity prototypes are often simulated manually or with basic tools like paper, sticky notes, or clickable prototypes created with prototyping software. The focus is on testing and validating the core user flows and interactions.

Rapid Iteration: Due to their low complexity, low-fidelity prototypes can be quickly created, modified, and iterated upon. They allow designers to gather feedback, make improvements, and explore different design directions efficiently.

User Focus: Low-fidelity prototyping encourages early involvement of users and stakeholders in the design process. These prototypes are used to elicit feedback, test assumptions, and validate design decisions.

Cost-Effective: Low-fidelity prototypes are inexpensive to create and modify, requiring minimal resources and time. This makes them a cost-effective method for exploring and refining design concepts before investing in more detailed and high-fidelity prototypes.

Communication and Collaboration: Low-fidelity prototypes serve as effective communication tools, facilitating discussions and collaborations among designers, developers, and stakeholders. They help align expectations and provide a tangible representation of design ideas.

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About Akendi

Akendi is a human experience design firm, leveraging equal parts experience research and creative design excellence. We provide strategic insights and analysis about customer and user behaviour and combine this knowledge with inspired design. The results enable organizations to improve effectiveness, engage users and provide remarkable customer experiences to their audiences.