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Prototyping

A Practitioner’s Guide

Prototyping

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book

  • Who Should Read This Book?
  • What's in This Book?
  • What Comes with This Book?

Frequently Asked Questions

Foreword

Introduction

CHAPTER 1: The Value of Prototyping

  • Prototyping Is Generative
  • Prototyping--The Power of Show, Tell, and Experience
  • Prototyping Reduces Misinterpretation
  • Prototyping Saves Time, E!ort, and Money
  • Prototyping Reduces Waste
  • Prototyping Provides Real-World Value
  • Summary

CHAPTER 2: The Prototyping Process

  • The Absence of Design Studio
  • What Does the Prototyping Process Look Like?
  • Summary

CHAPTER 3: Five Types of Prototypes

  • Type 1: Shared Communication
  • Type 2: Working Through a Design
  • Type 3: Selling Your Idea Internally
  • Type 4: Usability Testing
  • Type 5: Gauging Technical Feasibility and Value
  • Summary

CHAPTER 4: Eight Guiding Principles

  • Principle 1: Understand Your Audience and Intent
  • Principle 2: Plan a Little--Prototype the Rest
  • Principle 3: Set Expectations
  • Principle 4: You Can Sketch
  • Principle 5: It's a Prototype--Not the Mona Lisa
  • Principle 6: If You Can't Make It, Fake It
  • Principle 7: Prototype Only What You Need
  • Principle 8: Reduce Risk--Prototype Early and Often
  • Summary

CHAPTER 5: Picking the Right Tool

  • Influencers
  • What Tools Are People Using?
  • What Kinds of Prototypes Are They Making?
  • Summary

CHAPTER 6: Paper and Other Analog Methods

  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Essential Paper Prototyping Kit
  • Progressive Paper Prototyping
  • Summary

CHAPTER 7: PowerPoint and Keynote

  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Creating Narrative Prototypes with PowerPoint
  • Creating Interactive Prototypes with PowerPoint
  • AJAX E!ects in PowerPoint
  • Summary

CHAPTER 8: Visio

  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Prototyping with Visio
  • Additional Resources
  • Summary

CHAPTER 9: Fireworks

  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Prototyping an iPhone Application with Fireworks
  • Additional Resources
  • Summary

CHAPTER 10: Axure RP Pro

  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Building a Video Web Site Prototype with Axure RP
  • Additional Resources
  • Summary

CHAPTER 11: HTML

  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Prototyping with HTML
  • Creating an HTML Prototype
  • Additional Resources
  • Summary

CHAPTER 12: Testing Your Prototype

  • Common Mistakes
  • Preparing for a Usability Test
  • Design Test Scenarios
  • Test Your Prototype
  • Record Observations and Feedback
  • Analyze and Determine Next Steps
  • A Final Word
  • Summary

Index

Acknowledgments

About the Author