I’m on a panel discussing practical prototyping at the IA Summit Sunday, April 13th. I’m fortunate to share the panel with some talented individuals including Chris Conley, Anders Ramsey, and Jed Wood.
From the Summit site:
“Prototypes are a great way to involve customers early in the design and development process. With the decreasing barrier to entry and an increasing availability of tools today, like Flash, Fireworks, iRise, Expression, and an endless supply of JS/AJAX libraries prototyping should be in every interaction designers’ toolbox. So, why isn’t prototyping as common place in software development as it is in industrial design and architecture? The failure to include prototyping is rarely due to lack of skills with the tools, but instead naiveté about the kinds of prototypes to make and how to use them productively with colleagues and users.
This panel brings together a seasoned group of practitioners to discuss various methods for prototyping with a focus on why we don’t prototype in software as much as we should and why we should be doing it more. We’ll also discuss what’s available today that makes it more accessible and easier today than it was a few years ago (e.g. JS/AJAX libraries, tools like Expression, Flash, Fireworks, iRise) and how to make better decisions about picking the right kind of prototype for the job.”
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