Let's get physical

Todays lecture was mostly a recap of what we learned in methods 1 but also expanded on how to use prototyping in the design process. Clint talked about what prototypes prototype and what we learn from different approaches.

  • Situation: By prototyping you can get an understanding for the situation you design for. What are the real problems? You empathize with the audience and get insight into their use.
  • Material: If you are not an expert in the material you have to try it out to get a feel for it, and even for experienced designers the material could be used in a new way. You will also see how the design could be limited by the materials and construction.
  • Concept: By trying out the design and the concept we get an embodied experience. Without experiencing the design you only have your imagination to spot potential weaknesses and strengths, and you will often be wrong in your assumptions.

Key takeaways where to understand that prototyping is not about building nice objects, it's a part of the process to explore and experience our design.