Virtual Seminar

Prototypes: Choosing the “Right” Fidelity for Your Research

November 2013 90 minutes

  • Start with your research questions
  • Identify the 5 main dimensions of a prototype
  • Choose the level of fidelity you need
  • Use your prototypes to divide and conquer
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If sketches are low-fidelity and coded prototypes are high-fidelity, then which one is right for you?

TRICK QUESTION! The spectrum of options isn’t quite so black-and-white. But rest assured, Carolyn Snyder is going to show you how to decide.

Carolyn knows which project variables to consider when choosing what to test in the first place, and then how to create an effective prototype that minimizes work and maximizes learning.

In this seminar, she’ll describe the 5 dimensions of prototypes and use real-world examples of how they are being tailored to the needs of the client and project.

  • Start with your research questions

    • Recognize that research questions can be vague, specific, or anywhere in between
    • Discover hidden questions in business goals, metrics, and designs discussions
  • Identify the 5 main dimensions of a prototype

    • See where breadth, depth, visual, interaction, and content exist in every prototype
    • Prioritize each dimension; they’re independent of one another
  • Choose the level of fidelity you need

    • Understand each dimension has its own fidelity spectrum; higher is not always better
    • Consider making different choices for every project
  • Use your prototypes to divide and conquer

    • Plan multi-phase usability studies around deliberately different prototypes
    • Learn from a case study: Responsive design on mobile, desktop, and tablet

Join us for this seminar if you:

  1. Have tried usability research without much success
  2. Typically design without real user testing—then have to rethink things later
  3. Really want to avoid doing unnecessary work

Ever thought prototypes seem to uncover more problems than they solve? Then you need to join us for Carolyn’s seminar.