Monday 21st July, 2014
9:00am to 5:15pm
Understanding the potential business value of new products is essential in today’s world of Lean UX. Nothing uncovers answers to tough questions better than a prototype. It can measure market acceptance as well as expose usability issues, and at the same time help team members and stakeholders visualize the final solution.
The velocity of Agile and lean startup practices demand solutions born from rapid iterations. This workshop explores current prototyping tools and techniques and applies them though hands-on design-thinking activities.
Part 1, Tools – Prototyping tools and demonstration. Practical hands-on exercises using a variety of tools – Balsamiq, Pencil (open source GUI prototyping), Axure and POP (Prototyping on Paper app for Android and iPhone), and code-based tools like Ratchet.
Part 2, Activities – Sketching instruction for basic shapes like rectangles, triangles and circles. Everyone sketches ideas for an app and then turns to their neighbors to conduct a simple user test. Then they revise their sketches based on what they’ve learned. Everyone gets a chance to sketch, and everyone participates as a user.
Key points for discussion
Setting the stage for a prototype – framing the problem.
Who is the customer, and what are we trying to solve?
Real world examples of prototype iterations and final products.
An overview of prototyping tools for various media and fidelity.
Why quick sketching is important. (Attendees receive a free prototyping kit containing a No. 2 pencil, a sharpener, and blank sketch cards.)
Adaptive prototyping for all media – mobile devices, tablets and desktop.
Target audience experience level: Junior to Intermediate
Goals: Attendees will gain understanding of how to plan a execute prototypes and quickly iterate through a think-make-check process. Hands-on exercise will foster confidence and give attendees the ability to conduct thorough product explorations. Oh, and have fun while you’re at it.
Interaction Design Manager
With over 18 years of product design experience, Archie has worked with many nationally prominent US clients such as American Express, Amtrak, General Electric, Owens Corning, and Wachovia. Most recently, Archie has led UX for online product development for teams at Crutchfield.com and Snagajob.com.
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