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13. Prototyping: Breathing (Some Sort of) Life into Your Designs

Prototyping is an effective way of testing and validating proposed functionality and designs prior to investing in development. Prototyping is also a great way to experiment and ideate with your team and/or your clients, especially when it comes to dealing with page view flows or complex interactions. You can use a number of tools and approaches—from the quick-and-dirty to the interactive and robust—to create prototypes. Your method will largely be determined by three factors: First, the purpose, or intent, of your prototype. What are you trying to accomplish through prototyping? Who is the intended audience? Second, the resources (tools, materials, and skill) that you have at your ...

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