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Product Design by Paul Rodgers, Alex Milton

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Prototyping

In product design, the word “prototype” is commonly used as a noun, a verb, and an adjective. For example, product designers produce prototypes of their concept ideas; engineers prototype full-scale mock-ups; software engineers write prototype programs. A prototype can be classed along two dimensions. The first dimension is the degree to which a prototype is physical as opposed to analytical. Physical prototypes are a tangible approximation of the intended product, whereas analytical prototypes generally represent the product in an abstract mathematical format. The second dimension is the degree to which a prototype is focused as opposed to comprehensive. A focused prototype tends to concentrate on only one to a few of the product’s ...

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