What is Prototype

A prototype is an early sample, model, or release of a product built to test a concept or process or to act as a thing to be replicated or learned from.It is a term used in a variety of contexts, including semantics, design, electronics, and software programming. A prototype is generally used to evaluate a new design to enhance precision by system analysts and users.Prototyping serves to provide specifications for a real, working system rather than a theoretical one.In some design workflow models, creating a prototype (a process sometimes called materialization) is the step between the formalization and the evaluation of an idea.

Prototype Design Process

  • Define the Problem.
  • Do Background Research.
  • Specify Requirements.
  • Brainstorm Solutions.
  • Choose the Best Solution.
  • Do Development Work.
  • Build a Prototype.
  • Test and Redesign.

Prototypes are one of the most important steps in the design process, yet still confusing for some designers and project teams.

The most basic definition of prototype is, “A simulation or sample version of a final product, which is used for testing prior to launch.” The goal of a prototype is to test products (and product ideas) before sinking lots of time and money into the final product.

Prototyping is essential for resolving usability issues before launch. It can also reveal areas that need improvement. Once a draft of your product idea is in the hands of real users, you’ll finally see how they want to use the product. You can then go back and adjust your initial guesswork.