A different way of thinking about this stage is that prototyping is to engineer as many opportunities for feedback as you can.
Feedback is the main reason anyone creates rough versions of anything. Rough and ready versions give us the chance to test and think about what works and what doesn’t. And to truly understand how bad our ideas are.
Remember that the only thing that is worse than a bad idea, is one that has been isolated from feedback for too long.
Feedback is oxygen for your ideas. It will help them to grow and get stronger, starved of it and your ideas will get weaker.
When you create a rough prototype, first draft or early sketch you are using iteration to develop your creative ideas.
Often the first prototype you can create is the moment you describe your idea to someone else.
- What if we…
- Imagine that you…
Your FVP (first verbal prototype) is the kick to then begin representing your idea in a more tangible way.
Have a look at the full blog post for some options for how you can prototype different types of ideas.