This week’s readings were about how to go about developing programs and how it’s important to make sure that functionality follows design.
“Prototyping for Tiny Fingers” discussed the benefits of using lo-fi paper prototypes to demonstrate the interface of a program over using a hi-fi prototype. Essentially, lo-fi prototypes are more practical because they take much less time to create and force the tester to think about the actual content of the program. In addition, it’s easier to make changes to lo-fi prototypes than it is to go in and change the coding of a hi-fi prototype.
I already create lo-fi or super basic prototypes for whatever project I’m working on. I’m not really talking about making prototypes for programs so much as I am talking about sketching out designs for scrapbook pages or other projects, but it’s basically the same thing.
According to the reading, “to get a good idea, get lots of ideas”—something that is more easily accomplished when you have a rough sketch instead of a partially laid out page. As someone who uses a lot of page elements in her scrapbook pages, it would be difficult for me to partially layout a page, realize I didn’t like it, and try to change it. Instead, I spread out the materials I’m working with, take cheap computer paper and sketch out the possibilities. I sketch and cross out and sketch some more until I have the outline or prototype for my page.
I think the importance of reading this article, along with “The Design of Everyday Things,” was to get us thinking about how we’re going to go about starting our group projects. Our group is planning to build an interactive website, and we can’t just put a website up and test it from there. Instead, we have to carefully lay it out so that we can see all of the different steps we’ll have to create and make changes as we go from there. The two readings show the significance of taking the time to plan things out rather than just jumping off the deep end and right into our projects. A successful project takes careful, well thought-out planning rather than just eagerness to get the task accomplished.