A prototype is seen as a crucial part of creating a new website or mobile app. It simulates some of the main aspects of the final product, allowing the designer/developer to get an initial idea off the paper and consider many different aspects of the design and its implementation.
Test the Design
A good design can take several iterations. However, these iterations become much easier if the major issues are removed at the start. This is where prototyping comes in. Users, developers and designers can all go through the UX flow and design and give feedback. In particular, it’s possible to find any serious omissions and get them added or remove andy needless parts. Testing an actual version is hugely different to looking at something on paper.
With a well created design, the actual development stage of production becomes much simpler. Developers have something to work and build off, decreasing the chance of big issues in the future reduces the development times as well as cost. It’s been said that changes to a software development project cost exponentially more to implement the later they are detected.
Showing the end user a version of the product will allow them to give more detailed and complete feedback, and as a user will know the domain in which the product will run, increased cooperation early is likely to improve the end product.
Also, a well-known problem in development is communication between technical and non-technical people. Having an object in front of you will help remove any misunderstandings that could have occurred in the earlier stages of design.
Selling the Product
If you are looking to get investors in on a project, having a prototype will give them a much better understanding of exactly what your idea entails, as well as showing that you are committed to your project. If you turn up to an investor with just a concept, you’d need to have a unique understanding of the business area you’re looking into(normally through contacts or experience), or almost irreplaceable skills.
Determining future Costs and Timeframes
In almost all software development projects you’re likely to come across areas that take slightly longer than expected and others that are quicker than you had thought. Having a more detailed understanding of the development phase, will allow a chance to work out where these parts are and then give more accurate quotes.
While prototyping is clearly a good idea, there are cases where it’s much more worthwhile than others. If you’re committed to a large project and the app will have a lot of user interaction, it’s generally worth a prototype. If it’s a simple app or the UX isn’t so important, we’d suggest just developing straight away and getting the project completed.
You may also like:
We’ve developed some new tools that are free to use to help you to create barcodes, QR codes and iOS app store iconography. Try them for yourself today.
A tutorial showing how to create a simple app with a collection view that will display recent headlines from a News API, this tutorial assumes you know very little about iOS development.
Developers programming for iOS currently have two choices for creating an App, Objective C and Swift. While Swift is seen as the 'offspring' of Obj C there are many differences. Learn about them here.
Here we explain the benefits of an offline first approach to app development.
With over 5 million apps online today, more than a good idea is needed to create an app that people will want to use. We discuss a few things to consider before launching your next project.
Here we look at reasons how you could possibly save your business some money as well as improve customer engagement.
Learn the differences between the two most popular methodologies in development today and the benefits of each. See if you have any preference on which you'd rather use on your next project.
Are you undecided on whether your company needs social media? Read on and we will try to convince you as to why it's essential.
See how analytics are just as important within mobile apps as your website.
Native vs Cross Platform App Development. Read ahead and decide which you think would be most beneficial for your business
Find our how a great user interface can lead to happy customers and better user retainment
What is machine learning and how can it be used to improved your mobile application.
How in-house mobile apps can give your business an efficiency boost.