Paper prototypes are great for getting feedback from your target users before you invest time and effort in writing code. Participants love usability testing with paper prototypes because they feel like their feedback can really make a difference. Watch this video to learn how easy it is to use paper prototypes in a usability study.
- Paper prototypes are great for getting feedback.…You might be worried about showing your weird,…sticky note screens to people,…but I can assure you they love it.…In fact, I've found you get better feedback…when people don't think the screens are finished…then you do from actual code,…or from realistic screen comps.…Run a Usability Test…with around five different participants,…one after another.…To make sure they understand your main concepts,…and that the screens flow logically.…Find people to be your participants…based on your persona descriptions.…
A Usability Test is not a demo.…You give each participant a task…and then let them run with it.…I'd suggest using your story boards…as the basis for the tasks.…Pull out the core task, describe it to the participant,…then see what they do next.…As they work through the screens,…you'll have to play the role of computer.…That means changing the state of interface elements,…showing the next screen at the right time,…and doing everything that the program would normally do.…
Along the way, you'll learn who should be involved, what activities you need to perform, and how to observe users, come up with great ideas, test solutions with prototypes, and plan development. Plus, discover how to avoid the common issues that can get in the way of a successful design thinking session, and the traps that people fall into when using the process for the first time.
- Assembling a team
- Finding a location
- Watching real users
- Mapping the customer journey
- Identifying pain points
- Coming up with good ideas
- Testing ideas with real customers
- Planning development
- Understanding the benefits of design thinking