CSC 395 (Fall 2021)

Lab: Answering Questions with Prototypes

Today, we’ll explore the next phase of the human-centered design process, prototyping. As programmers, we have a propensity to build “prototypes” that are really “mini” versions of the final artifact we intend to construct. Instead, we want to prototype with agility to answer research questions concerning our design.

For lab, we’ll embark on a design exercise to quickly brainstorm and ideate a simple design. From there, your group is tasked to:

  1. Brainstorm three research questions that you can investigate about the design and then
  2. Develop a low-fidelity prototype that will help you answer one of these research question.

We will then have a “mini-design fair” where people will try out your prototype and give you feedback. You should then use that feedback to propose an initial answer to your chosen research question.

For this lab turn-in: