Day 13: Prototyping. Mom is not on the list today at DELITELABS!

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It is day 13 already at DELITELABS! WOW! Time is really flying in the third course, and we are now in week three where the projects are nicely coming around and the students are working so hard to achieve the desirable result.

Our day started with our special guest Ligia Coimbra  Graphic designer, MA in strategic design, and specialist in Creative strategist to help our student during the morning session. She explained  to the team about what is prototyping and what are the types and tools of prototyping.


The main question is what do I need from this prototype.

To prototype is to make your thoughts tangible, and to provide valuable insights to the idea of the project. It helps you to evolve the project and collect different and beneficial insights, opinions and ideas. It provides other people a chance to see what you are thinking and contribute to it.

 Your first Prototype will show you what you know, but mainly will show you what you don’t know.

the reaction you want to have after the primary prototype is :

OMG! I didn’t think about it!

And here where the magic starts. it will help you with the early validation, and will give you Better feeling of the idea of the projects and how to make it better.

Then, we talked about the prototyping values. It helps you save time, effort and money. Also, it reduces waste and misinterpretation and anticipate the catching mistakes. Finally, it helps you to create a rapid feedback loop, and it makes building time and cost estimated more accurate.

The third step was introducing the different types of prototyping. The first type is Sketching out. Paper is your best friend during the prototyping period. Sketch the idea and communicate it with other people to get insights and feedback. the second option is to Design  the idea, and here we have different typologies like shape, materials, graphic, ergonomics.

You also should keep it mind Usability testing, and finally Technical feasibility testing.

Prototyping is so exciting because it is your chance to present your idea to people. Nevertheless, prototyping need tools to excut it. Ligia presented some tools to our students like Lego, paper and paint, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, software prototype, Arduino. There are more tools to use when it comes to Web/mobile prototyping such as InVision, UXPin, Omnigraffle. You also have other tools concerning softwares such as photoshop, illustrator and Power Point.

The most important Guiding Principles are:

1- Understand your audience and intent.

2-Plan a little and prototype the rest.


4-It is a prototype, not the Monalisa.

5-If you cant make it, fake it.

6-Prototype what you need.

7-fail fast and cheap, then prototype again and often.


Prototyping is not to be perfect it is to be creative and smart and think how can you make it happen and it can be simple. It your prototype you need to test something and it is has to functional. Prototype what you need and don’t prototype everything.

You have to answer the intent of your prototyping, and then decide what types and tools you have to use. Moreover,Prototyping is good to understand different solutions for the products:

Picking the right tool and guiding principles:

You have to be familiar with the tool you are using, and it has to be available for you. It is essential to estimate the time and effort to produce it.

Keep it mind that you need to creating usable prototyping and to embrace the learning curves you will face. Finally, it is important to price the producet and consider collaborative help and possible partnerships.

Start with the resources and the possibilities you have.

There are ways to Test your prototype with users:

Focus group where you focus on concept opinion behaviour. Surveys and interviews where you focus on concept opinion.

Another method is Live experience where the focus is on concept, usability and behaviours. You can also use the Shop along method where you have a chance to experience the user experience. The Diary is another way to test the behaviour and experience of your user.

There is no formula in prototyping because it does not exist

Recruit the right people for your prototype, and your mom is not on the list!


  • The amount of learning after the experience is the meagre of a successful prototype.
  • Prototyping is testing your core and basic.
  • You have to change the idea and develop it a lot during the process.
  • You are not you idea. Don’t identify yourself with it.
  • Test radically.

After the interesting morning lecture with Ligia,  It was time to introduce the teams to a very important and influential PROJECT MANAGEMENT tool and who is better than our own Trello expert to explain about it!

Violeta took over and explained what is Trello and how does it work in order to help the student manage their projects perfectly and sufficiently.

We ended the day with  Q&A cyrcle with Ilyaz Nasrullah from Rockstart where the studnets had a chance to hear his success story and talk about their projects and learn as much as possible form Ilyaz big experience.

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