profile

The Fountain Institute

Prototyping Explored: Insights from Our Community

Published 8 months ago • 2 min read

Prototyping Explored: Insights from Our Community

By Hannah Baker


Dear Reader,

In a recent "Monday Musings" session, I engaged our Guild community on Slack, posing the question:

"What are your most pressing questions about prototyping?"

The ensuing conversation provided valuable insights into prototyping and its role in shaping design journeys.

Here's a rundown of the key takeaways:

Serving Diverse Goals
The conversation started with a fundamental query: Do prototypes cater solely to stakeholders? Yet, the conversation gradually revealed a broader truth: Prototypes aren't just for stakeholders but also for users. Prototypes are valuable for testing desirability, usability, feasibility, and viability hypotheses.

Fidelity Decisions
A critical junction emerged: When is it appropriate to deploy high-fidelity prototypes that mimic real-life experiences, and when should we opt for low-fidelity versions aimed at stakeholder buy-in? Designers grapple with this choice, seeking the optimal balance that aligns with each project's goals.

Data Integration
Designers are wrestling with the challenges of integrating realistic data into prototypes. They're looking for solutions to simulate real user interactions effectively, especially when data transformations are needed. Guild member Emma Gilbert shared a recent find, the Kernel plugin, which injects genuine data into prototypes, enhancing their realism and functionality.

Redefined Roles
Maximilian Schmidt, another Guild member, encouraged us to reconsider the conventional roles of designers and engineers. Engineers, he proposed, can also contribute significantly to prototyping efforts. Prototypes serve diverse functions, from experimentation and stakeholder communication to interaction demonstrations.

Unanswered Queries
An array of questions remains unanswered, yearning for exploration:

  • Can prototypes effectively cater to stakeholders and users within a single iteration?
  • When should we lean toward realism in prototypes versus simplified versions?
  • Where can one find a prototyping expert who can impart rapid and effective prototyping techniques?

As we continue exploring these questions and more, let's remember that prototypes are not mere tools.

They're vessels of innovation, shaping design journeys with every iteration.

Join the conversation!

Please share your thoughts on prototypes and design journeys in our Guild community. Your perspective might be the missing puzzle piece we're all searching for.

It's not too late to sign up for our last summer workshop!!

Learn how to craft moments for momentum in your workshops

August 30, 2023, 16:00-19:00 CEST (9:00 am-12:00 pm CT)

Facilitation is not just your time in one session but rather the entire experience—from opening to closing moments, from peaks to valleys. We will build an experience in real-time using learning frameworks, facilitation tips, and methods.


Defining UX Strategy: LIVE
Learn how to build a winning strategy that aligns design with business.
September 4-25, 2023
Reserve a seat


Continuous UX Research: LIVE
Learn how to explore user needs and run weekly discovery.
October 2-23, 2023
Reserve a seat


Until next week!

Hannah Baker
Facilitator & Co-Founder
The Fountain Institute

The Fountain Institute

The Fountain Institute is an independent online school that teaches advanced UX & product skills.

Read more from The Fountain Institute

Figma Skills Won't Get You Promoted by Jeff Humble Dear Reader, Today's advice letter concerns the design community's fetishization of Figma and how our obsession with tools gives the wrong impression. Let me explain. Everywhere you look, designer dudes are trying to sell you on Figma. Design is so much more than software for drawing rectangles. But still, you click this stuff. It's almost like you think that learning this one piece of software is the job...rather than, you know, learning how...

6 days ago • 2 min read

Shaping the Future of the Guild of Working Designers - Let's Co-Create! By Hannah Baker Dear Reader, As one of over 6,500 newsletter subscribers, you're part of a vibrant group passionate about senior-level design and leadership. You might have heard us refer to the Guild of Working Designers, or Guild for short, and maybe you're even part of it. But if you've been curious about what this is and why it exists, we are here to clarify that and offer an opportunity to shape its future. The Guild...

19 days ago • 2 min read

Innovation by Design with Cristina Colosi Dear Reader, Last night, we heard an inspiring talk from Cristina Colosi, a service designer working on the innovation team at Rainforest Alliance. Many designers want to get involved in sustainability work, and Cristina is an example of how you can use your design skills to make a real impact on the climate. Cristina gave us a firsthand view of her innovation work with a case study about an NGO that involved farmers, corporations, and the entire...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read
Share this post