I am tremendously embarrassed to admit this, however, if two months ago someone asked me the question, “What’s a prototype?”, I might stare at them blindly for a few seconds until I could conjure up a response using context clues. Today, my response to that question would be quite different.
As we move forward with prototyping, I find myself so deeply wishing I allocated more time to researching the aspects and benefits of prototyping before I started writing. I wouldn’t define my headspace or skill set as solely backend, so I have found the idea of prototyping to be both extraordinarily beneficial and rewarding. Web development most certainly brings an eventual satisfaction, however, having the opportunity to witness the full (or at least pretty close to the full) user experience before a single style sheet is written is nothing short of awesome. Not only does prototyping allow you to design more freely, it also allows you to test. As the importance of usability testing becomes clearer, so too does the importance of prototyping. I look forward to developing my prototyping expertise and utilizing prototypes in order to enhance my overall skill set.