Creating prototypes is one of the most important phases of any human centered design process. The purpose of a prototype is to figure out the feasibility and to get feedback on the idea. We create looks-like, feels-like, and works-like prototypes to get a full understanding of every aspect of the design. We use these prototypes with users to learn what features to add, keep, change, or remove to ensure that the product helps the people it is intended to serve.
Much of this phase of the process relies on trial and error and learning by doing. Our goal is to fail fast so that we can improve on our idea for next iterations. A few cuts, bruises, and ideas that flopped later, we have learned a ton and are well on our way to making Meerkat happen!
Here are some notes on the work we’ve done so far...
Taking apart different types of scales to learn some of the mechanics:
Mapping out bathroom routines to see how people interact with their bathmats:
Seeking tech experts around Philadelphia to get advice and mentorship:
Testing out how our prototype looks and feels:
And, of course, making sure we have some fun along the way!