Hello UXPin friends and, hopefully, soon-to-be-friends who just stopped by on our blog.
…Redesigning paper prototyping? Doesnt it sound silly? Well, we worship innovation and believe in a change harder than Obama does. We have urge to make things better, bigger than Timberland (which has a slogan Make it better!). Nope, we didnt have any doubt that you can actually make paper prototyping better, more complex, rapid and convienient…
We believe that the Internet is based on sharing. Sharing thoughts, stories, ideas. Thats way weve decided to share with you the UXPin story. Whats more, UXPin is also strongly connected with the idea of sharing. Hm… Isnt it bullshit, as were selling UXPin not giving it for free? Well, let me start our story from that point.
There are three human beings who co-founded UXPin. Three human beings working for 5 days a week, 8 hours per day as a UX/R&D team in one of the most important eCommerce companies in the Eastern Europe. We work as a team and we love it. Though were from different parts of the wide UX field (interaction design, information architecture, design) we get along well.
We were and we are using paper prototyping a lot. Our desks are full of sketches. We know merits and flaws of it, as everyone UXer knows. One day we thought why not to redesign it as we do with web projects.
Redesigning paper prototyping? Doesnt it sound silly? Well, we worship innovation and believe in a change harder than Obama does. We have urge to make things better, bigger than Timberland (which has a slogan Make it better!). Nope, we didnt have any doubt that you can actually make paper prototyping better,more complex, rapid and convienient.
We were thinking about many differents solutions and weve tried doznes of it in practice. Only one though met our expectations. Probably you know which one.
And yes, though it seems crazy, we paper prototyped paper prototyping tool. In couple of iterations weve checked how it works in the real environemnt of website prototyping. Have a look on the original picture from prototypin UXPin process below:
After few days we were sure that we are up to something important, something which may change the way people are desigining new web products. Why we were so sure? Lets think about flaws of paper prototyping:
If you do classic sketching and you make a mistake, or want to change your idea, you need to sketch whole concept all over again (hate it!).
If youre conducting usability tests with paper prototype it would be great to provide quick changes in the prototype. With classic paper prototyping its hard to do.
If you want to pass your paper prototype to your boss, developers, clients – they tend to rise their eyebrows, like you didnt make anything impressive.
And now think about UXPin. By mixing wireframing and paper prototyping we overcame flaws and created new advantages. We immediately thought that would be great chance to spread the idea of paper prototyping all across the world and actually make it wider idea than ever. Why PMs, developers and graphic designers shouldnt use paper prototyping along with UXers? Of course they should. You just need to encourage them and make things easier.
Thats why were sharing UXPin with you. And yes, we believe that itll make web a better place.