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Creativity and Education: Why it Matters

Adobe has released Creativity and Education: Why it Matters, a new study that sheds light on the role of creativity in career success and the growing belief that creativity is not just a personality trait, but a learned Adobe has released Creativity and Education: Why it Matters, a new study that sheds light on the role of creativity in career success and the growing belief that creativity is not just a personality trait, but a learned skill.

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Prototyping for users

As we all know, any design process consists of several steps and procedures that involve constant evaluation of progress.

The key to a good design is that it must acknowledge the constraints and limitations and be carved with an understanding of the end user (their psychological, social aspects) and the interactions.

Polaroid prototype similar to concept drawings for the "Model 5700" that was never produced. While this design was made by Walter Dorwin Teague Associates, the actual design was probably done by Teague's son Dorwin Teague Jr

Polaroid prototype similar to concept drawings for the “Model 5700″ that was never produced. While this design was made by Walter Dorwin Teague Associates, the actual design was probably done by Teague’s son Dorwin Teague Jr

Prototyping:

Prototyping plays a pivotal role in the determination of value and quality of the design at the same time creating more room for predictability, innovation and collaboration. Prototyping  is an efficient strategy to determine hard to predict events or outcomes.

What is a prototype?

A prototype is an incomplete version of your design that serves the purpose of reflective evaluation. A prototype is made not just to test and evaluate design but also to innovate and create a better product.

Features of a prototype:

A prototype can easily be retired to a new one and is an incomplete version of the final design. A prototype is not meant to be complete, for example; A prototype might be a wooden block, shaped in form of a smartphone that is under development to test the experience of holding it, mimicking usage, keeping it inside the pocket etc.

Although prototypes do not have to be exact size yet they can be developed for small and large scale products. Walter Dorwin Teague, a famous American industrial designer prototypes the interior of a Boeing 707 and made participants experience it.

Walter Darwin Teague inspects in the interior of a Boeing 707

Walter Darwin Teague inspects in the interior of a Boeing 707

In proportion to what we perceive there are usually far more ideas and options out there to be discovered on any given project, hence prototyping plays an important role in refining the product and collaboratively injecting new ideas efficiently.

The user factor:

User is one of the very vital elements that shape the final outcome of a product. Understanding the psychological and social aspects of the user is important to better judge the product’s abilities in order to facilitate their requirements, and make things easier and joyful. So for example, in terms of the user factor there are perceptual and cognitive limitations like a human eye is not able to see more horizontally in one position than vertically. Also all possible limitations of interactions should be taken in to account like the usage environment/model etc.