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Prototyping Methods

Prototyping Methods

Explores the use of prototyping methods throughout all stages of the design process.

It was the most creative moment at ID, learning how to turn an idea into a reality with real-world examples and words from industry experts.
—Susan Onigbinde, MDes 2022

Objective & Outcomes

This course will study a range of prototyping techniques found within many fields of design. The focus is on how prototyping can be used to examine design issues and explore and communicate ideas. An emphasis is placed on early-stage prototyping and building craft skills through various drawing and building techniques including: sketching, concept drawing, paper modeling, sketch models, collage, and full-scale models.

Upon completing this course, students will have gained fundamental knowledge and abilities in drawing and building. And more importantly be able to discern and describe the appropriateness of various methods for different contexts within the design development process.

Typical Schedule

  • Session 1: Introduction & Brainstorming
  • Session 2: Franken-Prototypes
  • Session 3: Inspiration Collage
  • Session 4: Sketch Prototypes
  • Session 5: Scenarios
  • Session 6: Full-Scale Contextual Prototyping
  • Session 7: Industry Case Studies & Office Visit