Journal article

A Systematic Method for Design Prototyping

Bradley Camburn, Brock Dunlap, Tanmay Gurjar, Christopher Hamon, Matthew Green, Daniel Jensen, Richard Crawford, Kevin Otto, Kristin Wood



Scientific evaluation of prototyping practices is an emerging field in design research. Prototyping is critical to the success of product development efforts, and yet its implementation in practice is often guided by ad hoc experience. To address this need, we seek to advance the study and development of prototyping principles, techniques, and tools. A method to repeatedly enhance the outcome of prototyping efforts is reported in this paper. The research methodology to develop this method is as follows: (1) systematically identify practices that improve prototyping; (2) synthesize these practices to form a guiding method for designers; and (3) validate that the proposed method encourages bes..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by United Sates Air Force Academy

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and the SUTD-MIT International Design Center (IDC, This material is also based in part on research sponsored by the United Sates Air Force Academy under Agreement No. FA7000-12-2-2005. The U.S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for Government purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation thereon.