“Prototyping Tools: What You Need to Know” offers a comprehensive guide to the world of prototyping tools. Highlighting the importance of prototyping in the design process, it emphasises the need for designers to choose the right tools to bring their ideas to life. It categorises prototyping tools into three types: sketching, digital and coding.

Sketching tools are the most basic, involving pens, paper and whiteboards. They are useful for quickly visualising ideas and facilitating discussions. Digital tools, such as Sketch and Photoshop, allow for more detailed designs and interactive prototypes. Coding tools, including HTML, CSS and JavaScript, are used to create high-fidelity prototypes that closely resemble the final product.

The guide also provides a list of questions designers should ask when choosing a prototyping tool. These include considerations about the fidelity of the prototype, the learning curve of the tool, the project timeline, and the team’s skill set.

The guide concludes by reminding designers that no single tool fits all needs. The best tool depends on the specific project, the team’s skills and the desired outcome. It encourages designers to experiment with different tools and not to be afraid of learning new ones.

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