Reading: Sketching with Foam Core

This week’s reading detailed methods of making foam core prototypes of mobile devices. Specifically, smart watches and phones. These devices tend to have many, many screens with multiple functions.

Foam Core can be layered up to the thickness of the device. The ‘screen’ can be cut out of the top layer, and individual hand drawn or digitally drawn screens can be slipped in between the layers. Test users can interact with the screens, and as choices are made, new screens can be slipped in.

One big advantage of this technique when paired with hand drawn screens is the ability to collaboratively make up new screens on the fly. Simply draw another screen.

Another advantage of this prototyping method is that the screens are drawn to scale. This gives testers a very good sense of how users would see and interact with the screens.

Reading: Sketching with Foam Core

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