tool description

The rough prototyping is a quick method to build prototypes using all the objects and materials available in that specific moment and location. These elements are used to simulate the service components in order to better explain an idea in front of the other members of the team.
It is a tool supporting the visualization of ideas and a way to be sure that all the members of the team are talking about the same thing.
It also contributes to make the process of design more interactive and concrete.



Adam Little at CIID

The project PhotoCaring was conceived by the student Adam Little as a concept for the GUI course using the insights coming from the previous user research course.
The aim was the creation of an application based on a graphical user interface for an eldercare context with multiple user groups (patients, doctors, nurses and visitors).
Starting form the insights given by the research, Adam had the idea of a wall displaying contextual information, a wall reacting to the presence of persons in front of it, with an intuitive touch interface allowing users to interact with the contents and explore photos on the wall itself. Other functionalities were then added, such as the possibility to save or vote the favorite pictures, to learn about other persons through the photos themselves and to control the display according to specific circumstances (for the hospital staff).
Some paper prototypes of the interface were built in order to test the concept directly with users, conducting them through hypothetic paths and observing their behavior and their level of involvement and self-confidence with the proposed system.
This kind of prototypes, simulating the interface in terms of visual appearance and general dynamics with physical objects such as paper sheets, allow quick tests of the interaction flows and give information about the comprehension and accessibility of the system before starting its construction.


Carrie Chan, Carnagie Mellon University master thesis

Direct care is a thesis project for enhancing parent experience at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital: starting from the observation of the emotional journey of children parents and of the current method of information delivery, the concept proposed has the aim to improve the method of family education inside the hospitals. To have families participate in the design of an ideal information system, Carrie created a rough LCD screen, some fictitious mobile devices, various sized colored papers acting as widgets and labels denoting different types of information. The idea was to allow parents to configure their own information display (one to be used in their child’s hospital room and one to be used on a mobile device away from the hospital).


students at Royal College of Art with tutors Wendy March and Bas Raijmakers

The students were asked to develop scenarios and concepts in relation to the idea of Smart Streets, to merge doing research, developing ideas, prototyping and testing, to engage with people in the street as co-creators in the design research. They created this tool called “design your street” in order to make people able to visualize their ideas of Gloucester Road in the future through rough prototypes.