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In creative design the role of context and the designer’s perception of it play an
increasingly important part. Since design is being viewed as a process here it could
be argued that all new variables are already implicit in the processes to be used. In
order to counter such arguments, it is suggested that designers work, of necessity,
within a well-defined context of their choosing. The context is defined by the
available design prototypes. However, there comes a time during the design process
when the designer decides that he or she wishes to move outside the available
design prototypes in order to find new variables. This can be seen as the designer
changing the context in which he or she is working.
—John S. Gero, “Design Prototypes:
A Knowledge Representation Schema for Design” [2]
In this chapter you will learn how to
Prepare for design iterations
Create iterations of your Excel prototype
Preparing for a Design Iteration
The exercises that you've completed in the previous chapters converge as key
activities of an iterative design process that helps you achieve your design goals. You
have learned about gathering and defining requirements as well as creating task
and screen flows in Excel, and you've started your first prototype of a design in
Excel. In this chapter you will identify a high-priority screen
a contact information
screen—and refine the design through iteration. But first you want to identify the
kind of iteration you will be doing. Though there are many perspectives on the
types of iterations you can perform, for our purposes we will focus on two:
Will this iteration be a more detailed version of a more conceptual predecessor?
Will this iteration be an improvement or change of a prior version based on
stakeholder feedback or new and ostensibly improved ideas?
After establishing this kind of an iteration, on that basis you will want to define your
requirements, your design criteria, the content, and audience. Some examples of
design criteria include
Evaluate and verify the target audience (for example, better understand the
Gen-X market and its potential for sales)
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