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For more details about annotations, see Chapter 9.
Tips for Avoiding the Risks in Sharing Your
Prototypes
The following tips are all designed to help you avoid the risks of sharing a
prototype. Prototypes too often get bogged down in details that the product team never
intended to demonstrate, but the details are nevertheless employed to help set
context. One solution is to reduce the fidelity to mask these distracting details.
Sometimes these details are essential to help an audience understand important
aspects of a prototype and the conceptual design it represents. Some ways to
control what you're trying to communicate with your prototype include
Using a summary worksheet
Setting the appropriate fidelity level
Setting the appropriate visual emphasis
Signaling how someone can interact with your prototype
Tips to improve the visual appearance of the prototype
Using a Summary Worksheet
Setting expectations at the onset is essential. It helps to make sure that you adequately
address the established requirements and the defined task flow, which are the focal
points of the prototype. This can be done verbally in a meeting but can be quickly
forgotten. It is much better to give the audience a short summary of these points. If you are
distributing your prototype, you can include this summary as a kind of cover worksheet.
In the downloadable files on our Effective Prototyping Website, we include a sample
summary worksheet that you can copy and modify for your purposes. In addition to a
summary, the key design requirements and task flow diagram can be included as
worksheets that link to related screen design worksheets.
Setting the Appropriate Fidelity Level
Modulating degrees of fidelity within and across prototypes can be a powerful
means of controlling what users focus on in your prototypes relative to what you
 
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