This morning the proto-SM@LL team held, appropriately enough, a paper prototyping meeting. The purpose of today was to sit down and work through the priorities for our project’s user interface. Through doing it on paper we’ve kept the aspirational design process away from issues such as “But the system won’t let us do that”. The idea being that what we end up with on paper is our ideal prototype system.
Naturally, since user evaluation and usability plays a strong thread in our proposed project what the final project-end product may look like may well be considerably different to this initial model. But we have to start somewhere, and that was what this morning was about.
We looked at a variety of other exemplar sites that for one reason of another have caught our eye. We discussed priorities in terms of on screen elements, and we worked through a few simple user case approaches. What we have on paper now is a little rudimentary, and a future sprint meeting will start to work through the actual components of these design elements (along with discussions here on the blog). Hopefully allowing us to move to functional prototype very rapidly one our funding is approved.