In this post, we'll discuss the details of website prototyping and take a look at a variety of prototyping methods and resources.
What is prototyping?
Popular prototyping methods
Using a prototyping app
Coding a prototypeCoding your own prototype is useful because you are creating something closer to the final design than some of the other forms of prototyping. A coded prototype may include anything from basic design elements, like buttons and forms, to elements with advanced functionality, like a checkout process. This method of prototyping can save time during development, since the basic styles and structure of website elements are created during this phase. Frameworks can often be a great a resource when coding a prototype since they provide a base of code to start with, which will speed up the build process.
Using presentation softwareIf you're looking for a prototyping method that is a bit simpler or easier for beginners, you might look into using a presentation software such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Keynote. The widespread familiarity with these types of programs make it easy to pick up the basics, as well as learn advanced features quickly. This prototyping method is especially useful for showcasing workflows and processes in a slideshow format. You can also use element libraries like Keynotopia to easily put together clickable prototypes using Keynote and Powerpoint.