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Exploring Experience Design by Ezra Schwartz

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Prototyping

The word prototype is derived from the Greek word "prōtotupos", which meant "a first or primitive form." In Medieval Latin, the word evolved to mean "original, primitive", and today, it is referred to mostly as a key artifact in the design process of any product, be it physical or digital.

The fifteenth-century Italian architect, Leon Battista Alberti describes in his book On the Art of Building in Ten Books, an event from the first-century BC in which Julius Caesar,

"completely demolished a house on his estate in Nemi, because it did not totally meet with his approval." Alberti then recommends that practitioners keep "the time-honored custom, practiced by the best builders, of preparing not only drawings and sketches but also ...

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