Chapter 5 Planning a Usability Study with a Paper Prototype

So you’ve decided to give paper prototyping a try. How do you go about doing it? This chapter outlines the people, activities, and time you’ll need. Some companies do their first paper prototype usability study by hiring a consultant to come in and lead all the activities. This chapter and the others in this section cover much of what I do as a usability consultant—theoretically, it should put me out of business!

I’m not being facetious. I believe that the best way to make interfaces more user-friendly is to close the feedback loop between product teams and users by teaching people how use paper prototypes to communicate, ask questions, and find answers. Once everyone knows how to do ...

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