Any idea you think has merit should be modeled in a tangible way as soon as possible. Paper models are a surprisingly easy and fast way to make your ideas real.
- Use a core set of basic tools and materials: white paper, white cardboard, white tape, inkjet printer, scissors, thin and thick markers.
- Think about what demonstration and discussion the model should support. Work at an appropriate size and detail only what’s necessary.
- Think through how you could make it before jumping in. Do little experiments to see if the approach would work.
- Try to create the model from as few parts as possible, assembling smaller sections, rather than making a “house of cards.”
- For web and app interfaces, use simple symbols to lay out content and details. Switch screens by replacing paper screens in sequence.
- Demonstrate the concept with your paper prototype.