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Part: III Appendixes > Testing Paper Prototypes

Testing Paper Prototypes

Paper prototypes are useful for obtaining data early in the process, but you should not use them for bottom-line data because they are too far removed from the final implementation. Most people have not seen paper prototypes before. You will have to explain the concept, but the majority of people catch on pretty quickly.

Ask participants to point at things with their finger, using it as a mouse. If they click on a link, the person playing the computer just switches to another piece of paper representing the next page. If they click on a drop-down menu, the computer can place an index card with the choices on top. Note that having a paper prototype that is larger than it would be in reality makes it easier for everyone to see what the participant is pointing at (see Figure AppA.1).


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