Prototypes are an important part of design, but the word "prototype" or "prototyping" means different things to different people. Prototypes take different forms—created in various mediums, rendered at different levels of fidelity, used at different parts of the design process, and fulfilling completely different intents. So,
does the word "prototype" or "prototyping" mean to you?
do you prototype?
are they used?
do you use them? This is what we'd like to talk about at the meeting.
Why we're organizing this meeting: We've experimented with reading a collection of articles and discussing them for a meeting. One meeting's articles were focused on wireframes. What I loved about that meeting was that there was a single theme and everybody had some level of experience with it. (As apposed to a typical book club where everybody has very little experience with the topic, besides the author.) We want to encourage that kind of engagement.
How we'll run it: The goal of this meeting is to be relaxed and informal, with no strict agenda, and to foster conversation and learning between all the great people in this community. So to those ends, we'd like to try something a little different:
- Break out into groups, discuss for ~30 minutes
- Report back and/or...
- Split into different groups to discuss some more
That way we get the benefits of mingling that other social events get, but we can stay on topic (more or less) like our typical book club events. Sound good? Great!
Where it's at: John Harvard's is very close to Harvard Square. They have an excellent beer list and pretty darn tasty food. This is going to be a cozy gathering chock full of meaningful discussion (that's where you come in!).
Thanks so much for helping us make UX Boston more than just a book club!
Jason and David