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Let's Talk About: Prototyping

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,  what does the word "prototype" or "prototyping" mean to you?  When do you prototype?  How are they used?  Why 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
  • Repeat...

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

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  • Linda V.

    Thanks to Jason and David for organizing last night! I met a lot of great people who are doing amazing things with UX of all kinds. Looking forward to our next meeting.

    August 5, 2011

  • Merlin C.

    Enjoyed talking about prototyping, reconnecting with people,
    and talking about other topics.

    August 5, 2011

  • David R.

    Had a great time meeting new people, catching up with old friends, and talking with others about prototypes (as well as other things). It was really amazing to learn how many different kinds of prototypes there are to suit so many different purposes. When talking about design, using the word "prototype" is like telling someone that you drive a "motorized vehicle"—it leaves a lot of room for interpretation (or misinterpretation)!

    August 5, 2011

  • Debra M.

    had a great time last night! Wish i had a chance to get to meet everyone, but there were so many! I hope to see everyone at the next one.

    August 5, 2011

  • Robert P

    parking is possible but tough.allow extra time.good luck

    August 4, 2011

  • Natasha L.

    What's the parking situation like there? Anyone know?

    August 3, 2011

  • Jason R.

    Hey, we're trying to nail down this date. Tentatively it's August 4th, that might get pushed a week further though. Stay tuned. We'll spam your inbox when we get it sorted out. Thanks!!

    June 29, 2011

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