App Prototyping: The Future of Getting Your Ideas Off the Ground (Without Spending A Fortune)

Are you an entrepreneur that's ever thought about prototyping your startup idea ...before going into production?

There are many benefits to creating a prototype, but one of the biggest has to be the fact that it’s cheaper than starting full-scale production.

Not to mention the fact that you can also test out different variations of your product and see which one works best for you.

Bottom line: Prototypes are an invaluable tool for entrepreneurs and inventors who want to see if their idea is viable but don’t have the funds to start producing yet. 

This blog post will go over everything you need to know to take advantage of the cheaper, more efficient way of getting your idea off the ground.

Plus, we’ll cover all aspects of prototyping so that when it comes time for you to decide what route is right for you, we hope that our advice will help make an informed decision.

If this sounds like something that could help you with your business or invention then read on!

First, Let's Look At This Scenario To Bring Some Perspective As To Why An App Prototype Can Determine Your Success Or Failure.

Consider this scenario…

You’re an entrepreneur with a great idea for a new app, but… you don’t have the money to build it. 

You need to show investors how profitable your startup can be so they’ll invest in your company.

Imagine having an App Prototype based on your startup idea and imagine showing that App Prototype large numbers of potential investors …with just a click of the mouse. 

Now imagine those Investors seeing exactly what kind of returns they could make if they invested in your company, and you won’t have spent any time or money building the actual app!

Powerful, right?

Did You Know…

Today, prototypes are used by all sorts of industries to test out their ideas before they go into production. It’s an invaluable tool for entrepreneurs and inventors who want to see if their idea is viable, but don’t have the funds to start producing yet. 

For example, let’s say you think you have the next big idea for an app that will change the way people do laundry. You don’t know if it will work, but you want to find out, and it seems like a waste of time and resources to start making an actual app …without knowing if it’ll be successful.

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The Best Course Of Action Would Be To Make A Minimum Viable Product App Prototype First.

When creating your prototype, there are two main aspects to consider: 

a. appearance (what users see), and… 

b. behavior (how users interact with what they see). 

It can also look at things like how much data is needed for the app to function properly, but we’ll dive into that later on in this blog post.

For now, let’s dive in and discuss key questions all startup entrepreneurs should ask about app prototypes (but do not), so they can determine if having an App Prototype makes sense for their startup idea.

First, and foremost…

1. Who Is An App Prototype For Anyway?

When it comes to prototyping, there are essentially two types of people who would be interested in the practice – entrepreneurs and inventors.

Entrepreneurs and inventors want to know if their idea is viable before beginning full-scale production that can easily cost 6 figures or more. Luckily, they can use a prototype to test out different variations of their product and see which one works best for them …without first spending a small fortune.

They also want to make sure that they’re creating something that’s desired by their target audience. Prototypes are an invaluable tool for entrepreneurs and inventors who want to see if their idea is viable but don’t have the funds to start producing yet.

Who are entrepreneurs? Entrepreneurs are people who come up with something new and innovative to sell to consumers. They’re people who think outside of the box and take risks that most others would not dare to take.

Who are inventors? An inventor is someone who comes up with a product idea, but without any real means of turning it into a business. These are the nerds who love to tinker with new gadgets not just because they think it’s interesting, but also because they think if they can just figure out the right way to do something, they can create a product that will sell.

2. What Exactly IS An App Prototype?

 

An app prototype is a simulation of an app to test its general functionality and user interface (UI). It facilitates the idea generation process and provides insight into the feasibility of the design. Prototypes can be low- or high-fidelity and can be used in various stages of development, such as early product exploration, proposal validation, and customer feedback. Plus, they can be created in a variety of ways, including paper (low-fidelity), HTML/CSS (intermediate-fidelity), and native code (high-fidelity).

3. Why Use Prototypes?

App prototypes help companies better understand how to design apps that meet user needs. They’re also a way of testing your idea early on without having to spend serious money on development costs before you know if your idea will work as intended or not. With a prototype, you can build a simulation of an app that will let you test out the idea before it’s been developed.

An app prototype is a simulation of an app to test its general functionality and user interface (UI). It facilitates the idea generation process and provides insight into the feasibility of the design.

The type of prototype you create will depend on what stage your business is in and what aspect of the app you’re looking to test.

4. How To Create A Prototype:

1. Educate yourself on what your goal with making a prototype is. Do you want to test the idea for your app? Or do you already have an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) and are looking to improve existing features? Make sure that you have a clear idea of what you want to get out of your prototype before starting.

2. Determine if you need a low- or high-fidelity prototype. If you’re still in the idea exploration stage, a low-fidelity prototype will suffice. But if you’ve already created an MVP and want to iterate on existing features, a high-fidelity prototype is more efficient. You can also combine paper prototyping techniques with HTML/CSS to create a more realistic prototype.

3. Create either type of prototype with a prototyping tool that allows users to create low-, mid-and high-fidelity prototypes. It also helps you create clickable, high-fidelity prototypes with page transition effects that look and work like real apps.

4. Present your work and gather feedback from others! Remember that your goal is to learn as much as possible. So, don’t be afraid of criticism, and make sure you incorporate any feedback you receive into your next prototype.

5. Test and iterate your prototype as necessary.

The main goal should be to learn what works and what doesn’t, resolving any problems you find along the way.

Alright! Let's Discuss The 3 Main Types Of App Prototypes:

  1. Low-Fidelity Prototype

  2. Mid-Fidelity Prototype

  3. High-Fidelity Prototype

A low-fidelity prototype is a paper or HTML/CSS simulation of your app that lets you explore the design without investing too much time and money. It’s common during the early stages of product exploration, such as determining whether an idea is feasible or not.

A mid-fidelity prototype is a combination of low- and high-fidelity prototyping techniques to create clickable screens that give users the impression they’re using an app. It’s typically used for idea validation and customer feedback, but can also be applied to the early stages of product exploration.

A high-fidelity prototype is a simulation of your app that uses real data, the same technology as your final product, and looks and feels like a native app. It”s usually used when seeking proposal validation to see if an idea is worth turning into a real product or not. You can use a prototyping tool to make high-fidelity prototypes with page transition effects.

5. The Benefits Of Prototyping Your App Idea Before Production Begins

Standard benefits:

– Gain insight into the feasibility of your design by testing it with users.

– Quickly iterate based on user feedback.

– Reduce the risk of completing a product with low user demand.

– Explore visual design and features before coding.

– Test features before investing time and money in coding.

– Discover new product insights you wouldn’t have found otherwise.

– Test out your idea before it’s been developed.

Emotional benefits:

– Get feedback from others on your app idea to help refine it and make sure you’re on the right track.

– Save money by not spending a fortune on development costs for an app that may not work as intended or need any changes made to it!

– Save months of time and frustration by avoiding the coding process to create a product that doesn’t solve a problem or serve a purpose.

– Avoid the time and stress of your app never seeing the light of day because it doesn’t solve a problem or serve a purpose.

– Save yourself months that would have been spent struggling to find bugs or trying to fix them.

– Enjoy the satisfaction of having your idea come to life.

– Gain the confidence needed to make your app idea a reality.

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6. Common Mistakes When Using Prototypes

– Forgetting to make the prototype interactive.

– Making only a low-fidelity prototype instead of a mid/high-fidelity one.

– Creating a static prototype that doesn’t simulate interactivity properly.

– Creating a prototype that is too complex and not easy enough to learn from

– Dividing your prototype into too many screens. A good rule of thumb for this is a maximum of three screen flows with a maximum of four interactive nodes per screen

– Including too much text and not enough images. A good rule of thumb for this is to keep the text on one screen to no more than three lines.

– Incorrect labeling or nomenclature between screens.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the future of getting your ideas off the ground without spending a fortune is app prototyping.  

You don’t need to spend all that time and money creating a product that isn’t going to solve anyone’s problems or serve any purpose.

App prototyping will let you learn from user feedback, save money on development costs, save yourself months that would have been spent coding an app that doesn’t solve a problem or serve a purpose, avoid the time and stress of coding an app that’s going to fail, enjoy the satisfaction of having your idea come to life, and gain the confidence needed to make your app idea a reality.

And remember…

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

With the power of technology, it’s now possible to make an app prototype for a fraction of what companies like Dropbox, Uber, Airbnb, and more had to spend! 

Prototypes are used by all sorts of industries to test out their ideas before they go into production and it’s an invaluable tool for entrepreneurs and inventors who want to see if their idea is viable but don’t have the funds to start producing yet.

App prototyping is the future of getting your ideas off the ground without spending a fortune!

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