What is Prototyping Canvas?
Prototyping Canvas is a strategic prototyping template that guides users to answer critical assumptions or questions.
Why Prototyping Canvas?
Prototyping Canvas effectively guides designers through prototyping processes, facilitates a common prototyping language amongst team members.
It encourages intentional prototyping practice, which should ultimately reduce resources and improve design outcomes.
This video gives you a walk-through on how to do an Prototyping Canvas, through a worked example of a Autonomous Vehicle Design Challenge.
Here are examples of the Prototyping Canvas for solving a problem posed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and solved by two design teams (Lauff, Menold, and Small, 2016). The problem to solve is: How might we increase social-emotional competencies (SEC) in young children? The teams engaged in the human-centered design process to solve these problems.
Lauff, C., Menold, J. and Small, M., 2016. Two Design Cases Exploring Development of Social Emotional Learning Solutions. In 10th International Conference on Design and Emotion, D and E 2016. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Lauff, C., Menold, J., Wood, K., 2019 [forthcoming, in review]. Prototyping Canvas: Design Tool for Planning for Purposeful Prototypes. International Conference on Engineering Design. August 4-8. Delft, Netherlands.
Camburn, B., Dunlap, B., Gurjar, T., Hamon, C., Green, M., Jensen, D., Crawford, R., Otto, K. and Wood, K. (2015), "A Systematic Method for Design Prototyping", Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 137 No. 8, p. 081102.
Camburn, Bradley A., Jan M. Auernhammer, Karen Hui En Sng, Paul J. Mignone, Ryan M. Arlitt, K. Blake Perez, Zack Huang, Subarna Basnet, Lucienne T. Blessing, and Kristin L. Wood. "Design Innovation: A Study of Integrated Practice." In ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC), pp. V007T06A031-V007T06A031. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2017.
Teo, K., Wee, Y., Swee, A., Altybayeva, A., Gopal, M., Kamiso, N., Foo, D., Lauff, C., Wood, K.L., “Design Innovation (DI) Learning Modules,” SUTD-MIT International Design Centre (IDC), SUTD, Singapore, idc.sutd.edu.sg, 2018.
Additional Resources on Prototyping
TED Ed Lesson by Tom Chi on Rapid Prototyping Google Glass, https://ed.ted.com/lessons/rapid-prototyping-google-glass-tom-chi
IDEO Zine: “You can prototype anything”, to get in the mindset that you truly can prototype anything, even a restaurant
Pretotype It: free e-book by Alberto Savoia, “make sure you are building the right ‘it’, before you build it right”, introducing idea of ‘pretotypes’ as early exploratory prototypes
Design Thinking: Prototyping short online course by Randall Elliot of frog design through Lynda platform
ACUMEN+ IDEO short online free course on Human Centered Design 201: Prototyping