Prototyping in Smart Product Design: Investigating Prototyping Tools to Support Communication of Interactive and Environmental Qualities

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Jing Wang, Charlie Ranscombe, Boris Eisenbart
Series: DESIGN
Institution: Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Section: Industrial Design
Page(s): 2243-2252
DOI number:
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


The increasing availability of smart products creates a more pronounced need for designers to prototype and communicate interactive and environmental qualities of product during their design process. This paper explores which elements of User journey, Storyboards and Wireframes contribute to communicating these qualities, and how they might integrate with sketching. Results show depictions of user and temporal elements alongside low fidelity sketches are deemed most important. Our findings form the basis to propose and subsequently test combined prototyping approaches in future research.

Keywords: smart product design, prototyping, communication, design activities, prototyping tools

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