Will paper prototyping ever get completely replaced?

Paper prototyping has been driving the website designing industry for quite some time now. Some of the most famous and experienced designers of the world stick to using paper prototyping.

Is this some kind of a loyalty issue because they do not steer away from it at all?

Come to think of it prototyping for websites is done to present a proposed design and seek feedback based on it. This presentation may be either to the team developing it, within the organization itself or to clients as well.

Seeking to present how the website would be put together, its content, the options available on it and the navigating options within the several pages contained, designers put together paper prototypes by cutting shapes of paper and sticking them on place within a larger sheet, representing the computer monitor. This is achieved rather easily using the commonly available stationery within any office and home. It is a lot quicker and easier as well. Anyone can prepare a paper prototype with basic arts and crafts skills, and this also makes it a candidate for involving everyone within an organization into the process of prototype development and design.

Unlike most presentations that require at least a projector or a computer to make the presentation, paper presentations allow the flexibility to make presentations anywhere and without the need of any special gadgets.

One of the most interesting aspects I happened to learn was that using paper prototypes allowed beating all deadlines as well as working almost anywhere and still being able to create the prototype easily. Just imagine being able to prepare a prototype while on the way to some urgent meeting itself and managing to do so without worrying about the short battery backup in your laptop.

Stick It notes and indexing tag cards too come quite handy when working on making a paper prototype. Along with lending color to your prototype they also allow you to create better looking and easily changeable navigation and other areas which change upon interaction. They also allow putting together various interchangeable options which can be presented together in order to help in decision making.

A prototyping software on the other hand requires you to have a computer with a license of the particular prototyping tool installed in order to create and modify any prototype models. You are also restricted for time and place with these as compared to using paper prototypes.

All in all it is still going o take a whole lot of convincing power accompanied with a big enough miracle to convince many of the expert designers to consider making a total shift from using paper prototyping to other prototyping computer applications.

With this there is only one thought that comes to mind – Will paper prototyping ever get completely replaced?

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