Here are some upcoming presentations related to paper prototyping.
To add a presentation to this list, contact Carolyn
May 13, 2003;
Paper Prototyping Grows Up, Carolyn Snyder
Paper prototyping has been around for decades. The majority
of usability professionals are familiar with the technique
even if they haven't used it. But how much do we as a profession
really know about it? How well can we separate fact from myth?
This presentation is geared for those who have prior experience
with paper prototyping - this is not a talk about what paper
prototyping is or how to do it. Instead, we will look at the
questions surrounding paper prototyping and how it affects
the process of product development - some of these questions
have been studied, others are unresolved, and still others
remain unasked. For example, does paper a prototype really
encourage more feedback from usability test participants?
If so, is this due to the unfinished nature of the prototype,
the medium of paper, the social setting, and/or something
else? Research doesn't fully answer these questions, though
it does provide some clues.
This will be a discussion, not just a talk. Carolyn Snyder
will pose a list of questions about paper prototyping and
summarize some of the research that addresses them. We will
also discuss how paper prototyping can be used for purposes
other than usability testing, such as internal reviews and
This event is free and open to the public. See the Greater
Boston SIGCHI site for directions. The presentation slides
will be available here after the event.
May 14, 2003;
Paper Prototyping for Technical Writers, Carolyn Snyder
Tech writers are drawn to paper prototyping like moths to
flame (though with much happier results!). It's easy to understand
why - by creating the interface entirely out of paper and
then testing it with users, you'll quickly find the trouble
spots. Don't get stuck with explaining a confusing interface
when you can help fix it instead.
Paper prototyping expert Carolyn Snyder will share with
Case studies that illustrate how paper prototypes can
turn flawed interfaces into usable ones.
The types of usability problems that paper prototypes
can find in an interface, as well as some they don't
The situations where paper prototypes are most likely
to save you time and aggravation
Tips for incorporating documentation and help into
paper prototype usability tests
How paper prototypes empower tech writers to work with
There will be a drawing for an autographed copy of Carolyn's
new book Paper Prototyping.
There is a fee for this event (which includes dinner) and
advance registration is required. See the Boston
STC programs page.
The presentation slides will be available here after the event.
2003 (telephone seminar)
An abstract of this talk will be available May 1. In the
meantime, you can learn more about STC