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Many Designers complain that doing lo-fi is a waste of time, so they go straight to hi-fi so that users can have a better understanding and give quality feedback.
Personally, I still enjoy doing lo-fi wireframes for now.
Lo-Fi prototype can sometimes be a waste of time, but not in all cases. Low Fidelity prototypes can sometimes help to quickly sort through bad ideas from the good ones. It also depends on the type of project you're working on and the deliverables.
But it's true that it can be a waste of times, giving yourself extra work because most times you know where the whole thing is headed from the wireframe stage. Lo-Fi is very useful when working on big project that requires lot of input from others.
So in my opinion and from experience, whether it's a waste of time or not depends on the type of project and the team.
Well said Kayode! I totally agree with you, it all depends on the project you working on. Personally, I love doing them with stakeholders.
I agree with my fellow designers and would like to add to this thread.
In Summary, it all depends on your intention and outcome. I feel a lot of designers think that there is a process you have to do or you will be breaking the "Holy Rule of Design". This is not true. Do what works for you that gets the best results for the end-user.
Three (3) ways I use lo-fi prototypes and why:
1) Showcasing to stakeholders. When the idea is still a concept, and there are still fundamental questions that need to be answered to get the best solution. Having a lo-fi prototype allows you to accomplish this and saves you time and frustration in the long run.
2) Testing base ideas or assumptions quickly and effectively. This allows you to find out the desirability, viability and feasibility of an idea.
3) For you. Why? Depending on your level or workflow. Sometimes having a lo-fi flow in a prototype shows you things you might have missed or not considered.
A lo-fi prototype has its place in the design process. It's up to you to decide how much value it will add in your process and if it does then awesome, if not, then don't do it.
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