A prototype is an early sample, model, or release of a product built to test a concept or process. It is a term used in a variety of contexts, including semantics, design, electronics, and software programming. A prototype is generally used to evaluate a new design to enhance precision by system analysts and users. Prototyping serves to provide specifications for a real, working system rather than a theoretical one. In some design workflow models, creating a prototype (a process sometimes called materialization) is the step between the formalization and the evaluation of an idea.

There are many different types of prototypes, but some of the most common include:

Prototypes are an essential part of the design process. They can help you to:

If you are designing a new product or service, I highly recommend that you create prototypes. Prototypes can help you to save time and money, and they can help you to create a better product.