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Low vs High-Fidelity Prototypes

All prototypes are simulations of a product.

  • Low-fidelity prototypes are intentionally designed to look like wireframes, sketched on paper. They are quick-and-dirty ways to simulate something without looking like a finished product.
  • High-fidelity prototypes are designed to look and feel like a real product, perhaps so lifelike that it can be difficult to tell that it is only a simulation. These are the preferred variety for value testing.