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Dodging Speed Bumps… 
When You Take Your Prototype on the Road 
Will Hacker 
Sept. 13, 2014 
willhacker.net 
@willhacker
About Me 
• Lead Interaction Designer 
at GE Capital 
• Multi-device UX design 
and usability 
• Hundreds of prototypes in...
Because they are 
there
Not all smooth sailing
Stuff happens
Make a plan
Best Laid Schemes… 
Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 
2014
True Story: In-Store Laptop Configuration Kiosk 
 Build and order 
 Five retail stores 
 Five real customers 
 Two day...
The Mission Begins… 
Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 2014
The Mission Continues… 
Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 2014
The Mission Crashes… 
Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 2014
Dead Battery! What?
This isn’t good
Not too happy
Display Model Saved the Day 
+ 
Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 
2014
Bulletproof
Batteries fail 
Hard drives crash 
Devices freeze 
Internet disappears
Two of everything 
Keep prototypes local 
Assume no technology
Two of Everything
Cameras
Cameras
Microphones
Microphones
Mobile devices
Mobile devices
Checklist
Pro Tip: 
Have a backup plan, and a 
backup for that 
Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept....
Keep It Local 
Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 
2014
Great for connecting to Internet
Internet doesn’t always play 
nice
Local storage
Local Storage 
 All assets on device 
 Can work offline 
 Easy to generate file 
Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your...
How It Works 
1. Go to http://westciv.com/tools/manifestR/ 
2. Add the bookmarklet to your web browser 
3. Visit your host...
Generated Manifest File
Generated Manifest File
The HTML 
<!DOCTYPE HTML> 
<html manifest=”myapp.appcache"> 
<head> 
<title>Title of the document</title> 
</head> 
<body>...
Pro Tip: 
Mobile networks are as reliable 
as the weatherman; be ready for 
that 
Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your P...
No Technology
Paper prototypes
Use basic 
supplies
Not limited in detail
Pro Tip: 
Be ready for any technology to 
fail, because it will 
Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the R...
Wrap Up
Multiples of everything 
Keep prototypes local 
Plan for technology to fail
Thank You 
Will Hacker 
Sept. 13, 2014 
willhacker.net 
@willhacker
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Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road

  1. 1. Dodging Speed Bumps… When You Take Your Prototype on the Road Will Hacker Sept. 13, 2014 willhacker.net @willhacker
  2. 2. About Me • Lead Interaction Designer at GE Capital • Multi-device UX design and usability • Hundreds of prototypes in every conceivable format • AxureMobileBook.com Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 2014
  3. 3. Because they are there
  4. 4. Not all smooth sailing
  5. 5. Stuff happens
  6. 6. Make a plan
  7. 7. Best Laid Schemes… Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 2014
  8. 8. True Story: In-Store Laptop Configuration Kiosk  Build and order  Five retail stores  Five real customers  Two days Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 2014
  9. 9. The Mission Begins… Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 2014
  10. 10. The Mission Continues… Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 2014
  11. 11. The Mission Crashes… Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 2014
  12. 12. Dead Battery! What?
  13. 13. This isn’t good
  14. 14. Not too happy
  15. 15. Display Model Saved the Day + Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 2014
  16. 16. Bulletproof
  17. 17. Batteries fail Hard drives crash Devices freeze Internet disappears
  18. 18. Two of everything Keep prototypes local Assume no technology
  19. 19. Two of Everything
  20. 20. Cameras
  21. 21. Cameras
  22. 22. Microphones
  23. 23. Microphones
  24. 24. Mobile devices
  25. 25. Mobile devices
  26. 26. Checklist
  27. 27. Pro Tip: Have a backup plan, and a backup for that Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 2014
  28. 28. Keep It Local Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 2014
  29. 29. Great for connecting to Internet
  30. 30. Internet doesn’t always play nice
  31. 31. Local storage
  32. 32. Local Storage  All assets on device  Can work offline  Easy to generate file Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 2014
  33. 33. How It Works 1. Go to http://westciv.com/tools/manifestR/ 2. Add the bookmarklet to your web browser 3. Visit your hosted prototype with the desktop browser (must be on a public web server) 4. Click the bookmarklet and get the code 5. Follow the on-screen instructions Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 2014
  34. 34. Generated Manifest File
  35. 35. Generated Manifest File
  36. 36. The HTML <!DOCTYPE HTML> <html manifest=”myapp.appcache"> <head> <title>Title of the document</title> </head> <body> The content of the document... </body> Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 2014
  37. 37. Pro Tip: Mobile networks are as reliable as the weatherman; be ready for that Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 2014
  38. 38. No Technology
  39. 39. Paper prototypes
  40. 40. Use basic supplies
  41. 41. Not limited in detail
  42. 42. Pro Tip: Be ready for any technology to fail, because it will Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road | Sept. 13, 2014
  43. 43. Wrap Up
  44. 44. Multiples of everything Keep prototypes local Plan for technology to fail
  45. 45. Thank You Will Hacker Sept. 13, 2014 willhacker.net @willhacker

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