Sean May examines different aspects of usability and how they affect the world around us. This month: paper prototyping. User testing is important, but it can also be time consuming and costly. Paper prototyping helps relieve the pressure and enables testing to start early.
While the idea of applying UX and usability principles is becoming fairly widespread when it comes to software and website design, but in fields like video games, UX is still a fairly unexamined aspect of game development, especially in the early, even pre-prototype phases.