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prototyping theatre

a puppet show approach to prototyping and user testing. User interface elements, such as screens and widgets are held up in the theatre, by hand or with sticks, to demonstrate how the screen works. Multiple puppeteers are needed for complex demonstrations. In a user test, users watch the show and give instructions for how they would like to use the interface. The technique doesn’t work well for freeform editors, such as text editing or drawing, but can work well for fixed sets of screens and especially games with limited objects moving about on the screen.