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rapid prototyping

quickly generating mockups of what a system will look like. Rapid prototyping may be done with paper prototyping methods, such as with quick sketches, or with techniques like video prototyping or wizard of oz prototyping. Rapid prototyping systems are software systems, such as HyperCard, Director, or RAD tools, that let you quickly display interface elements and define some behavior for them to obtain a sense of the interaction and the capabilities of the fully-implemented system. These prototypes are useful for determining the target of the development project, doing many types of user testing, and spotting unanticipated complexities in the design.