Sticky Notes, Walls & Whiteboards for Team Ideas

Bob Moll
Bob Moll

This post was previously on the Pathfinder Software site. Pathfinder Software changed its name to Orthogonal in 2016. Read more.

In the age of hi-fi tools, low-fi tools still have their place and a very important place. But when should you go with low-fi? Here are some insights.

Team Involvement
When team participation is needed low-fi methods are almost always the best. Everyone can relate to and use a whiteboard, markers and sticky notes. Also, with low-fi tools people can easily work together or in teams. This creates a productive chemistry and a fun environment.

When it comes to developing initial product concepts, more simple iterations usually outperform fewer complex iterations. To iterate fast, low-fi is the way to go.

Risk Management
When a design task is likely to result in something being thrown out, stick to low-fi visualizations of the ideas. When there isn’t a lot invested, it’s easier to let go of something that doesn’t work and have budget left to find out what does.

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