Why you should always use prototypes instead of mockups!
🚫Mockups aren’t the best solution Designers generally create site designs using Sketch, XD, Figma —using multiple artboards to show different pages, hover states, and screen sizes. Then, after repeated discussion among stakeholders (and awaiting approval), designs are either implemented by the designer or passed off to an unrelated developer. This is inefficient. Repetitious back-and-forth can easily increase development time several-fold. The remedy, as you may have guessed, is to replace mockups with a fully-functioning prototype—in this case, an actual interactive product.
👊🏻Prototypes are closer to the final product
When a prototype is approved by the client, it’s incredibly fast to wrap up the product and have a final deliverable because the prototype was nearly deliverable, to begin with. Avoid making the just static images on designs while functional stuff that the stakeholders can interact with.
🍎Working prototypes offer huge benefits over mockups, and can significantly improve the designer workflow. With designs that work from day one, you can reduce back-and-forth and recapture what it is you love about design.
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