Proto-tits ... Aza Raskin on Rapid Prototyping #MozNewsLab

This is a collection of top 10 wisdom tweets by the 63 participants of the Mozilla Knights News Learning Lab during the opening lecture by Aza Raskin @azaaza. on July,11 2011. Link to slides, video and other resources: http://bit.ly/nrBuFy

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  1. Aza Raskin needs no introduction - a kick ass design geek who is credited with Mozilla's awesome design, been on the cover boy of Wired mag and all set to change your health! Dude's got design in his genes

    Below is a hand curated list of 10 tweets from the 63 wacky participants of Knight Mozilla learning lab from all over the globe when @azaaza was dropping mind-bombs during the lecture.


    The opening idea:

    Building a startup is all about building a community. Find what truly disturbs/inspires you, and seek similar nut-heads like you. However small your user base/community may be, suck up to them. @azaaza puts it in an elegant way - an inspiring quote from Margaret Mead

  2. Your idea is GREAT in your head, but unfortunately there is no way for it to travel on own its and infect others. So you hijack the senses all the senses of your users and tunnel into their brain.


    That's called prototyping:

  3. So once you have a basic understanding of the needs of the targeted community, build something that the user can put his hands on. Because:

  4. There you have it!@azaaza immortalized in twitterverse as the man who said:

  5. Your prototype's design sits between you and the user. Unless it acts as the media of communication between you two - shit happens!

  6. (Yet another father-son-man-boob-joke to hammer in the need for communication)

  7. So how to do the prototyping Aza Rasking way?
  8. A more detailed recipe for that perfect cake:


    Ingredients:
    1. HTML5
    2. CSS3
    3. jQuery

    Process:
    1. Your first try will be wrong. Budget and design for it.

    2. Aim to finish a usable artifact in a day. Iterate fast, dogfood much.

    3. You are making a touchable sketch. Do not fill in all the lines.

    4. You are iterating your solution as well as your understanding of the problem.

    5. Treat your code as throw-away, but be ready to refactor.

    6. Steal it

    7.Tell a story with your prototype. It isn"t just a set of features.


    Our lab moderator @phillipadsmith has 10 minute video showing to give you the feel.

  9. However don't get the idea that its all rosy from there. Chances are that you'll be covered in blood and sweat as you hit brick walls along the way. Remember Dr. Randy Pausch

    The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.

    (great designers think alike?)

    Angels forbid, if a stage comes when nothing works and you feel like you've hit the dead end, you'll realize:


  10. And that's the zen moment when you'll realize the real power of prototyping. It empowers you to hack your learning rate with short spans of iteration, failing forward and re-asking the question. If your solution needs a magnum opus, you are solving the wrong problem.

    Now what was the impact of this mind-fucking talk? 63 hacks/hackers were so high from their mere mortal surroundings, that it earned them ample of frowns for the rest of the day.


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