With so many prototyping tools on the market today, how do we choose the best one? As Joe Salowitz (Director of Experience Innovation at Universal Mind) highlighted, there isn’t actually a best one, but only the best tool for your current objective.
Therefore, to get the best results from prototyping, we need to make use of arange of tools — each one at the right time.
“everyone should be skilled in multiple prototyping tools” (Joe)
Prototyping must save us money
…But wait a minute, using so many different tools to communicate these concepts seems to make prototyping quite expensive:
- $99 for a vector tool like Sketch for wireframing
- $29 per month to create click-through prototypes with Axure
- $129 for a layer interaction tool like Principle
Consequently, we need to be sure that these tools save us money in the long run since that is one of the main purposes of prototyping, to make it easy to fail fast:
Prototyping enables us to communicate ideas so we save time and money from investing in the poor ideas.
With that in mind, here are the most affordable tools you can get hold of today for the various areas of the prototyping process: