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Slack community for Design Sprints (and 4 posts about prototyping)

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December 11 · Issue #5 · View online
Design Sprint Newsletter
Howdy,
People have been suggesting this for a while. And now that it’s up and running I can see why everybody thought it was such a good idea. I’ve been testing it for a couple weeks and it’s already a great resource—I thought I would just be answering people’s questions but I’ve also learned a bunch of cool techniques from others.
Membership costs $49/year (and will go up to $99/year in 2018). I’ll do my best to make it more than worth your money. But if you can’t afford it, follow the link and get in touch and we’ll figure something out.
Now here’s something that’s absolutely free: 4 posts about prototyping.

1. Amazing design sprint prototype examples
This post has some really cool examples I’ve been using in my talks lately, including an augmented reality prototype and a granola bar prototype. Read on the AJ&Smart blog.

2. When IDEO starts with prototyping
One common complaint about design sprints comes from designers: It’s too fast! That’s why I liked this post from IDEO about the benefits of starting with prototypes. Making designers uncomfortable can be a good thing. Read on the IDEO blog.

3. Keynotopia templates are now available for Google Slides
Normally, I wouldn’t tell my worst enemy to prototype something in Google Slides. But some people have had good luck with it. And Keynotopia, which offers really useful templates for Keynote and Powerpoint, just came out with tools for those slide giants’ nerdy little brother. Read on Medium.

4. Fake designs yield real results
Okay, this post isn’t exactly about prototyping. But it’s a great read from a great designer, Daniel Burka, about how he got his start by getting lots of reps doing fake design work. Read on Medium.

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Talk to you soon!
—Jake
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