The 5 Dimensions of Prototype Fidelity

How well does what I’m designing represent the final product?

Kyle Murphy
Jan 10, 2019 · 8 min read
“Hi-fi” (high-fidelity) audio equipment gives listeners the impression they’re sitting near the orchestra. It’s high content fidelity but low visual fidelity. Images courtesy of the author.

The product design process suffers when individuals and teams fail to intentionally apply fidelity to a prototype. Fidelity doesn’t just mean “visual quality.” Designers must lead and product teams must help control five dimensions of every prototype.

What is prototype…