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Storyboarding & Prototyping

Storyboards are panels that depict the sequence of information, events, and commands that must be represented in a product’s user interface. Storyboards are a form of low-fidelity prototype. Storyboards that describe the flow and interaction of websites or software are also called wire-frames. Other prototypes can be developed to increase the fidelity of the interaction and the look and feel – anything from hand-drawn sketches to foam-core models to interactive software screens. They are useful for solidifying design concepts and collecting feedback in usability evaluations.

So often, people don’t really know what they want  -- or what they like -- until they see it on a screen. Prototype simulations give reviewers that much-needed visual experience. And it costs relatively little to change design direction at the prototype stage.

What We Do

We develop storyboards or some level of prototype for every design we do. Whether to get client review for design mockups or end-user evaluation before production, prototypes are an integral part of our method.

What You Get

Storyboards or wire-frames are usually developed on paper and then transferred to a shared electronic medium such as PowerPoint slides. Prototypes depend on the item being developed – models for handheld devices, static mockups or interactive HTML screens for software, etc. We often develop prototype screens in Microsoft Visio but will adapt our tools to meet your needs as appropriate.


Benchmark Research & Safety, Inc. is a human factors and ergonomics consulting firm that specializes in usability, user-centered design, product safety, warnings, expert witnessing, research (design, ethnographic, perceptual) and training. Benchmark Research & Safety, Inc. is one of the few multi-capability firms in the Northwest - headquartered in Moscow, Idaho with branch offices in Boise and Rigby, Idaho; Portland, Oregon; and Grand Junction, Colorado.