Some thoughts about prototyping, particularly the creation of product fictions using visualization tools, rapid prototyping and the internet to disseminate ideas.
“At a site called Idealist, designers upload images of fictional products that they concoct in 3D rendering software, and post for critique…in the form of everyone’s favorite internet metric: voting. Here, Lego’s Ice Bricks ice cube tray has garnered 224 votes, while Anna Lopez’s Cario Notebook—a catastrophically bad idea—has tallied up a mere 12.”
Adobe – Design Center : Creative gesture or vapid prototyping? The importance of fictional products