Wanted to ask the community what they would look for in a Prototyper that is specialized in prototyping for User Experience. Here's a couple specific things I am trying to gauge (but feel free to cover things not listed).
In this situation, the hire would be under a lead designer and would be prototyping up future concepts (both immediate functionality and more often next generation UX improvements/features) for both user testing and internal discussion, and as always happens with these types of prototypes, sales demos.
Are there any specific skills/Keywords you would look for to help differentiate them from a regular front end engineer/Prototyper for general POC engineering?
- From the perspective of we are looking for a prototyper with User Experience design skills rather than a Interaction Designer with prototyping skills
- The best situation is of course a Interaction/UX Designer that it brilliant at coding as well, but those are few and far between. As this persons main roll would be prototyping out designs from a lead designer, we are weighting the coding skills over the design skills.
What specific questions would you ask in the first phone interview to better understand the users UX and UX prototyping ability.
- I would appreciate specific examples of "Situational" questions you have asked.
- Specific questions that helped you verify the skill/keywords you listed above.
When do you feel its appropriate to ask for a code sample for review
- The reason I ask is the code will reveal quite a bit, ie. if I see dreamweaver image preloaders, I can assume that this person isn't comfortable hand coding and creating new interactions that arn't pre-existing
- Prototyping is a specialty that doesn't need to be perfect code, as stated quick is better, but it also needs to be sustainable so it can be iterated on quickly. Additionally, even quick code can be organised nicely which may point to a better understanding and better hire
- Candidate should be able to defend their code decisions and why decision X made the prototype quicker and allow for iteration even though its not how you would do it in a production environment.