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What is a storyboard?

A storyboard is a visual representation of how a user will interact with an application or interface. A storyboard is also used to demonstrate the process that the user will go through when using a product. Storyboards can be useful for determining user requirements of a product and are displayed in a narrative and chronological form.

Benefits of a storyboard

A storyboard can be beneficial in usability testing. Before usability testing, experts often predict how they believe users will react and interact with a software application. A storyboard can also be created to help plan the different steps of the usability test. Once usability testing has been performed, the results can be compared to the predictions shown on the original story board. Modifications are often made to the product or prototype that has been tested in order to improve the usability and experience for users.

How to create a storyboard

Storyboards are created by making paper or virtual slides, which display the different steps of the intended interaction between a user and a product. For example, the first picture may display a person going to their computer and the second might show them opening up the browser and typing in the website URL. The third might show them clicking on a call to action button and the story continues until the entire process has been displayed. Then a focus group can be formed to analyze these ideas and point out potential issues in the design. The storyboard should be modifiable and the duration of time it will take depends on how complex and detailed the scenario is.

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