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Carolyn Snyder

Carolyn Snyder is an independent consultant who specializes in usability
testing and paper prototyping. She spent the first decade of her career as a
software engineer and project manager for a building controls company. After
her epiphany that real people had to use what she designed, she became a
usability specialist. Carolyn has a BS in Computer Science from the
University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Her book
Paper Prototyping was published in April 2003. She lives 40 miles north of
Boston in the "Live Free or Die" state of New Hampshire with her fiance and
several other critters. Her web site is



Paper prototyping lets you conduct informal usability tests with real users early in a project, before the design is cast in concrete code. This article provides background and gives you six signs that your project could benefit from paper prototyping.