Using Mockups in Design

Mockups are an essential tool in any design process or business. A scale or full size prototype will help the design team to get feedback, as well as testing a design. Designers in any industry use them – from engineers working on the newest aircraft or space rockets, through to designers working on new fashion lines.

Using a mock up allows designers or design teams to make changes simply and quickly, as soon as changes are required or improvements identified, rather than making those changes once the product or item is already being built or constructed. At this stage of the process it will cost a lot more time and money to make changes, if they are even possible at all. They are therefore really important parts of the product development process.

A mockup can be something as simple as a sketch showing the layout or design of a product, right through to a full size scale working model or prototype.

Mockups aren’t limited to usage only by professionals or large companies, whatever you are designing from packaging through to t-shirts, they are key and essential. By using websites which offer mock up templates, you can enhance your designs and drafts, and save yourself time and money.

Another great use of mockups is to build relationships with potential clients or customers. Sometimes it can be really hard to imagine what a product will look like, but with the use of mock ups, you can show these potential business connections what the finished product will look like, preventing you from sending products to the production line which may not sell, and also showing them what they would be buying, and perhaps even get them to order more products or place larger orders.

Top uses of mockups:

Mockups are often used in architecture. The mockups allow for the designers and other people involved in the project to check various selections such as materials and designs, and allow for changes to be made before a stage where costs would be incurred. The mockups can also be used for performance testing, such as water penetration around window or door installations.

Software engineering uses mockups regularly. It is a key component of ensuring the user interfaces are user friendly but without having to build the whole software underneath.

Furniture design uses mockups to ensure that the product is as aesthetically pleasing as planned when built. It is also really important when bespoke or custom furniture is required. It can be mocked up with cheaper materials to ensure that everything will fit where it should and operate as planned but without being built or constructed using the expensive materials that the final product will be made from. Colours, designs and finishes can be reflected in a mockup, details which won’t be accurately reflected in a 2 dimensional drawing or sketch.

Mockups are not only essential as part of the design process to ensure that end products are going to turn out as planned, but they really can save time and money as the cost of changing something which has already gone into production is usually a lot more expensive than the cost of the mockup.