prototype an app in 15 minutes

Not a graphic designer, coder, interaction designer, or developer? Think you can’t prototype an app?

Think again.

With fifteen minutes and a pair of scissors we’ll show you how to prototype an app.


Printer, scissors, pen

Printer, scissors, pen


Step 1: Come up with your basic concept

Don’t have one already brewing? Use this quick activity we call “the mashup” to help you come up with an idea to practice on.

Choose one item from column A and one item from column B to help you fill in this madlib:

This app is a _________________ (A) service/ app for ___________________ (B)


Column A:

  • Food delivery

  • Dating

  • Collaboration

  • Hotel booking

  • Route planning

Column B:

  • Dog lovers

  • New parents

  • 80-year-olds

  • Deaf teenagers

  • Introverts


Step 2: Create your template

A: Download and print this template.

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B: Cut long the red lines

Tip: to cut the phone lines, fold the image in half, so the top meets the bottom, then cut in from the center.

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STEP 3: Draw three screens in the three boxes in the grid

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STEP 4: Thread your boxes through the screen to create your prototype

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STEP 5: Give yourself a high five!

You just build an app! Now go show it to someone to get some feedback on your idea.

Checkout this gallery of paper prototypes!


Upload your on Instagram and use the tag #paperprototypes to be featured in our gallery!