Wooden iPhone Model bringing context to paper prototyping

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Simple, effective, elegant.

More interactions with technology are occurring on mobile devices, but the nature of lo-fi user testing means that prototyping these interactions is done at a table or other stationary position. Why not create a more natural use case for testing lo-fi paper prototypes with a physical device that can be held in the hand? Paper screens can be swapped easily and are held in place by magnets inside the model.


  • Laser cut a scale model of an iPhone 7 out of plywood
  • Front panel contains a cutout for the screen
  • Back panel is held to front panel with small magnets
  • A clear plastic panel (also laser-cut) serves as a removable “screen”
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