UIEtips: Why We Sketch

Jared Spool

March 27th, 2013

In this week’s UIEtips, I discuss how great designers use sketching for notetaking, to convey their ideas in meetings, to record their conversations with their co-workers, and to support their design research.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Words are powerful, but sometimes they don’t cut it. We can try to describe what we’re imagining, but a diagram often gets us to a common ground quicker.

As our team has been studying the skills of great designers, we’ve seen sketching emerge as a theme. All of the best designers we’ve met sketch. They are comfortable picking up a pen or pencil and putting it to paper (or, in many cases, whiteboard).

Read the article: Why We Sketch.

Do you have a success story about how sketching helped you or your team achieve a goal? Share your success story below.

One Response to “UIEtips: Why We Sketch”

  1. Nick Bowmast Says:

    Hi Jared. Great article and it sounds like an interesting study into what makes designers hum.

    I’ve been using sketching during UX research in a couple of ways too;

    In this article I wrote there’s an example, in this case a patient journey through a hospital, which was a fantastic way to socialise the content of interviews.

    http://www.userexperience.co.nz/2012/11/sketching-customer-journeys/

    …another context where I’ve found sketching (as opposed to polished infographics) to be great is in sharing research findings with groups, visualising processes, relationships, themes etc.

    Some examples here:

    http://www.userexperience.co.nz/2011/10/visualising-ux-research/

    Time to sharpen the sharpie!

    Nick

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