UIEtips: Applying Comics

Jared Spool

March 13th, 2013

In this week’s UIEtips Kevin Cheng discusses how to communicate ideas using comics and sketches.

Here’s an excerpt from the article

Having everybody reading the requirements document before a project starts isn’t just bureaucratic nonsense; it also ensures there are no surprises at the end. The problem is that requirements documents use words like “community,” “leverage,” “user-generated content,” or other buzzwords du jour that seem meaningful but are rife with ambiguities.

Each person develops his or her own interpretation of what these words and phrases mean and thinks everyone else’s interpretation is the same as his or her own. “These requirements look good,” thinks the marketer. “Yep, looks about right to me,” agrees the product manager. “Alright, I’ll go build it according to this document then,” says the engineer.

If instead, a comic illustrating the story of how someone may potentially use the product were shared among the team, it would be much easier to determine if everyone were on the same page.

Read the article: Applying Comics.

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