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.


    …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:


    Time to sharpen the sharpie!


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