Why should I do sketching?
One of the most valuable methods for UX designers to practice is sketching.
Below I will explain some of the benefits and why you should sketch, if you aren’t already doing it on a daily basis.
A common design project begins with someone that needs to solve a problem. The designer starts generating ideas to solve the problem. Imagine yourself getting a lot of ideas, that you think that will not solve the problem for your client. To create a great User Experience, you need to work together with your clients, and find their needs.
How do you explain and visualize your ideas?
Ideas are abstract and difficult to explain in words. This is where sketching is a great method (and in many other situations).
From idea to visualisation of the idea. A way to put your idea into the world and share it. A great way to get feedback and help your clients understand your idea, you can develop and edit your idea together with your clients. This help a lot creating a solution that fill your clients needs.
Do I need to make “great” and artistic sketches?
The answer is NO. If you are a UX designer you should be able to sketch lines and boxes, buttons and navigation and, so on. Get yourself a sketchbook that you like and a great pencil and carry it with you. Whenever you get an idea, make a quick sketch.
You can also use a graphic tablet if you prefer to make digital sketches. The only thing to think about before investing in such thing is that it’s a bit hard to carry around. I think a sketchbook is a great complement.
There are plenty of graphic tablets, this one is middle price and compatible with both Mac and PC:
Beautiful sketchbooks that makes you love to use them:-)
This book gives you a lot of inspiration and different methods to capture inspiration and ideas. It is a valuable source of knowledge for every UX designer. You can learn about how to combine symbols and lines to create your sketches. Here are also great advices about storyboards and how to gather inspiration.
How to sketch common interface elements?
And finally here is a short video tutorial that shows how to sketch the most common interface elements. I hope you feel that you know some more about why you should do sketches as a UX-designer and also feel free to ask questions in the comments field below. Thanks for reading.
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