All successful websites need a good user experience if you want to keep new visitors engaged. It’s sometimes easier said than done, though, to create effective UX. The best solution is to sketch out design ideas before you have your web designers go to work. How can you sketch out your user experience in the most efficient way? UX sketching has become more popular in companies for the sake of avoiding changes after the work is done.
Read on to learn more about the most common UX sketching techniques and tools.
Even filmmakers still use a method that’s been around in Hollywood for decades: Storyboards. UX sketching is somewhat similar, giving a basic prototype to what the final product is going to look like.
In the world of film, it’s all about creating individual sketches to map out how a director is going to approach each scene. Your web design team isn’t much different, even though they’ll generally sketch their design all in one place.
It’s not always this way, however. The first stage is always hand sketching since it frees your designers of any technical limitations. During this initial stage, you’ll want to get your ideas down on paper and not worry about perfections.
The next stages might look like this:
- High fidelity sketches that are more detailed so you can present them to potential users or clients. During this stage, you’ll show the design style of your webpages, including the shape of buttons.
- Taking images of paper sketches and turning them into digital prototypes. This can often help bring more subtle sketch ideas like elevation and shadow effects.
- Using colored paper to represent the UX’s theme colors. Doing this can better determine color shades if any of the paper sketch ink smears.
- Making copies of the paper sketches and testing various color schemes on the copies to save time.
While paper sketching is still effective, many use digital means like iPhone stensil to do their sketching. Yet, many continue to sketch on paper for as long as possible and use other techniques to refine the drawings.
As an example, many sketch out the wireframe of the design on ordinary paper after the preliminary sketches for a better idea of how to put things together.
They also add annotations so the design team can refer to them when looking at the initial design copies. Using darker pens also help in creating sketch layers.
It helps to start with your sketch on a mobile device first, then build up to a big-screen desktop. Doing so lets you envision what your UX would look like on mobile screens.
A lot of newer digital tools are on the market now to improve UX prototyping. Brands like Invision Studio’s Design platform and Sketch are some of the interactive sketching tools available in recent months. Many of these are useful, but doing initial low-fidelity sketching on paper or a surface is still imperative. Whiteboards are still used as well, yet they’re usually very expensive and complicated to install. What if you could use a new form of whiteboard letting you combine preliminary sketches with more detailed sketching?
No doubt you’ve tried whiteboards for sketching before and found them mostly convenient. Even so, you’ve likely encountered problems in installing them, including requiring power tools to secure them in place. Another issue was perhaps wall cracks, creating uneven whiteboard surfaces and potentially ruining your work.
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