Collaborative Sketching for UX

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Collaborative Sketching for UX Robert Stribley 02/19/14

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Arguably, we’ve been sketching for eons

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But now, we’re sketching more than ever IdeaPaint Inc makes a paint that turns any surface into a whiteboard Its sales have doubled every year since introduced in 2008 More than ? its business is in the workplace See “Doodling for Dollars,” Wall Street Journal, April 24, 2012

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Why sketch? Enable communication Make abstract concepts concrete Iterate on ideas Jumpstart collaboration Ensure recollection Humanize ideas

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What can I sketch? Home pages Category pages Product pages Wizards & widgets Search results Process Flows Anything, really

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And there’s so much more to sketch for … Smartphones Tablets Google Glass iWatches Responsive design Ubiquitous computing

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Who can sketch? Information architects Interaction designers Graphic designers Content strategists Project managers Business analysts Functional analysts Developers Client directors

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Really, anyone can sketch Cartoon by XKCD

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A few ways we sketch at Razorfish: Solo Sketch to comp Communicate to client Storyboarding As a team – collaboratively

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What sketching isn’t … Sketching isn’t only for designers Sketching isn’t difficult Sketching isn’t drawing You needn’t be Michelangelo to participate

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However, we can learn from the pros

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Who often begin with a sketch

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Adding layers, detail, color

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Until they complete their masterpiece

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A Quick Case Study

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Any idea what this is a sketch of?

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“twttr sketch” Twitter.com Twitter [This sketch] has very special significance – it's hanging in the office somewhere with one other page. Whenever I'm thinking about something, I really like to take out the yellow notepad and get it down. – Jack Dorsey, Twitter

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Some Advice from the Experts

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“The great benefit of drawing is that when you look at something, you see it for the first time.” - Milton Glaser

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“There are techniques and processes whereby we can put experience front and center in design. My belief is that the basis for doing so lies in extending the traditional practice of sketching.” - Bill Buxton

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Attributes of a Sketch Quick Timely Inexpensive Disposable Plentiful Clear vocabulary Distinct gesture Minimal detail Appropriate degree of refinement Suggest & explore rather than confirm Ambiguity Bill Buxton Sketching User Experiences

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"There is no more powerful way to prove that we know something well than to draw a simple picture of it. And there is no more powerful way to see hidden solutions than to pick up a pen and draw out the pieces of our problem." Dan Roam The Back of the Napkin

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Collaborative Sketching

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For the purposes of today’s workshop, sketching is … Quick Simple Collaborative

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All the tools you need: Paper Sharpies Photo by JasonTank, Flickr

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Defining Collaborative Sketching Origins Rooted in Design Studio Methodology Grew out of industrial design and architecture No “rockstars” Different versions/methods For example, Todd Zaki Warfel, Message First, talks about … Create. Pitch. Critique. 6.8.5 game

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Methodology Sketch Limit your time Don’t worry about mistakes or style Goals Benefit from the participation of your colleagues Communicate ideas effectively by visualizing them Quickly generate ideas and refine through iterations

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Process: Discuss Sketch Share Revise

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Discuss Discuss the experience you’re sketching What’s its purpose? What features are necessary? How would you prioritize them? What’s the audience? However, you are not discussing layout or design Just the problem you’re trying to solve No sketching yet

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Sketch Sketch silently Limit your time – 5, 10 minutes Sketch as much has possible, as many different ideas as possible Emphasis is on quantity of ideas not quality of sketches

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Share Review your work with your team Keep it short – 60 seconds each You provide feedback to others What you like Questions about didn’t work for you You’re not grilling your colleagues and this is not a competition

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Revise Now begin your wireframe with a more informed view, more and better ideas And sketch again if you need to

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Now, it’s your turn

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Our Exercise

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What to do?

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Our Exercise: A home page for Events.com A website for finding local events Listed by category Listed by date Listed by … what else? Who is the audience? Locals Tourists Event promoters

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Also, consider other event sites you’re familiar with. This will be your “competitive analysis”

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In teams, sketch your ideas Take 10 minutes to discuss what features belong here Sketch your ideas silently for 10 minutes Share your sketches with your team Sketch again, incorporating what you learned from others Discuss Sketch Share Revise Our Exercise:

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Our Exercise: Take 10 minutes to discuss what features belong here

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Our Exercise: 2. Sketch your ideas silently for 10 minutes

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Our Exercise: 3. Share your sketches with your team

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Our Exercise: Sketch again, incorporating what you learned from others

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Some Resources

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Sketching Tools The following apps are all for the iPad: Adobe Ideas Bamboo Paper Muji Notebook Penultimate SketchBook Pro Paper

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Prototyping AppSeed Currently in development, this Kickstarter project lets you to turn your app sketches into working mobile prototypes “Sketching is simply the fastest way to test ideas and visually brainstorm” – Greg Goralski, AppSeed creator

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Introduction to Design Studio Methodology http://uxmag.com/articles/introduction-to-design-studio-methodology The Design Studio Method – Presentation by Todd Zaki Warfel https://vimeo.com/37861987 Further Study

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