Quick, Useful
UI Sketches
September 18, 2013
Opodz offers desk space and bandwidth in a well-designed collaborative work
environment serving Downtown LoS Angeles in th...
Lane Halley
lane@lanehalley.com
@thinknow
• Why sketch?
• Types of sketches
• Sketching materials
• Grids, containers and functional groupings
• Your personal UI sh...
What’s a sketch?
“A sketch is a rapidly executed freehand
drawing that is not usually intended as
a finished work.”
— Wiki...
• Record what you see
• Explore ideas quickly
• Demonstrate ideas to others
Why sketch?
Sketches are “sketchy”
Sketching is a
core design skill.
Many kinds of sketches
• Visual recording
• Sketchnotes
• Storyboards
• Concept sketches
• UI sketches
http://leanuxnyc.co/nyc/a-visual-recording-of-leanuxnyc/
Visual Recording
Sketchnote
Sketch by C Todd Lombardo @iamctodd
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3224/3634514075_ce82b9eedc_o.jpg
Storyboard
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3224/3634514075_ce82b9eedc_o.jpg
Concept sketches
UI sketch
Sketch by Ray DeLaPena @rayraydel
UI sketching is a
core skill for
product teams.
“When a designer and PM are out of
sync, it’s because one of them has
gotten ahead of the other in some
way. ...The way to...
Sketching helps
everyone get on
the same page.
UI sketches help teams
• Explore options quickly
• Externalize thinking
• Share understanding
• Feel ownership
Everyone can draw.
Be fearless!
Drawing tools
Surfaces
• Printer paper
• Grid paper
• Whiteboard
• Notebook(s)
The right notebook?
Let’s cover the basics...
• The pencil is powerful!
• Primitives
• Container and grid
• Functional groupings
• Your person...
You can draw almost
anything using basic shape
primitives (circle, square,
line, squiggle)
The pencil has great dynamic
range. Your lines can be faint
or strong. Thick or thin.
Warm-up time!
Let’s draw some shapes.
• Draw a page of squares
• Draw a page of circles
• Draw a page of short parallel lines
Get your pencils ready!
Reverse wireframing
• Quickly sketch an existing interface
• See and understand UIs better
• Develop sketching skills in i...
Visual shorthand
Sketch by Chris Risdon @chrisrisdon
Semantic sketching
• Headings
• Body copy
• Images
• Form elements
• Controls
12 column grid
http://twitter.github.io/bootstrap/examples/hero.html
http://alefeuvre.github.io/foundation-grid-displayer/
functional groupings
http://twitter.github.io/bootstrap/examples/hero.html
http://alefeuvre.github.io/foundation-grid-disp...
functional groupings (responsive)
Tip: Work from the outside in
• Draw the outside box first
• Create guides or a grid
• Place large elements first
• Add de...
Ready?
Here’s exercise #1
Tip: Plan your sketch
• Aspect ratio
• Grid or columns
• Functional groupings
Basic vocabulary
• How will you quickly draw
• Headings (big, medium, small)
• Body copy
• Images
• Buttons and links
Use your new vocabulary
to sketch exercise #2
Now you’re warmed up
Do three in a row!
Extended vocabulary
How will you quickly draw
• Text input & label
• Combo box
• Checkboxes & radio buttons
• Scrollbar
Let’s practice form
elements. Here are three
more screens.
Title Text
Extra Line
The next one’s tricky, but
you’re ready for it!
Here’s the last one.
Focus on the structure.
Congratulations!
Keep sketching and you’ll
continue to improve.
Further vocabulary
• Accordion
• Carousel
• Media player
• And ...?
Here are some of the
ways I use sketching.
Talking sketch
Show and discuss alternatives
Designer / developer pairing
Wireframe walkthrough
Making your mark
• Notebooks
• Drawing kit
• Tablet software
A few books that have
inspired me.
Show off your new skillz!!
#uisketch
How to Draw Quick, Useful UI Sketches
How to Draw Quick, Useful UI Sketches
How to Draw Quick, Useful UI Sketches
How to Draw Quick, Useful UI Sketches
How to Draw Quick, Useful UI Sketches
How to Draw Quick, Useful UI Sketches
How to Draw Quick, Useful UI Sketches
How to Draw Quick, Useful UI Sketches
How to Draw Quick, Useful UI Sketches
How to Draw Quick, Useful UI Sketches
How to Draw Quick, Useful UI Sketches
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In this workshop, I'll lead you through a series of exercises which help you learn to draw good-looking, quick, useful, user interface (UI) sketches, followed by examples of how I use sketching in my projects.

As I've embraced Agile and Lean Startup methods, I've learned to adapt my UX practice so it is more QUICK, VISUAL, COLLABORATIVE and CONTINUOUS. Learning how to quickly sketch screen layouts and user interface (UI) elements helps me think through design problems, communicate ideas to other people, collaborate, and reduce the need for pixel-perfect deliverables.

Workshop at Opodz, September 18, 2013
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How to Draw Quick, Useful UI Sketches

  1. 1. Quick, Useful UI Sketches September 18, 2013
  2. 2. Opodz offers desk space and bandwidth in a well-designed collaborative work environment serving Downtown LoS Angeles in the Little Tokyo/Arts District.
  3. 3. Lane Halley lane@lanehalley.com @thinknow
  4. 4. • Why sketch? • Types of sketches • Sketching materials • Grids, containers and functional groupings • Your personal UI shorthand Tonight you will learn
  5. 5. What’s a sketch? “A sketch is a rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not usually intended as a finished work.” — Wikipedia
  6. 6. • Record what you see • Explore ideas quickly • Demonstrate ideas to others Why sketch?
  7. 7. Sketches are “sketchy”
  8. 8. Sketching is a core design skill.
  9. 9. Many kinds of sketches • Visual recording • Sketchnotes • Storyboards • Concept sketches • UI sketches
  10. 10. http://leanuxnyc.co/nyc/a-visual-recording-of-leanuxnyc/ Visual Recording
  11. 11. Sketchnote Sketch by C Todd Lombardo @iamctodd
  12. 12. http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3224/3634514075_ce82b9eedc_o.jpg Storyboard
  13. 13. http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3224/3634514075_ce82b9eedc_o.jpg Concept sketches
  14. 14. UI sketch Sketch by Ray DeLaPena @rayraydel
  15. 15. UI sketching is a core skill for product teams.
  16. 16. “When a designer and PM are out of sync, it’s because one of them has gotten ahead of the other in some way. ...The way to fix this is deceptively simple: product people should sketch together. “ — Joshua Porter (@bokardo)
  17. 17. Sketching helps everyone get on the same page.
  18. 18. UI sketches help teams • Explore options quickly • Externalize thinking • Share understanding • Feel ownership
  19. 19. Everyone can draw. Be fearless!
  20. 20. Drawing tools
  21. 21. Surfaces • Printer paper • Grid paper • Whiteboard • Notebook(s)
  22. 22. The right notebook?
  23. 23. Let’s cover the basics... • The pencil is powerful! • Primitives • Container and grid • Functional groupings • Your personal visual shorthand
  24. 24. You can draw almost anything using basic shape primitives (circle, square, line, squiggle)
  25. 25. The pencil has great dynamic range. Your lines can be faint or strong. Thick or thin.
  26. 26. Warm-up time! Let’s draw some shapes.
  27. 27. • Draw a page of squares • Draw a page of circles • Draw a page of short parallel lines Get your pencils ready!
  28. 28. Reverse wireframing • Quickly sketch an existing interface • See and understand UIs better • Develop sketching skills in isolation from solving design problems
  29. 29. Visual shorthand Sketch by Chris Risdon @chrisrisdon
  30. 30. Semantic sketching • Headings • Body copy • Images • Form elements • Controls
  31. 31. 12 column grid http://twitter.github.io/bootstrap/examples/hero.html http://alefeuvre.github.io/foundation-grid-displayer/
  32. 32. functional groupings http://twitter.github.io/bootstrap/examples/hero.html http://alefeuvre.github.io/foundation-grid-displayer/ http://evernote.com/skitch/
  33. 33. functional groupings (responsive)
  34. 34. Tip: Work from the outside in • Draw the outside box first • Create guides or a grid • Place large elements first • Add details and emphasis last
  35. 35. Ready? Here’s exercise #1
  36. 36. Tip: Plan your sketch • Aspect ratio • Grid or columns • Functional groupings
  37. 37. Basic vocabulary • How will you quickly draw • Headings (big, medium, small) • Body copy • Images • Buttons and links
  38. 38. Use your new vocabulary to sketch exercise #2
  39. 39. Now you’re warmed up Do three in a row!
  40. 40. Extended vocabulary How will you quickly draw • Text input & label • Combo box • Checkboxes & radio buttons • Scrollbar
  41. 41. Let’s practice form elements. Here are three more screens.
  42. 42. Title Text Extra Line
  43. 43. The next one’s tricky, but you’re ready for it!
  44. 44. Here’s the last one. Focus on the structure.
  45. 45. Congratulations! Keep sketching and you’ll continue to improve.
  46. 46. Further vocabulary • Accordion • Carousel • Media player • And ...?
  47. 47. Here are some of the ways I use sketching.
  48. 48. Talking sketch
  49. 49. Show and discuss alternatives
  50. 50. Designer / developer pairing
  51. 51. Wireframe walkthrough
  52. 52. Making your mark • Notebooks • Drawing kit • Tablet software
  53. 53. A few books that have inspired me.
  54. 54. Show off your new skillz!! #uisketch

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