Sketching provides a baseline of understanding. #attitude In the room well have a designer, a front end dev, back end #fuzzy dev, project, and product (me) people plus possibly a client or two. At the idea stage you have words in the air. The problemJoshua Kahn with words in the air is that everyone attaches their ownProduct Line Mgr at Best Buy #transparent picture of what those words look like. The sketch, especially if its viewable by everyone, grounds the discussion Sketching provides a and immediately reveals gaps in reality or gaps between baseline of understanding. everyones interpretation of the concept. It helps me a great deal personally, since Im not a developer, I #structured can go down trails that are more based on "computer magic" than the actual capability of the tech. A sketch allows developers to course correct me. #speed #accuracy In short, the tangibility of sketches gets the group more quickly and accurately to the thing.Nov 2011
During meetings and standups and brainstorming sessions I sketch on white boards and paper to make sure that Im on #fuzzy the same page with people about planned interactions or interfaces. I also like to print out interfaces weve already designed and then cover parts of them with post-its and drawAbi Jones what should be there instead. As you can see, the visual #transparentDesigner at Google design for Google Search isnt too complex, so I can move pretty quickly from a sketch to a relatively high-ﬁdelity mock. I should note that not everyone at Google is a sketcher. Im just not very In other cases I might sketch with snagit or photoshop (really fast with Photoshop, so I like rough work) and then an engineer will make a working #structured to draw things ﬁrst. prototype based on that rough. For my current project Im in a room with the entire team, so my sketches and mocks are up on the walls and we can all stand up and look at the board and discuss the #speed ﬂow of the interface and the interactions that take place. #attitude Its nice because standing up is informal, but it is also important that when you present sketches you have a #accuracy recorder who can get all of the feedback for the meeting.Nov 2011
Sketching is where everyone found common ground and #attitude made the project workable. We created a small, immersive educational game to educate #fuzzy students interested in aspects of successful deer hunting. TheEdward Cossette initial concept ﬁt into a single sketch. More sketches wereUX Mgr at Kalkomey Enterprises #transparent made, those turned to wireframes, wireframes and documentation informed the illustrator, content and game The game design started design. #structured with a single sketch. As for the team, each person worked remote, with limited availability, and sketching was the keystone in communicating. Sketching served as balance between a #speed verbose and academic education designer, prone to 3500- #accuracyShoot or Don’t Shoot word emails, and a programmer, prone to single-line emails.http://www.hunter-ed.com/Nov 2011
Big ideas.Communicate that you understand.Capture and do something with it.Be bold and sketch.
make prototypes, not promisesmake designs, not documentscollaborate, don’t litigatepartner, don’t just providemake contacts, not contractsmake friends, not war
make prototypes, not promisesmake designs, not documentscollaborate, don’t litigatepartner, don’t just providemake contacts, not contractsmake friends, not war The collaboration required for group sketching also develops relationships that are more capable