As a Designer many people presume I would easily be able to sketch some concepts that are:
- Visually attractive – designed so they are ready to showcase for a client
- Clear and concise so clients and stakeholders alike can understand the design/s without explanation
- Detailed enough to pop in my portfolio
Sadly this is not the case. I have always produced sketches but I am more of a digital designer, a lover of vectors and on-screen visuals. I produce low fidelity sketches which are for my eyes only before I move on to my Mac to mockup high fidelity visuals using my (very sketchy) sketches.
Whilst interning at BoxUK I have had the opportunity to work with the User Experience team on a number of projects, many sketch their low fidelity designs and they passed on a few tips to me.
These tips are very simple, but very helpful…
- Use ‘6-ups’ and ‘1-ups’. 6-ups are used to quickly sketch multiple versions of a page or a feature quickly, 1-ups are used to refine the designs produced using the best design on the 6-up or bits of a number of designs. I downloaded the ‘up’s’ from the Adaptive Path blog, here are the templates as PDF’s: 6-up template and 1-up template
- When using markers, always lean on something – you don’t want to leave multiple lines and scribbles all over the super unmarked white desks at BoxUK!
- Select a colour set of markers, for eg: cool greys, warm greys, ice greys etc…
- Do not waste time reproducing a ‘feature’ of a page, for example, if the header has been designed, just write ‘header’ on this section when it is reproduced.
- Pick a few colour pens for primary and secondary ‘call to actions’. This can help you keep an eye on the information architecture as well as looking better visually.
- Add a border to each of the 6-ups or 1-ups, it really brings the design ‘out of the page.