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Sketchboarding, a couple of hours of clarity

By on Jun 16, 2010 in Design, UX | 3 comments

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Sketchboarding is a rapid, flexible design method, which delivers results fast. It’s a technique which Leah Buley from Adaptive Path teaches extremely well via Adaptive Path’s workshop ‘Good Design Faster’, which I managed to catach while at the recent UX London 2010. For a full description and great video check the Adaptive Path blog post Sketchboards: Discover Better + Faster UX Solutions.
While I’ve always been an advocate of sketching out wireframes, when it comes to sitemaps and therefore structure, I tend to sketch these out on a layout pad. I had to start a brand new project and seized the opportunity to put into practice what I’d learned from Leah. Locking myself away for a couple of hours with post-it notes, markers and Tea resulted in the following.
 

How the morning started

 
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Current thinking

 
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Basic persona’s & user journey’s

 
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Basic persona’s & user journey’s, revised

 
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Revise site content in two sections – Company Info &…

 
s-board051
 

…Product Info

 
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Review search & browse methods

 
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Revise search & browse, add user journey

 
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Revise user journey again.

 
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And after that I needed another cup of tea. Using Leah’s method, certainly helped. Being able to move the post-it notes around made it very easy to try alternative routes. The one bit of advice I didn’t follow was to use a large strip of brown paper to stick all the notes to. This would have made it a lot easier to move, but as we didn’t have any, I had to make do with photos.

This is a very lo-tech way to work things out, but allows for rapid and agile idea progression.

Read part two

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3 Comments

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    July 18, 2010

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    Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

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