Leah and I have been piloting some new approaches to get around some of our frustrations with the limitations of wireframes:
- they can focus time and attention on all the wrong details and activities
- they constrain creativity
- they split up designers and teams to work alone
We call our approach “sketchboards,” a technique that allows designers and teams to explore and evaluate a range of concepts, getting to better UX solutions faster. We’ve found that this approach:
- allows us to iterate faster towards more creative solutions
- better supports the design of flows and highly interactive experiences
- incorporates the input of the entire team; our clients and partners love it
- defines what we need to document in wireframes, or just skip ahead and begin prototyping
The video below takes you quickly through the sketchboard technique, but be sure to read the essay that contains more details, templates, and examples.
Leah and I will be sharing this as an agile-friendly approach in a workshop titled “Good Design Faster” at UXWeek 2008. Come join us!