Recently on the IXDA discussion list somebody asked whether sketching is a legitimate part of the pre-wireframing process. The list responded with a resounding “yes!” I was happy to see so many people argue for sketching’s rightful place in our work, but it also made me realize that this question – to sketch or not to sketch – isn’t really a question any longer.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen sketching grow from being the hot “new” method to just another skill we use to get the work done. Which means that sketching, and more importantly learning to sketch, is a rite that a lot of us now share. In a small ritual to mark the passage from learning to be a sketcher to actually being one, I thought I’d look back and share the steps I took to get here.
Step 1: Surround yourself with creative people
Start working with people who sketch, or seek out your sketchiest friends, and pay attention to what they do. Give in to your envy, for it will motivate you, but also be observant. Watch other people’s techniques, and copy what you like. Discover the vital importance of line weight in calling attention to the things that matter. Learn how cross hatching and lined backgrounds can be used to add shadow, depth, and a sense of contrast to sketches. Notice how meditative the process of stippling is and how graphic the effect, but realize in the end that it's very time consuming, and vow to use it only on special occasions.
Step 2: Draw simple shapes
Step 3: Take a class
Step 4: Buy books
Step 5: Spot the trend
Step 6: Find your place in history
Optional Step 7: Rediscover your voice
And now? You are a sketcher.
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Foodspotting iPhone App is Here!
When we're in the mood for falafel, sometimes only falafel will do. But where to find it? Our colleauge Alexa Andrzejewski's Foodspotting iPhone app makes it SO much easier to find falafel (or whatever we're craving). Foodspotting is a visual local guide that lets you find dishes instead of just restaurants.
TechCrunch announced the launch last week and if you're going to be at SXSW, be sure to check out the Foodspotter's Guide to SXSW 2010 and get in on the SXSW Streetfood Fest and Scavenger Hunt action on Saturday, March 13 from 11am-3pm.
Congratulations to Alexa and the Foodspotting team!
Speaking of SXSW…
Some of us will be there. If you see these APers, walk right up and give them a bear hug. Wait, that might freak them out. Give them a tip of your cowboy hat and say howdy instead.
MX 2010: Like Pigs & Truffles
We are thrilled with how MX 2010, our conference for experience managers, shaped up this past Sunday and Monday. We feel like those happy piggies who sniff out truffles. We found such valuable nuggets of wisdom (UX truffles?) from our amazing line up of speakers. We learned how to lie with strategy, how not to be a dinosaur, to embrace conflict, to deal with a mid-life UX crisis, to balance data-driven and genius design, and so much more. Our heads are still spinning.
If you weren't able to make it the conference this year, check out www.mxconference.com, where we'll post videos in the next couple of weeks, and slides in the meantime. So far there are slides up from Brandon Schauer, Lane Becker, Ryan Freitas and Neff Hudson.
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