Over the last two weeks, I’ve come to appreciate more and more my dalliance of taking a sketching class this fall. While the art class has been fun and certainly challenging, it has found its way into all three of my other classes this term. Sketching as it turns out is important in every avenue of design. Doing a cursory mock-up for any project in any medium really requires you to lay out what your intentions are, whether it is for yourself or a client it is critical.
In my Illustrator and Photoshop classes, being able to do a 5-minute sketch on placement and concept really does make the vision come to life. It also helps you see how things might actually fit in with one another on the page – foreground versus background etc. Despite being shown time and time again that the benefit of sketching for design is ingenious I hadn’t really thought about pencil or paper and ink’s role in web design. After all who uses paper for anything these days?! Turns out though it helps avoid the same plight that anyone who ever wrote a term paper has faced – the blinking cursor on a white page. There’s something calming about having a sketch tablet and pencil in your hands, away from the computer to just lightly doodle until it starts to take shape. Next thing you know you’ve got 6 pages of wireframes that actually look like something! Translating it then from paper to the computer becomes a simpler process. This was my first time building a wireframe, so I will admit that there could be some better lessons to be shared that the tidbit of sketching.
With no further adieu here is the result of my first wireframe design, do share feedback as later in class I will have to actually build real site mock-ups based on these. Eek!