Whether you’re a designer, developer, or a product person, sketching is an important tool to help generate new ideas, improve upon existing ones, and to collaborate with your team and stakeholders to bring your ideas to life.
Here are 6 qualities of a sketch that make it valuable in the design process
⏳ Sketches Are Quick
It doesn’t take a lot of time to get your ideas out. Keep a sketchbook with you to sketch your ideas.
📘 Sketches Are Timely
You can sketch whenever and wherever you need to. Have an idea while doing usability testing or sharing research findings to stakeholders? Sketch it out!
🗑️ Sketches Are Disposable
You don’t need to commit to an idea that isn’t working. Because you haven’t invested a lot of time into it, you won’t feel bad throw it away and starting again.
✏️ Sketches Are Rough
The roughness of a sketch shows that the idea is in the early stages and still needs to be explored further.
🗣 Sketches Invite
By sharing sketches with others you invite feedback which will help you improve your ideas. The conversations that happen as a result of sharing your sketches are priceless and help make the idea great.
🔍 Sketches Explore
By getting ideas out of your head and onto paper, you can zoom in and out on different parts of the idea and you can look at the idea from different angles to help clarify and understand the concept.
By identifying the qualities of a sketch you can understand the power of sketching in the design process and the value it brings in being part of your workflow so you can bring your amazing ideas to life.
Go forth and sketch!