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Sketching digital products

Share your ideas

Whether you’re working on a website, an app, or something else entirely, sketching workshops and paper prototypes are useful ways to share ideas.

Up until recently sketching has surprisingly been overlooked and deemed a bit silly. At Paper we think it’s one of the best tools we can use.

Why? Because it’s quick and anyone, yes anyone, can do it. It doesn’t cost a fortune and, most importantly, it doesn’t really matter if you get stuff wrong. Infact if you’re testing with users it’s a bonus to find out what’s ‘wrong’ before a single line of code has been written.

Testing with users

Sketching and testing with users (real people who will use the thing you’re making) is a shortcut to finding problems that you don’t want to wait to find out. It’s also a way of validating good ideas that might otherwise get compromised because they seem too risky.

Get sketching

If you want to have a go, here’s a useful cheat sheet we made.

Sketching Cheatsheet

Don’t be scared to sketch out your next project. It doesn’t have to be a Monet, it’s just some boxes on a page that you can share and discuss with your team and designers. It’s easier than you think.

There is more to understand about how sketching fits into a digital product design process and that’s where we can help out but for now, enjoy sketching and feel free to share your ideas with us.

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