30 min - 1 hour
What is it?
- A UI workshop is an activity in which participants quickly sketch rough ideas for the user interface.
- These ideas can be written on a whiteboard, sticky notes, or sheets of paper. (A tall sticky note makes a great template for a mobile screen.)
- The workshop can be run with just a facilitator and a UX designer, but including the entire team is even better.
- At the end of the workshop, the participants can vote by adding dots to their favorites.
- Later, the best “low-fidelity” designs can serve as the basis for interactive prototypes or more complete designs.
Why use it?
- UI design workshops help take a high-level business process (such as an event storm) and turn it into something concrete that developers can begin working on.
- This activity generates new ideas and builds shared understanding, particularly if the entire team participates.
- Jump-start development by creating just enough design for the team to begin working.
- A quick, rewarding activity like this one builds confidence and experience in team members who might be new to user experience design.
- Participants can produce the design assets they need to move forward, even if the team does not have a dedicated UX designer.
- Wireflows: A UX Deliverable for Workflows and Apps
- 3 rapid prototyping exercises to improve your UX skills
- The “Tuesday” portion of the book Sprint provides some great ideas for facilitating a UI design workshop.
- Sketches from the gnome-software design sprint show “dot voting” on favorite designs.