Ryan DeBeasi

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UI Design Workshop

Start with a sketch

delivery-deliver loop position

No. People

2+

Time

30 min - 1 hour

Difficulty

moderate

Participants

The Team

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.

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