Communicating design - Sketching your way to understanding.
“Clear communication between web developers and their clients — and among members of the development team — is key to the succes of any web project.”
Where code is low-bandwidth and can generally be well discussed and assessed with words, design is very much high-bandwidth. You just can't discuss it using words alone. So, let's draw some pictures!
Through a case study of how I worked with a development team redesigning a community web site, we'll discuss how sketching can help in two ways:
- Defining the right question to ask.
- Finding the best possible answer.
There are more design deliverables than the well known sitemap and wireframe. We'll look at concept models, flow charts and paper prototyping as fast and cheap tools that help you get the interaction right, keep the development team on track, and your client happy.