Designing by Hand in the Digital Age

Washington, D.C. campuses

GA D.C., 1776
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005

GA D.C. (Northern Virginia)
2231 Crystal Drive #1000
Arlington VA 22202

Past Locations for this Workshop

Designing by Hand in the Digital Age

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. campuses

GA D.C., 1776
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005

GA D.C. (Northern Virginia)
2231 Crystal Drive #1000
Arlington VA 22202

Past Locations for this Workshop

About this workshop

The design process, especially for something as complex and ephemeral as a user's experience with a product and its UI, is much more about making good decisions than it is about making good artifacts. In fact, tens of thousands of coordinated decisions must be made. Rather than starting with the surface, learn, through sketching and critique how to start deep into the invisible decisions of strategy, scope and structure, and how those decisions can inform the design of the skeleton and the skin of your product.

From the pencils, paper and sketching process, from visual brainstorming and discovery sessions to work out the meaningfully different approaches to solve any given ux problem. We will walk through from a vague business wish to a concrete set of alternate approaches, all without opening a computer.

Takeaways

  • Learn which tools to use for quick visual thinking (pencils, pens, etc)
  • How to get a focused sketch that leaves little room for misinterpretation
  • How to get non-designers to contribute meaningfully to the design process
  • Learn how to recognize meaningfully different approaches from less than meaningful variations

Prereqs & Preparation

Please bring a pencil, a pen, an eraser to class with you. No prior design knowledge is required.

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