After posting this chalkboard picture on Facebook/Compass.to, Alex and I were asked by an applicant about working on a chalkboard and if chalkdust isn’t destroying keyboards or Wacom screens – instead of using UX and wireframing tools like UXPin, Photoshop or Sketch.
Sure, demoing digital skills is great but after chatting about the pros and cons of working analog, I just realized that the traditional way of sketching wireframes and the UX is about to become outdated. In my opinion, it’s fatal to underestimate this way of sketching! Here are our top seven ways of creating great user journeys (and why we love chalk):
1. A Chalkboard Helps You To Focus And To Team-Work
Why we love a chalkboard: First it’s the fastest way of outlining a user journey together with the team. Second, you’re focussed (and not disrupted by incoming Facebook chats or e-mails). For me, sketching is probably not the most beautiful but easiest way to get ideas out of my head to start exploring them visually. The chalkboard also helps your team to join you, kill one or two connection lines between interfaces and re-schedule user paths.
Another very underestimated effect is the vertical work on a wall which every co-worker can see and contribute to.
And of course, a whiteboard or huge glass window also helps. Continue reading