Sketchy Wireframes

Slalom Consultant Aaron Hursman

Former Slalom Consultant Aaron Hursman is a user experience architect who applies user-centered design principles and techniques for his cients. He has a background in web development and enterprise applications and enjoys participating in the social web.

I really like using a sketchy visual theme for wireframes. They purposely convey a feeling of roughness. Incompleteness is actually a good concept to leverage when you still have mockups to build later.

Microsoft Visio may not be the best tool for wireframing, but it suffices. To make it even better, Henrik Olsen and Niklas Wolkert built some fantastic templates and sketchy “shapes” for Visio. Jonathon Abbot created an additional template that improves upon this work. This template combined with the Hand of Sean font (or some of these other web designer fonts), can create great results. I have posted my own Visio file as well.

UPDATE: Per Jonathon’s comment, I am now giving proper credit to Olsen & Wolkert.

About Aaron Hursman
Aaron is a passionate user-advocate that is lucky enough to do what he loves for a living. As a user experience architect, he applies user-centered design principles and techniques including user research, persona development, information architecture, storyboards, wireframes, prototyping, visual design, graphic design, interaction design, and usability. Aaron has a background in web development, enterprise applications, and the social web. At nGame, he is applying his craft to design and build the next generation of enterprise software.

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