Interactive Sketching Notation
Helping you tell better stories of interaction
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Watch: How I Sketch
Watch: How I Sketch - An Intro

The interactive sketching notation is an emerging visual language which intends to enable designers to tell more powerful stories of interaction. Through a few simple and standardized rules, what the user sees (drawn in greys and blacks) and does (drawn in red) are unified into a coherent sketching system. Although it may be used with paper, it works best with Adobe Illustrator.

  • Less Documentation
    Having merged flows, user stories, sketches and wireframes into one document, it is easier to maintain your work with the notation.
  • Visibility of User Actions
    The notation has clear start and end paths showing user actions explicitly in red. Don't just show the UI, but tell a story.
  • Faster Idea Generation
    The notation helps you cut corners as much as possible with the benefit of speed. Don't worry about too much detail in the beginning.
  • Highly Exploratory
    The notation relies on large workspaces with room for multiple A/B/C ideas. Don't get locked into the first idea that comes to mind.

Inside the Adobe Illustrator Template - version 1.4

Icons: 90 common interface sketch style icons for faster concepting icons

Screens: scaled UI screens for popular devices and multiple browser sizes
Specific device screens include: iPhone: 4, 5; Samsung Galaxy: Nexus, S3, S4; Sony Xperia Z; Nokia Lumia 920; HTC Windows Phone 8X, Blackberry; iPad, iPad Mini, Google Nexus 7 screens

Components: various predesigned components and elements ready for dragging and dropping components


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Don't need the Illustrator template? Download Introduction PDF Only. The standalone introduction explains the notation should you wish to sketch in your own tool of choice.
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Interactive Sketching Notation (the Introduction PDF only) by Jakub Linowski is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Canada License.