Tips on How to Incorporate Sketching into Your UX Design Process

Angela Huang
5 min readNov 9, 2022

If you’ve trouble figuring out the best UX for your product and capturing your ideas, you need to start sketching during this process. This is an excellent way to get your UX ideas on paper and remember them.

This article will tell you what you need to know about sketching in the UX design process and how it can help you improve your product’s UX. We will look at the benefits, how you can do it, and what tools you can use.

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Why UX Designers Need To Use Sketching

When creating a product’s UX, the design process is important and needs to be done well. It should be kept from reaching the next stage, as this is a fast way to create a UX design the target customers do not like.

Sketching should be used during this stage to capture the designer’s ideas. Drawing differs from drawing; UX designers do not need to spend lots of time catching their ideas on paper. The goal is to get everything down quickly. It doesn’t need to look great; get the ideas on paper.

You don’t need to think about the details of the UX when sketching basic elements. The general idea will help you remember the design you created. These UX sketches are not for anyone but you. They can be messy and unclear. Only you need to understand them.

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By Jeffrey Betts (MMT) on NegativeSpace

Suppose you take anything away from this. Let it be this. Sketches are a way to communicate ideas to yourself. Just get your ideas on paper, and don’t think about anything else at this stage of the design process.

Types of UX Sketches

There are a variety of different types of UX sketches, including wireframes, storyboards, and user flows. Wireframe sketches are simple drawings that show the layout of a website or app. They usually include the placement of text and images, as well as the buttons and menus. Storyboards are similar to wireframes, but they also include images and text that tell a story about how a user will interact with a product. User flows show how users will move through a website or app. They can help to identify any potential sticking points or areas where users might get lost.

All of these types of sketches can be helpful in visualizing and explaining design ideas.

What Tools Can UX Designers Use For Sketching

There are many tools that a UX designer can use when they are sketching their product’s UX design. Digital tools can be used. All that must be done is to choose the best software for the designer’s requirements.

Traditional methods can also be used. Just a pencil and some paper. Anyone can get started with this. You don’t need to think about utilizing an eraser; sketch as many ideas as possible, and don’t try to fix them by erasing certain parts. Just sketch over the existing lines.

You can use a pen to make darker marks and create solid lines over the essential parts of the sketches after you are done. You can use a fine pen if you want to add more detail to the graphics. This isn’t necessary, and not all designers do this.

By Jeffrey Betts (MMT) on NegativeSpace
By Jeffrey Betts (MMT) on NegativeSpace

Particular designers like to use a timer to ensure they spend only a little bit of time on one sketch. You don’t need to do this either, but you should keep track of the time you spend on the sketches and make sure to spend only a little on each sketch.

Digital sketching tools like Adobe Sketch or Procreate offer the added benefit of being able to easily adjust and refine sketches on the fly. Another popular choice is an iPad with Apple Pencil, giving the designer a larger canvas as well as the ability to seamlessly integrate hand-drawn elements with digital design software. Ultimately, the tool used for sketching depends on personal preference and project needs — but regardless of what medium is chosen, regularly practicing sketches is crucial for honing design skills and brainstorming new ideas.

The UX Sketching Process

Understanding What You Need

When starting the sketching process, the most challenging part for some designers is knowing where to start. If this is happening to you, think about your customers and what type of user experience they want from the product. Knowing this information, you can start creating the user experience design they will want to use.

Sketching The Ideas

Choose the method you want to use for UX sketching. It doesn’t matter if it’s sketching digitally or using a pencil and some paper. You can also set a timer to help you not spend too much time on one sketch.

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By CannedTuna on Flickr

It would help if you did not think about the designs. Just get them on paper quickly. It can be challenging for new designers to develop ideas they can use, but the best way to start is by putting pencils on paper. Think about what your customers want from the design and begin sketching design ideas they will want to interact with. Remember not to spend too much time on each design.

Having lots of paper sketches is essential and will help you decide the best one to use for your product’s design.

Editing And Improving The Sketches

You need to choose the sketch that you like the most. Take the idea you like and start improving it and adding more. If you want parts of different designs, you can take the parts you like from them and add them to one.

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By Nathanael Coyne on Flickr


UX sketching can help create the best designs for their products. If you haven’t been using sketching in this way, then you need to start. Don’t overthink the sketching designs; just capture all of your ideas on paper quickly, and then you can think about improving the best design once you have finished.

Thanks for reading!