Viva la Pencil!

After 20 years doing various forms of design, I still start every project with pencil and paper. Sure, I have become more digital in my process; however, my first few dozen ideas happen very quickly and on paper. Failing fast in the first few hours of a project sure beats toiling over pixels too early in the design cycle. Dot paper, graph paper, swiping tabloid sheets from the printer, or coffee-stained notebooks… I use them all to capture ideas. I have even created a few PDFs that have specific elements specific to wireframing… but they were never exactly what I wanted.

I was delighted when a member of my staff sent around an email to Sneakpeekit. They’ve done a great job of doing what I never quite spent enough time perfecting…

“An idea is like a flash: it comes to mind like a meteor but can quickly vanish. Any good graphic designer catches it on paper before it goes away. As a matter of fact, professional designers often start planning a website concept sketching drafts on sheets of squared paper. For this purpose SneakpeekitĀ© provides the suitable wireframe tools for quick sketches and pixel-perfect grids for a detailed design.” – Sneakapeekit Website

Check out Sneakpeekit and go back to the future.

2 comments for “Viva la Pencil!

  1. August 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Good tip, I like the mobile theme plugin you’re using, I’m going to steal it for my site. Keep on truckin! Chris

  2. September 27, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Yeah… coded most of the theme, but I opted for the plugin for mobile. The downside is that it only addresses the “blog” portion of my site.

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