Inspiration for this site

by Amelia on May 2, 2010

iPad chatter

iPad chatter

Over the last couple of years, I’ve had opportunities to create some comics to tell user experience stories… usually problematic ones that we’re working on improving. These have always been fun to do and generally well received by audiences, who get the point quickly and also enjoy the format. The characters at design comics (especially Galina, my favorite) made this possible out of the box.  Showing these comic stories seemed to jump over hurdles that might otherwise have resulted in long discussions to resolve differences of opinions.

Then, three weeks ago I saw Dan Roam speak at the IASummit in Phoenix. It was amazing. Though I had skimmed his book, seeing him talk and really getting it was transformative. More on that later. (Meanwhile, you can listen and watch his talk from the Summit at Boxes and Arrows).

The following week, I revised my approach on some stories about web strategy we were planning to tell with user scenarios, basically walk thrus. I started sketching out characters, as well as highly simplified UI elements, in Illustrator. It was good, but one of those things you keep noodling on because it’s just not quite there yet.

Then, last week, I got an iPad, and started to draw on it. It was way better. Felt like the beginning of a really sweet spot. Not to mention oodles of fun. (I’ll also be sharing some ideas later on what to use and how to use it so you can create comics on the iPad too.)

On this site, I plan to share thoughts on user comics, examples of how they can be used for story telling, and some of my favorite characters as they take shape and get a life.  Hope you’ll let me know what you think and share any examples you come across too!


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