How to Create a UX Storyboard

Storytelling plays a large role in U.S. One way to convey stories is through a storyboard. There are three main components of a storyboard, a specific scenario, visuals that are displayed in sequence and include details relevant to the story and corresponding captions that sum up the user’s actions, environment or emotional state storyboards are a low fidelity artifact that can be completed in six steps.

First, gather your data. Use data from user interviews, usability tests or site metrics to craft your story. Second, choose the level of fidelity you prefer. Keep in mind the goal and audience of the artifact. A storyboard can be done collaboratively with posts as part of an ideation meeting with photographs or video stills from a usability test to distill information to a larger audience or through design programs as a higher fidelity deliverable to a client. Don’t spend too much time finessing the visuals unless you have to do. The third step is to define the basics. Choose a persona and scenario that corresponds to a single user path so that your storyboard doesn’t split off into multiple directions.

Next, you can start planning out the panels of your storyboard. Think about what steps you want to show you can draw as you go. But I like to plan my storyboard panels by thinking through the steps and activities I want to highlight before drawing. Now we can start adding visuals and captions while you can use advanced illustrations and create a beautiful comic book style artifact. They’re not a prerequisite for effective storyboards. Stick figures and basic sketches are just fine. Draw out your panels and add corresponding captions to describe additional context that aren’t conveyed. At first glance. The sixth and final step to our storyboard is to distribute and iterate whether you’re letting your team in on research findings or asking for feedback. Unexpected workflows share it with a wider audience and iterate if needed storyboards. Help us empathize with our users by visualizing their workflows. Use these steps to tell a story about your users.

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