As an iPhone developer I have learned that it is wise to make the first steps in planning and designing a new iPhone application with a pencil on paper. It is feeling even more natural to sketch an idea by hand instead of creating complex GUI with Photoshop. The classical way of designing also supports the creative process.
Thanks to the test at TUAW I met some helpful tools for designing applications on paper. But there are two problems: First they are not easy to get for a German developer (today I had to fetch my Notepods at the customs duty office), second they don’t meet my demands.
So I’ve created my own sketchbook templates to fit my needs. And I’d like to share it with you.
I’ve created four parts to plan and design an iPhone application:
- A feature list with ToDo to collect all necessary features for an app and to decide, which feature is a must have, a nice to have or should be developed already for version 1.
- A page to design the UI with the original dimensions of the iPhone.
- A page to design navigation bars and the UI with iPhone Stencil Kit by Design Comission and also the app icons.
- A navigation flow chart to plan the workflows within the app.
Feel free to download the ZIP-Archive (4.4 MByte) of my iPhone Sketchbook and tell me, what you’re thinking about it.