Intentional structures and frames help organize your sketches. In the absence of them, it's a clutter raw mess of information and ideas. Use storytelling structures like beginning, middle, and end to organize your thoughts. Additionally, consider using a metaphor to bring a creative aspect to your sketch such as climbing a mountain or branches of a tree.
Use storytelling structures to help you organize your idea
Just like the visual alphabet and tailoring your icon library, having a set of storytelling structures helps you organize your sketch. When you're starting out, just focus on a couple that are easy for you. The most basic is a beginning, middle, and end framework. Break your sketch into three frames and fill in the content.
Beginning, middle, and end (also can be past, present, and future)
Add a visual metaphor or frames into your sketch
A visual metaphor, like climbing a mountain, helps create some visual interest into your sketch. Make sure that the metaphor is relevant and not distracting. It can be very easy to get caught up in a metaphor that sounds cool but isn't relevant to your topic at all.
Climbing a mountain
Bridge across a canyon
Path toward the future
Navigating a map
Branches of a tree
Do a newspaper squint test
A quick test of your sketch is to do the newspaper squint test. If you squint your eyes, can you see the main headlines? If not, you haven't layered importance in your sketch.
Add headlines using bold text, large type, or add boxes or frames to make it pop. When you squint your eyes, you should see your biggest ideas pop first, then the supporting information goes away. Ideally, if people only read your headlines, they'll get the gist of your sketch.
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