Recently it has been my pleasure to stop in on a few schools and visit with id students. As I’ve looked over work (sketch pages in particular) I have noticed a need for better organization of thoughts and visual information. Obviously with id sketching you want to tell a visual story. The best way to tell a story is by organizing sketches in groups so that they are ranked by size, color, contrast, or position according to their importance. Here are some sketches I did as I demoed some of my workflow and technique.
Here is an overlay showing the visual journey I want the viewer to have according to what I have predetermined as “important.” Generally you want to use the rule of 3. This means you determine and create three areas on your layout of interest or importance. For this page I want the viewer to see the rendered sketch first, so I have given it size, contrast, and even some light color. The second read perhaps goes to an explanatory sketch showing how it is used. Finally perhaps smallest in size/importance are some initial exploration sketches.
When you layout sketches be sure to think of designing the layout as well. Send your viewer on a visual journey and push their eyes around the page to help them see your ideas!