How can storyboard transform your creative process
UX Design, Storyboard

Do you sometimes find it hard to connect your design decisions with what you know about the user and their situation? Do you struggle to bridge the gap between coming up with ideas and creating a rough sketch of your design?
You may need to do something in-between.
I work at a place where we try new and creative things. Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what to do. In this article, I will talk about a method we use called UX Storyboard.

If you first learned about storyboarding by getting a sheet with little boxes and words underneath, you should consider trying it again in a different way. Storyboarding is not just a thing, it's a way of thinking.
If you're new to drawing out a sequence of events in a story, this article should be useful in giving it a try.

What is a storyboard?

A UX story board is a visual representation of the user experience journey that a customer or user takes when interacting with a product or service. The storyboard provides a step-by-step narrative of the user's experience, from their initial interaction with the product to their final action or decision.

Storyboard by Nasim Keshmiri

There are different types of UX storyboards, but the most common ones are the user journey map and the task flow diagram. A user journey map depicts the user's emotional and psychological states as they navigate through the product or service. It provides insight into the user's motivations, goals, pain points, and opportunities for improvement. A task flow diagram, on the other hand, focuses on the steps and actions that the user takes to accomplish a specific task or goal. It helps designers understand the user's workflow and identify potential roadblocks or areas for optimization.

How to create a storyboard for your UX research?

First, they need to define the user persona or personas that the storyboard will be based on. User personas are fictional characters that represent the target audience for the product or service. They are created based on user research, surveys, and other data sources.

printed sticky notes glued on board

Second, the designers need to map out the user's journey or task flow using a series of sketches or wireframes. These sketches should be simple and easy to understand, with each step clearly labeled and annotated.

Finally, the designers need to review and refine the storyboard based on feedback from users, stakeholders, and other team members.

five person by table watching turned on white iMac
Pitching idea to members and stakeholders

How can UX storyboard help?

Creating a UX storyboard can help designers in several ways. First, it provides a visual and intuitive way to understand the user's experience and identify pain points and opportunities for improvement. By mapping out the user journey or task flow, designers can see where users are getting stuck, frustrated, or confused and adjust the product or service accordingly. Second, the storyboard can be used as a communication tool to share ideas and collaborate with other team members, such as developers, marketers, and product managers. By presenting a clear and concise narrative of the user's experience, designers can align the team's efforts and ensure that everyone is working towards a common goal. Finally, the storyboard can serve as a reference point for future design iterations and updates. By documenting the user's journey or task flow, designers can track the impact of their changes over time and make data-driven decisions based on user feedback and behavior.


Download our storyboard template here