Overview of the Five Design-Sheets (FdS)

  • Jonathan C. Roberts
  • Christopher J. Headleand
  • Panagiotis D. Ritsos


Planning by sketching is a powerful strategy. It allows you to think through different ideas and explore them on paper. The Five Design-Sheet (FdS) methodology provides a helpful structure for planning and designing interfaces. Ideas are brainstormed and sketched on the first sheet. Sheets 2, 3 and 4 capture three principal designs, and sheet 5 presents the design that will be implemented. You can use the methodology to plan data-visualisation tools, business applications, games and other interactive interfaces. This chapter presents an overview of the method. We introduce each sheet in turn and explain how it can be applied to a variety of interfaces.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan C. Roberts
    • 1
  • Christopher J. Headleand
    • 2
  • Panagiotis D. Ritsos
    • 1
  1. 1.Bangor UniversityBangorUK
  2. 2.University of LincolnLincolnUK

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