I really liked the FdS model. It added a lot of structure to an otherwise unstructured section. Usually my designs lack detail and just end up as a big mess of thoughts. Using the FdS I could put my ideas in an order. This was especially true for sheet 1 where you could see the ideas being refined as you went down the page. I found that the other design sheets ended up being better versions of the previous sheet. E.g. sheet 3 took ideas from sheet 2 and made them better. This helped work towards a final design. The main sheet for considering drastically different designs was sheet 1 as this held all of the initial and refined ideas rather than a complete picture.

I found this method effective as it allows exploration of alternative potential execution methods, covering design in a structured, rapid format, and allowing refinement of the final specification of the task. Even if the general design of the task is not effected, it adds breadth to the final model by merging concepts from the unused models.

FdS is a great methodology to use for quick ideation that is also very practical. The best feature of all is that it requires very little introduction, and possibly the best tool to use in discussions with clients who are often not versed in the technological aspects of a project.

The award for best handout goes to Sketching designs using the Five Design-Sheet methodology by Jonathan C. Roberts, Chris Headleand, and Panagiotis D. Ritsos. They describe a very simple five-step process to get people to brainstorm and explore more on paper when thinking about visualization approaches, before coming up with the final design and then the realization (whether by coding or using a tool). In addition to a clever little postcard they handed out, they also have a pretty nicely designed website and unusual domain name. – https://eagereyes.org/blog/2015/vis-2015-wednesday