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This instructable shows how to build a Woody UI Kit.

You can also get a ready to use kit from Woody UI Kit website woodyui.com.



Description

The Woody UI Kit is a low cost, low-fidelity prototyping tool for designing web and mobile interfaces using wooden blocks, paper and pencil.

The Woody UI Kit is aimed at UI designers, web and mobile developers. It leverages the “feel” of moving around wood blocks, and brings back to the user’s memory when as a kid she played with wooden toys. Handling something physical instead of moving the mouse pointer on a screen, also fosters the creativity side of the brain, and allows for offline work, maybe with kids on the kitchen table.

Furthermore the designer can collect and reuse blocks, creating a personalized library of ready to use UI templates.

Contents

The kit is built out of the following pieces:

- A tablet-like wooden device with a metal screen, replicating a tablet device with a 7''.

- Two phone-like wooden device with a metal screen replicating smartphone devices with a 3.4'' and 4'' screen.

- A number of magnetic wooden blocks correctly replicating in size the most common UI controls used to build user interfaces.

- A set of sticker sheets allowing to draw by pencil the detail of each interface element and stick them on the wooden blocks.

Tools

In order to build a Woody UI kit you need access to:

- A laser-cutter
- A vinyl cutter or plotter

If you like you can build a simplified paper or cardboard version using only scissors.

Materials needed

In order to build the wooden version you need:

- Several sheets of pinewood (or any other soft cheap wood) with a maximum height of 0.5 cm.

- Adesive Paper Labels (A4 or letter size) 

- Magnetic paper sheets  (A4 or letter size)

- Small sheets of metal or magnetic drawing board.

- Glue for wooden materials

 
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petercd12 months ago
can you receive sms's too?
fibasile (author)  petercd11 months ago
only wooden ones
james.m.k11 months ago
You should have turned it into a slate / chalkboard to hang on the refrigerator! That'd be hilarious!
fibasile (author)  james.m.k11 months ago
well I see it as a work tool, but you're free to decorate all the kitchen with it!