I remember someone saying “I love that you scamp, we need to scamp more.” If that person hadn’t pointed at my notepad I would have thought like the title suggests, scamping was a dance. I like to dance, it could be right…but it’s not.
So since then I’ve been scamping all over the place. I prefer to scamp out ideas big and small, explore them, and iterate as I go. It’s such an easy way to communicate complex ideas simply without using masses of resources wire-framing and getting tangled in the finer details. It’s just an idea, the start of something awesome. It also keeps you creative.
There’s something about grabbing a pen and drawing out an idea that really helps you visualise and think out an idea. I prefer to scamp with thicker pens, less accurate, less intricate detail because it forces me to scamp simpler and in turn invites discussion. I’m tempted to start scamping in crayon, that could be fun.
Of course once you’ve scamped out the idea you can be a little more precise. I guess there are varying levels of scamping. Scamping out an idea, then refine your scamps.
There’s something about grabbing a pen and drawing out an idea that really helps you visualise and think out an idea.
Perhaps we should use the greek alphabet to denote the type…scamp alpha, scamp beta. It could work. Or maybe IronMan esque notation…scamp mkI, scamp mkII, a bit of roman and Marvel. My geekiness may be satisfied by these. But for now let’s just say a scamp can be rough or neat, it just depends where you are in your thought process…that was a fun tangent.
We scamped all day in the Pancentric office a few days ago, a whole day of scamping out pages for desktop and mobile for a project. We got to go through iterations, work collaboratively, and then even create a prototype with Pop and Invision. Full on scamp process in action.
If you haven’t used Pop or Invision I highly recommend both.
Pop is great for mobile scamps. You can take photos of your scamps and link the scamps together right in the app, great for testing an idea on the fly and getting a feel for what you’ve been working on.
Invision is the one you want to use once you’ve scanned in those lovely scamps (Evernote’s Scannable app is great for this too). You can create both mobile and desktop prototypes from your scamps allowing them to be shared and tested by anyone you send a link to.
That’s it from me. I mentioned the word scamp 29 times in this article including this reference.
It’s not a dance, but maybe it should be too…