Five Sketches™

A structured, group method for exploring and analyzing design solutions. Focusing on a specific problem statement, each participant sketches five solutions. Ideas are shared, combined and iterated. Further analysis and resketching helps in selecting a single way forward.

This is a simple method for engaging developers and other ‘non-designers’ in discussion. It’s a fast way to explore multiple solutions, facilitate discussion, and build consensus.

Five Sketches™ was formalized (and trademarked!) by our friend Jerome Ryckborst, who offers his insight, wit, and wisdom along with a lot of info on the actual approach at