Sketching made easier by UI Stencils

Yes, I’m obsessed with Konigi’s Omnigraffle wireframe stencils, but what if you could have real-life stencils to help you sketch? You can. They’re called UI Stencils, and they’re made by Design Commission, an experience design agency in Seattle.

Drawing can be intimidating for a lot of folks, and the fear of not being a “good drawer” prevents people from picking up a pencil to communicate their ideas. But UI Stencils make that a breeze by providing stainless steal stencils for common UI components for websites, iPhone and now iPad. Their kits also come with a mechanical pencil and PDF templates. Not bad for just 18 bucks each.

They also sell sketchpads and sticky pads with the browser chrome pre-printed so you needed worry about drawing to scale.

Follow them on Twitter @uistencils.

[I honestly can’t remember how I happened upon these, or if someone sent me a link directly. If it was you, tell me so in the comments. I apologize in advance :)]

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  1. seancrowe says

    I love this stencil! I got one from the future of web design conference during Daniel Burka's workshop. Its a great little tool.

  2. obxdesignworks says

    Nice find. Added to the wish list.

    Since you mentioned Konigi, I use their wireframe and storyboard notepads and this stencil would make a nice complimentary tool. Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. says


    First -great tactile, old-school drawing aid.
    Second- thanks for the tip on the OmniGraffle stencils. I am a long-time user and advocate for Omnigraffle. My GOTO tool of choice.
    Lastly- you are an inspiration. Keep on keepin on with your independence in UX/IA.


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