UXPA UK September 2021 – Sketching UX Talk and Workshop – Co-designing Comics about Pandemic Experiences: Methods and Insights

XPA UK September 2021 – Sketching UX Workshop

About this event

Thursday 23 September 2021, 18:30 – 20:00 UK Time. Free registration via EventBrite .

As the old adage goes, a picture tells 1000 words. We’re seeing an increase of visual storytelling in UX and indeed many UX events are already complemented by a detailed Sketchnote – possibly courtesy of one of our very own Committee Members.

This month we’re doing something a little different to introduce the UXPA UK community to the power of sketching in UX design and research. Using live examples, our three facilitators will provide hands-on demonstrations how sketching can be incorporated in your work not just to present a design, but to tell a story and present the findings of research.

To get the most from the event, attendees are encouraged to sketch-along as we intend this to be interactive so bring along your pencil, notepad or tablet and join in!

The session will be delivered using Zoom and we’ll use breakout rooms to share your work. If you just want to observe – let your group know . We’ll share the results using the Miro online platform.


  • Dr. Miriam Sturdee, Lancaster University
  • Dr. Makayla Lewis, Kingston University London
  • Dr. Ernesto Priego, City, University of London


All times are London, GMT. Timezone converter.

  • Thursday 23 September 2021, 18:30 – 20:00 Sketching UX – Talks and live, hands-on demonstrations!


  • Free registration via EventBrite
  • Remote via Zoom. Zoom details will be emailed on registration and again on the day of the event.
  • We’ll use Zoom for breakout rooms during the workshop and a Miro link which will be shared via chat to present results. No prior Miro registration or account is required.
  • This event will not be recorded
  • This event is in British and American English.
  • Timings are approximate.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact events@uxpa-uk.org.

As always, we couldn’t do what we do without the help of the UXPA UK committee members and our event volunteers. If you want to volunteer at our events, contact our events team on events@uxpa-uk.org.

Talk Details

Co-designing Comics about Pandemic Experiences: Methods and Insights

Talk Summary

In this talk I will present examples form the work we’ve been doing in the intersections of graphic medicine and interaction design during the COVID-19 pandemic. In comics such as “Community Matters: Please Be Kind” (2020; 2021) and “A Day in Lockdown” (2021), we explored the development of comics following user-centred, interactive narrative design methods involving qualitative data collection and co-design techniques in order to visually communicate aspects of the experience of social-distancing and lockdown. We will argue that the work has employed a type of methodology of potential interest to the Sketching UX community as it is focused on the co-design of output in comics form that can also work as or as part of packages of conceptual design outputs (such as personas and user journeys), with emphasis on specific topics in this case, but that can be applied to different domains. The presentation will show detailed examples of the comics and the development process, describing the methods employed and discussing insights from working on the projects. The presentation could hopefully elicit a conversation about the differences between comics, sketchnoting and storyboarding, and about the ways they are different and can complement each other for different purposes.

Speaker Bio

Dr Ernesto Priego is a senior lecturer and researcher based at the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design, City, University of London, where he explores the role of comics as narrative, conceptual and speculative design tools and applies user-centred, participatory co-design methods to the creation of comics within public health or social interest domains. He has researched comics since the early 1990s, and has a background in English Literature, Critical Theory, Digital Humanities, and Information Science. He leads the “Parables of Care. Creative Responses to Dementia Care” project, which explores the potential of comics to enhance the impact of dementia care research. He co-founded and edits The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship.