Sketching and wireframing are a specialized style of drawing, used for fleshing out preliminary complex ideas, group brain-storming, a lo-fi method for evaluating interaction concepts, and as a way of roughly perfecting a design technique. [Links repaired March/23/2017]
Sketch and wireframe paper is essentially drawing paper that is designed specifically for this purpose. You could use it for web page design, web app design, architectural or structural design, graphic design, movie direction, animation… basically any type of design that needs a physical creative outlet or group collaboration.
Not all sketch and wireframe sheets are universal, most are specialized for a particular medium, such as storyboards and specialized grid paper (axonometric perspective templates).
Below you will find a concise collection of ready to print sketching, wireframing and note-taking templates. Most, as expected, are geared towards the design community, but there are also templates that could be used within any industry and for any purpose.
Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link
- 35 Excellent Wireframing Resources1
- UX Sketching And Wireframing Templates For Mobile Projects2
- The Messy Art Of UX Sketching3
- 50 Free UI and Web Design Wireframing Kits4
Wireframing and Sketching Paper Link
Paper Browser – It’s a browser, only in paper5
This PDF can be used for creating a website’s wireframe. The entire PDF is proportionally scaled at a 1024×768 screen resolution, with guides for designs that use a 960px or 800px layout and with each grid sized at 32x32px. The PDFs are available in both A4 and A3.
iPhone Wireframe Templates for Sketching9
These iPhone paper prototyping and design templates are available to download in two different styles: the basic iPhone design template and a more advanced one that also has the iPhone sketch template but leaves space for making notes. Both can be downloaded in a .zip-file which also contains the templates in Viso (VSD) format.
iPad Idea Sheet11
This template has been designed for wireframing iPad apps. There are three templates within the zip-archive: The first template allows for full size iPad sketching (100%), the second has two iPad templates (at 70% of the normal size) and the last has four iPads sized at 50% of the regular size.
iPhone Idea Sheet13
This iPhone idea sheet has been designed by the same people that released the iPad Idea Sheet above. The .zip-file contains 4 different printable templates: two templates are sized at 100% of the actual iPhone with a choice of horizontally or vertically aligned sheets and the other two sketching templates each have 9 iPhone designs (sized at 75% of the actual iPhone) and again with a choice of either horizontal or vertical orientation.
iPhone Application Sketch Template15
This iPhone template has a grid with the grid squares sized at 10px; it is designed with tick marks to indicate the heights of the status bar, nav bar, keyboard, tab bar and toolbar. The download is a 300dpi A4 JPEG.
Wireframe and Notes Paper25
This is a wireframe grid divided into 24 columns with gutters between each column. The column units are numbered along the top of the grid. To the right of the grid there is a ruled column for adding labels and annotations.
Blank Grid and Graph Paper Link
Graph Paper with Two Lines Per Inch – Letter-Sized31
This basic letter-sized graph paper has two aqua blue lines per inch.
Storyboard Templates Link
MBTI Sketching Paper for Ideation37
With this MBTI sketching paper for ideation sessions, you can describe a design challenge on every piece of sketching paper which represents the problem you want to solve. There’s also some space for annotations. You can download the PDF in A4 and A3.
Scenario, Taskflow and Grid Sketchsheets44
This all-in-one PDF download package contains scenario, task-flow and grid templates. All can be useful during the early stages of web development process. Here are the three templates:
Lined and Notepad Paper Link
Speciality Paper Link
Printable Cornell Note Paper52
This Cornell Notes paper is lined and additionally formatted with two large blank areas for a summary and a cue (on which to later note and review main ideas, ask questions, or draw diagrams).
Moleskine Writing Template by Rod Graves54
This template is based on a medieval page layout principle described in Robert Bringhurst’s classic book on typography, The Elements of Typographic Style. The Large sized notebook’s dimensions are nearly equivalent to a Golden Section rectangle (1:1.61803…). The design of the template is related to the golden section / the Fibonacci sequence.
Weekly Printable Calendar58
This calendar’s overview format lets you prioritize tasks, schedule appointments, and jot down notes all on one page. Custom options include Letter and A4 printing sizes, start day of the week, time range, and multiple languages.
Index card sized Printable Calendars66
Choose from 4 different compact templates for printing directly to3x5 and 4×6 index cards (with the dates already filled in). Here are the download links: Monthly Calendar67, Split Month Calendar68, Yearly Calendar69 and 2-Year Calendar70.
Music Sheets Link
Music Paper from the University of Virginia72
There are many sites where you can download blank music sheets, but none are as a comprehensive and detailed as this resource. You can select PostScript or PDF formats for your templates; they are all sized 81/2 x 11 (portrait orientation). Overall, there are 37 templates available and they are split into the following categories: General (9 templates), Solo (3 templates), Ensemble (8 templates), Band (4 templates), Orchestra (4 templates) and finally templates for Choral (8 templates). Below you can see examples of the Basic template and the Full Orchestra templates:
Generators and Tools Link
Incompetech Grid and Graph Paper Generator75
On this site you can generate basic graph templates in any size, color and even by grid spacing, you can also choose from the scores of different graph variations: Axonometric Perspective, Cross Grid, Inverted, Equilateral Triangle, Octagonal, Hexagonal, Semi-bisected Trapezoid and Tumbling Block – Trapezoid.
Print Free Graph Paper77
Here you can choose the size (Letter or A4), paper type (Cartesian, Polar, Isometric…), measuring units (Millimetres or Inches) and finally whether you want the paper formatted or un-formatted.
All work and no play PDFs Link
Downloadable Origami Templates78
You know the saying “all work and no play…”. Well, not all printable PDFs are geared towards work. How about a fun stress reliever? This site offers a huge database of printable origami models that will keep you amused for hours. Best not to make these during collaboration and brainstorming meetings though!
What other goodies would you like us to collect? Link
Would you like us to collect other PDFs, files, download kits? Let us know what you need in the comments below and we will collect them and present them in one of our upcoming posts!
- 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/09/01/35-excellent-wireframing-resources/
- 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/09/free-download-ux-sketching-wireframing-templates-mobile/
- 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/12/the-messy-art-of-ux-sketching/
- 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/02/05/50-free-ui-and-web-design-wireframing-kits-resources-and-source-files/
- 5 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Paper-Browser/328381
- 6 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Paper-Browser/328381
- 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/88005207@N00/3884016462/
- 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/88005207@N00/3884016462/
- 9 http://interactivelogic.net/wp/2009/09/iphone-wireframe-templates/
- 10 http://interactivelogic.net/wp/2009/09/iphone-wireframe-templates/
- 11 http://wireframe-tools.net/3flab/
- 12 http://wireframe-tools.net/3flab/
- 13 http://wireframe-tools.net/3flab/
- 14 http://wireframe-tools.net/3flab/
- 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/owaters/3846053408/
- 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/owaters/3846053408/
- 17 http://gliderguns.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/android_wireframe_templates3.pdf
- 18 http://gliderguns.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/android_wireframe_templates3.pdf
- 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/alfonsobozzelli/3949828341/
- 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/alfonsobozzelli/3949828341/
- 21 http://www.henkwijnholds.com/prolonging-the-magic-a4-sketching-paper/
- 22 http://www.henkwijnholds.com/prolonging-the-magic-a4-sketching-paper/
- 23 http://konigi.com/tools/graph-paper/
- 24 http://konigi.com/tools/graph-paper/
- 25 http://konigi.com/tools/graph-paper/
- 26 http://konigi.com/tools/graph-paper/
- 27 http://konigi.com/tools/graph-paper/
- 28 http://konigi.com/tools/graph-paper/
- 29 http://zurb.com/playground/zurb-grid-paper
- 30 http://zurb.com/playground/zurb-grid-paper
- 31 http://www.printablepaper.net/preview/grid-portrait-letter-2-noindex
- 32 http://www.printablepaper.net/preview/grid-portrait-letter-2-noindex
- 33 http://www.printablepaper.net/preview/dot-portrait-letter-4
- 34 http://www.printablepaper.net/preview/dot-portrait-letter-4
- 35 https://www.printablepaper.net/category/storyboard
- 36 https://www.printablepaper.net/category/storyboard
- 37 http://www.henkwijnholds.com/mbti-sketching-paper-ideation/
- 38 http://www.henkwijnholds.com/mbti-sketching-paper-ideation/
- 39 http://zurb.com/playground/responsive-sketchsheets
- 40 http://www.selfreliantfilm.com/?p=180
- 41 http://zurb.com/playground/responsive-sketchsheets
- 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/88005207@N00/3883225131/
- 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/88005207@N00/3883225131/
- 44 http://www.uxarray.com/2009/03/06/scenario-taskflow-and-grid-sketchsheets/
- 45 http://www.uxarray.com/2009/03/06/scenario-taskflow-and-grid-sketchsheets/
- 46 http://www.uxarray.com/2009/03/06/scenario-taskflow-and-grid-sketchsheets/
- 47 http://www.uxarray.com/2009/03/06/scenario-taskflow-and-grid-sketchsheets/
- 48 http://www.printablepaper.net/preview/lined-portrait-letter-narrow
- 49 http://www.printablepaper.net/preview/lined-portrait-letter-narrow
- 50 https://www.worksheetworks.com/miscellanea/graph-paper/standard.html
- 51 https://www.worksheetworks.com/miscellanea/graph-paper/standard.html
- 52 http://www.printablepaper.net/preview/Cornell_Notes-letter
- 53 http://www.printablepaper.net/preview/Cornell_Notes-letter
- 54 http://rodgraves.com/moleskine/
- 55 http://rodgraves.com/moleskine/
- 56 http://www.printablepaper.net/preview/penmanship-portrait-A4-12
- 57 http://www.printablepaper.net/preview/penmanship-portrait-A4-12
- 58 http://www.calendarsquick.com/printables/download.html;jsessionid=C2ECEC55C761BAE0476358267ACC0FA4?action=customWeekly
- 59 http://www.calendarsquick.com/printables/download.html;jsessionid=C2ECEC55C761BAE0476358267ACC0FA4?action=customWeekly
- 60 http://www.calendarsquick.com/printables/download.html;jsessionid=C2ECEC55C761BAE0476358267ACC0FA4?action=classicMonthly
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- 62 http://www.calendarsquick.com/printables/download.html;jsessionid=C2ECEC55C761BAE0476358267ACC0FA4?action=monthlyFiveDay
- 63 http://www.calendarsquick.com/printables/download.html;jsessionid=C2ECEC55C761BAE0476358267ACC0FA4?action=monthlyFiveDay
- 64 http://www.calendarsquick.com/printables/download.html;jsessionid=C2ECEC55C761BAE0476358267ACC0FA4?action=weeklyLinedNoTimes
- 65 http://www.calendarsquick.com/printables/download.html;jsessionid=C2ECEC55C761BAE0476358267ACC0FA4?action=weeklyLinedNoTimes
- 66 http://www.calendarsquick.com/printables/free.html
- 67 http://www.calendarsquick.com/printables/download.html?action=indexCardMonthly
- 68 http://www.calendarsquick.com/printables/download.html?action=indexCardSplitMonth
- 69 http://www.calendarsquick.com/printables/download.html?action=indexCardYearly
- 70 http://www.calendarsquick.com/printables/download.html?action=indexCardTwoYear
- 71 http://www.calendarsquick.com/printables/free.html
- 72 http://people.virginia.edu/~pdr4h/musicpaper/
- 73 http://people.virginia.edu/~pdr4h/musicpaper/
- 74 http://people.virginia.edu/~pdr4h/musicpaper/
- 75 http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/squarecross/
- 76 http://www.botsko.net/Demos/notepad_generator/
- 77 http://www.printfreegraphpaper.com/
- 78 http://www.origami-fun.com/printable-origami.html