Workshop and Exercise Supplies*
Whiteboards or Post-it Pads
You will want a lot of whiteboard or other workspace for drawing and collaborating. You should consider getting:
Portable Audio Recorder
When doing customer interviews and other work sessions you'll want a reliable way to record the audio. This recorder is easy to use and has built-in USB to make transferring audio files to your computer nice and easy.
Black Whiteboard Markers
Nothing beats having a stockpile of quality black markers. You'll use these for exercises on whiteboards and on paper. The thick tip keeps your drawings and sketches loose and keeps you from trying to add too much detail. Get at least 12.
Felt Tip Pens
These are great for sketching on your sticky notes or regular paper. The wider point keeps you from trying to get too detailed. It's good to have a few colors on hand for making notes or marking up sketches.
Colored Sticky Notes
We recommend yellow sticky notes for most things, but colored notes will help you keep things organized for some of the exercises. One box of assorted colors will be enough to get you started.
Plain White Copy Paper
No need to buy fancy paper. You'll just use it for quick notes and sketches. You can buy some here or just steal some from the nearest copier. One ream is probably more than enough for now.
Mobile UI Notebook
This is a great notebook to have on hand when it's time to do paper prototyping. It gives you 6 screens per page which is enough for a simple workflow or to show several options of one screen.
Field Notes - Our Favorite Pocket Notebook
Field Notes brand notebooks have been our go-to for over a decade. They're just the right size and the dot grid paper (important - get the dot grid) makes it super easy to take notes or create simple sketches.
Books and Other Resources*
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