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UX Project Canvas Template

Visualize the big picture of your UX and design projects

About the UX Project Canvas template

What is a UX project canvas?

Inspired by Alexander Osterwalder's 2005 business model canvas, the project canvas will help your team visualize the big picture of your UX and design projects, providing a convenient structure that holds all of your important data.

This project canvas was created by Jim Kalbach, author and UX designer who has worked with Citrix, Elsevier Science, and other large international companies. According to Kalbach, the project canvas is designed to make an otherwise dry topic—defining a project—lively and engaging. It allows your team to visualize key elements defining a project in a single grid.

Advantages of using a UX project canvas

The UX project canvas is an innovative tool that helps transform an idea into a project plan, and stimulates collaboration and communication between all involved parties (project team, sponsor, stakeholders, etc.). The clear one-page overview provides insight into interactions between the different project topics (scope, time, cost, risk, team, etc.).

Unlike alternative models, the project canvas is a simple interface. There are few startup costs, and employees can easily be brought up to speed to start using the canvas quickly.

When to use a UX project canvas

The UX project canvas is an effective tool whether your team is working on a new UX or design project, or wants to structure an existing one. The project canvas is useful for project managers, designers, content managers, UX/UI specialists, developers, and client representatives. You can use the canvas whenever you need to quickly bring a teammate up to speed on a project, plan a new project, consult with stakeholders, or iterate.

Here are the five factors of a successful project canvas:

  1. What is the nature of the project? Describe it in as much detail as you can. 

  2. Why do you need to complete this project? Tie the project to your business goals and team objectives.

  3. Who do you need to help you complete the project? List any stakeholders or subject matter experts to consult with throughout the project.

  4. When should the project be completed? What does the timeline look like?

  5. How do you plan on getting the project done? List steps throughout the process.

Create your own UX project canvas

Miro’s whiteboard tool is perfect for creating and sharing your project canvas. Get started by selecting this quick and easy UX Project Canvas template.

UX Project Canvas Template

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