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My Googling powers are failing me. Does anyone have an an example or definition of a scamp? It appears to be some kind of wireframe, but careless?

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What is the context of this? Is it something you've overheard, or was it a client request? It's not something I've ever come across. A 'careless' wireframe I would refer to as a 'sketchy' one drawn up in a hand-drawn style. –  JonW Oct 27 '11 at 11:10
A miserable little pile of mockups! But enough talk, have at you! –  Ben Brocka Oct 27 '11 at 13:32
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According to Wikipedia, in the UX context a Scamp is:

Scamp - a first rough or mockup usually used in artworking terms (scamp up a design during a design brief).

/EDIT - Another link discussing possible origins of the term: What is a Scamp?

Finally, here are another load of definitions.

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Thanks, Jon. :) –  Bob Oct 27 '11 at 11:38
so some mashup of a sketch and a comp - it should be a skomp surely! –  Roger Attrill Oct 27 '11 at 13:42
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UX seems to treat the concept of 'scamps' a little differently to other design disciplines, where the definition above seems spot-on. But UX people generally seem to use the term to mean something that sits conceptually in between a wireframe and a finished visual design - a wireframe with added visual design information, if you like.

They seem most useful in the context of developing additional layouts or functionality for an existing site, when it can be useful for the client to see mock-ups that have the header and footer and some of the design language they're expecting to see, but at short order.

Here is a lovely Pinterest board of various design scamps: http://pinterest.com/alki90/scamps/

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