What is Wireframe?
Wireframes are the skeleton of the website. Wireframes consist of a simple layout, in black and white with basic shapes and elements with limited colors and styling. Wireframes define overall user-journey across the app/website as it is the vital part of any UX (User Experience).
Why do we use wireframes?
“One can’t paint the walls of a house that isn’t built yet. The same logic applies with wireframes and design.”
Creating wireframes makes the process quicker and smoother. It becomes easy for the designer to get down in the granular details of the visual design, that helps to make sure about the pixels, text alignment or color combination.
By creating the wireframe and content before design, we can visually experience the site from much more detailed perspective without getting distracted by the design. Finalizating the content in the wireframe phase plays an important role in website/app development as it will give the accurate idea about actual interface design. Modifying wireframes are much easier than completely re-route it in design. Moreover, the wireframes help to identify and overcome the issues regarding the usability and utility as well.
Sometimes when it becomes too difficult to understand the complex concepts, features and functionality for the person with not-technical background, wireframe simplifies the process and make it so easy for any user from any background to understand such complex aspects.
Types Of Wireframes :
Technically, there are two different types of wireframes: static and dynamic. How are these different?
The static Wireframe:
This is the basic conceptual scheme, as it is the first draft of the design that fundamentally defines which elements are to be included. Content and designs are not given the importance at this stage.
The Dynamic Wireframe:
In the dynamic wireframe, the design already consists of several pages that already have been brought into a hierarchical order. Here, some functions such as search and navigation can be tested and checked, as the link between the pages already works.
Advantages of Wireframes:
Saves time: As all the necessary visual documentation, function and specifications are already defined, you can avoid a lot of useless time when getting into the creation of an actual product. Wireframes also save time on unnecessary communication, if they are properly documented.
Wireframe displays the site architecture visually that means when abstract nature of flow chart turns into something real and tangible without distraction. This ensures that all the parties are at the same stage.
With the help of wireframes we get the clarifications of the websites or mobile app features. Wireframing the features provides a clear communication to a clear about how those features will function, where they will live on the specific page and how useful they might actually be.
Wireframes makes the updates identification very easy. It identifies the important areas of content growth and how well your site can handle this growth.
Wireframes makes the design process iterative, as it allows the client to provide feedback earlier in the process. Skipping the wireframes delay in the feedback and thus it increases the costs of making the changes as full mock-up designed must be reworked.
Ultimately, wireframes make the job of website/app designer and developers quite easy and efficient. There are vast quality and deficiency issues found for the projects that are planned and executed without wireframes. Hence, it's quite essential to start the project with wireframes in order to make the execution successful and efficient.
We at StellarBee, provide high fidelity wireframes for all kinds of web and mobile projects. As a crucial part of UX, we prepare the wireframe in a way, that defines and simplifies the overall user journey, flow and interactions.
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