Do you know that a well produced, quality wireframe is a critical phase in the creative process and could make all the difference while working with different stakeholders? The need to create an acceptable blueprint for any website which would aid users accessibility has become important in this ever innovative world.
What is Wireframe
Wireframes are the foundation on which to begin building your website or mobile App. It is often a simple sketch that shows the navigation, the main buttons, the columns, the placing of different elements in a Website or Mobile Application. A wireframe is a very basic layout of a web page that includes no color, no imagery and, in some few cases, no text.
How to use Wireframes
Since the goal of any wireframe is to “fit” the elements into a layout, not indicate how elements may actually appear in a final design, only where they will be located, a simple pencil sketch may suffice. In addition, there are some tools that make the process of wireframing easy, these tools include Axure, Balsamiq Mockups, Google Draw, Visio e.t.c. Creating wireframes using software makes the iterative process inherent in web design much less of a chore.
Why We Wireframe in Design Process Of Website/ Mobile Apps Development
So, why do we set out creating the skeleton for any new website or Mobile App project with wireframing? Why don’t we simply jump into the fun stuff by creating beautiful and detailed designs? The answer isn’t far fetched. Most clients might become problematic in the course of the design process and sometimes we might lose focus on the project.
Without the distractions of Colour, Imagery, and fonts, we just focus on the underlying elements of the project. Thus, we have the chance to focus on the most important aspect of design-User Experience- which is essential from Conversion to Customer Loyalty.
Without further Ado, i’ll delve into the 4 reasons Wireframing has been seen as an important part of the Design process for Website and Mobile Apps Development.
1. Wireframe Outlines Features and Functionality
Clients are most often taken by surprise when they see their fully developed site as some of the features used by the developers doesn’t resonate with what they feel was discussed during project briefing. Wireframes have come to the rescue as it is essential to matching the client’s vision with the developers’. It’s similar to giving an interior decorator a chance to see the room, make a note of the dimensions, placement of the doors and windows and see if there are any angles that need to be addressed before having him/her bring in furniture or wall decorations that don’t fit.
2. Wireframe Defines Information Hierarchy
Wireframe is a skeletal framework that defines how information would be outlined on a website or Mobile Application. Smart Developers in recent years have realised the importance of drawing a wireframe before any developmental process as this aids efficiency and organisation.
3. Wireframe Gives Clarity to Layout and Navigation
Having a schematic overview of a website or Mobile App Layout before development keeps the developer and the clients in one page. Navigation is often taken for granted, but it plays a crucial role in getting site visitors to view more than just the home page. If navigation choices are unclear, visitors may elect to hit the “Back” button on their first (and final) visit to a Web site. Thus, having a wireframe detailing the Layout and Navigation of your Website or Mobile App would give understanding to the users of the organogram of the site or App and help to define contents that would be suitable.
4. Wireframes Pushes User Experience to the Forefront
User experience design is a method of increasing customer loyalty and satisfaction by improving usability and enjoyment in the interaction between the customer and the site, app, and product. In this modern era, i personally believe that the customer (user) is the king in the design of any product, which is where wireframing come in. Navigations and Layouts, Information hierarchy, functionality and features, Interface Elements and Contents are all done to make users have a good experience and overall perform profitable action.
In summary watching designers draw out a visual representation of the site and sitting to review with a broader team and the clients have made me realize that the importance of wire-frames in the developmental processes of Website and Mobile Applications can never be overemphasized.
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