What is Wireframing: Process explained
There has always been a lot of overlap between wireframes and prototypes. In a general sense, wireframes are less detailed versions of prototypes and has a slightly different purpose.
A wireframe is basically a screen blueprint providing a visual guide that represents the bare-bones skeleton of overall all system. Wireframes are created for the purpose of arranging elements to best accomplish a particular purpose.
Wireframing process involves laying out content and functionality on a page at structural level in away that takes into account the user needs and user journeys.
Advantages of Wireframing
- Provides an early visual to you and your clients which will help both parties to fill the gaps in understanding at a very early stage.
- It serves as an early feedback mechanism for prototype usability test.
- Easier to amend wireframes compared to concept prototypes.
- Helps in bringing the teams on the same page in sense of clarity for Project’s vision and goals in longer run.
Disadvantages of Wireframing
- As wireframing lacks design element, it sometimes might get difficult for lest techie client to understand and grasp the whole intent behind wireframing.
- As designers will translate the wireframes to prototype, a communication channel is required to explain why the screen elements are kept as they are.