Why Do Wireframes Exist?
“A wireframe is a schematic, a blueprint, useful to help you and your programmers and designers think and communicate about the structure of the software or website you’re building.” (Balsamiq)
When creating a user-oriented product like a website or mobile app, it’s easy to get stuck in the trap of dipping straight into the design without understanding the bigger picture of the layout. This is the reason wireframes come into play in the design process—they’re a great way to make sure the design process is organized by allowing designers to envision the overall layout of the project before getting into the nitty-gritty design details.
What Are Wireframes Good For?
Using wireframes in the design process makes the transition to hi-fi designs much easier, which saves both time and effort for everyone on the project. Though it’s possible that there will be changes to the layout once the design decisions are being made, by building a wireframe to start, you have a good roadmap of what the final project will look like.
By giving designers the ability to add all desired components and elements from the beginning, it’s much easier to start off the project with high production and add in the flavoring later.