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How To Create An Effective Wireframe That Will Simplify Your Design Process

An effective wireframe design helps to boost your project development process

17Mar

For the development of any project, it requires in-depth research, conceptualization and attractive layout in its commencement stages. Nowadays, for web development or mobile app development, creating a wireframe offers several advantages in order to make the further development process simple. A wireframing is a page schematic or a visual representation of the different elements required in the mobile app or website. It portrays the layout of the page, including the content, navigation systems, and interface elements as well as make clear about their functionality. A wireframe can be created using online tools or by hand drawing in black and white only. Its key focuses are content, behavior, and functionality.

Normally, wireframing is useful in exemplifying the features, links and the content that will need to be placed on the page. It is helpful for both designers as well as developers to understand its prototype and features. The wireframe makes the designing process easy as it gives a visual representation of the page before commencing the actual designing process. As wireframing is so important in making an app development process successful, it's necessary to know useful details before starting it. Generally, while creating a wireframe, you should focus on the fundamental precedence of the functions and information, as well as a range of functions to include and set of laws to display certain information and elements.

Here is just some of the important information necessary to create a solid wireframe to help your designers to make their task efficient and simple:

Understand Your Key Objectives

You cannot create any website or application just by starting to write code or design a page. Put your ideas and concepts on paper and prepare a list to include tools, element, content, and other important components for your project. Deciding a device you want to launch the project on is also a key concern when starting wireframing. As the look of the page is different on different devices (devices such as mobile, laptop, desktop, tablets, smart watches, kiosks, and smart TVs) as well as different mobile platforms (such as iOS and Android), you should account for the device as well as a platform to design your app. Communicate with your customers, if they are looking for a responsive mobile wireframe. It is essential to make these decisions in the commencement stage so that your designers can avoid making amendments in the later stages.

Screen Orientation

The orientation of your screen is also a key thing to consider. Designing a landscape or portrait screen layout is necessary to decide prior to starting wireframe. As on a tablet or on mobile, the design looks different in landscape and portrait modes. You should reflect on each aspect of the project's requirements and perspective of use, to design it in either landscape or portrait mode. Locking screen orientation can solve the problem, but ensure your purpose before changing the normal behavior of the user. Make precise usability tests prior to moving further.

Create an accurate wireframe

Focus on the project content and the way you represent it on the page. It is necessary that relevant and well-written content gives excellent design outcomes. Always, consider which content is the significant thing on the page. Display the content in a way that is most suitable to meeting the project requirements and suitability for end-users. Presenting content in a good manner is an essential stage of wireframing. Well-arranged content with headings, paragraphs, bullets, tables, etc., should be integral to enhancing the look of the page and provide easy readability for users. Thus, organizing content well is an important aspect while creating an effective wireframe.

Use Blocks for precise wireframe

Blocks are great for presenting content areas in a simple way. Blocks are useful to detach different sections and enhance the appearance of each part such as a logo, header, footer, and navigation areas. Once you set up a basic layout using blocks, you can put real the content in place, giving you an idea of how the layout will look with actual content such as introduction, navigation items, headings, subheadings, etc.

Tag the sections

In order to make your wireframe sophisticated and easy to understand, you should tag each section that you set in your wireframe. It also helps designers and developers to understand the layout and streamline their work.

The overall look

You should concentrate on the flow of the areas you have designed while wireframing. The flow of content from one section to another should not disturb the mind of readers, and should also ensure that the position of other elements is proper. Offering easy navigation to users helps in sustaining their interest in further exploring pages. From the top of the page to the end of the page, make sure both the placement of each element and the navigation style meet your project purpose.

Deciding the Type of Wireframe

There are many different types of wireframes, such as low fidelity and high fidelity. Low-fidelity wireframes are useful in making the communication process easy by presenting content and UI elements as lines or boxes without any tags, ordinarily in grayscale without the use of any color. When you wish to make a quick wireframe design, low fidelity wireframe is useful. High-fidelity wireframes are used for preparing documents or when detailed information is required. They comprise of all important information about every element available on the page. It is similar to a mockup, including realistic UI elements and things like shadows and textures.

There are several tools available to create wireframes as well as graphics software such as Photoshop, Firefox, or presentation software like PowerPoint, keynote, etc. to make your wireframe design interesting and meaningful.

Conclusion

Designing an effective wireframe is useful in justifying the project in the stage prior to its commencement. It requires profound knowledge and experience to comprehend the project concept and end-user's mind to sketch a precise wireframe. Preparing a foolproof and solid wireframe simplifies your project's design and development process and reduces the likelihood of amendments. An expert web and mobile app development company with a team of UI/UX designers, graphic artists, and developers can deliver productive services for development of your innovative web or mobile apps.

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Mehul Rajput is a CEO of Mindinventory, a leading mobile application development company specialized in android and iOS app development. He does blogging as hobby and love to write on mobile technologies, app development and mobile app marketing.

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