How to Succeed In Wireframe Design

From the advent of web development in the 1990s to now, the domain has undergone a sea change. Websites during the early days of the internet were no more than groups of single web pages. Today, websites are sophisticated, complex, and involve components of engineering and artificial intelligence as well. These changes have been possible thanks to the continuous development of technology used for designing web pages and the methodology that web developers use. 

If you visit a UX consulting service to facilitate your website design, it is unlikely that you will receive a complete, well-designed website in the first go. The developer is likely to present you with what is known as the wireframe of the website. The wireframe may be considered the template on which the website will be built. It is the first draft of the website and will form the platform on which further development of the site will take place.

The advantage of having a wireframe is that you do not need to expend any development capabilities in creating a blueprint of your website. As a result, the website’s programming and coding are initiated with a firm and matured target design in mind, which makes the process of development faster and much more efficient.

Here is a look at the ways through which you can succeed in wireframe design.

Reduce Decorative Elements

As a web designer, it can often be enticing to fill any design that you create with colorful elements and ensure that it is good to look at. Indeed, this is what you will eventually be doing during the core development stage of every project. However, when it comes to designing a wireframe, it is essential to realize that your primary motive is to show the various elements of your webpage and the interactions between these elements. Hence, do only what is necessary to achieve this purpose.

Keep It Simple

This may be considered an extension of the previous point. There is no need to dive deep into each of the components of your page. Instead, your more successful designs are likely not to contain a large number of elements but rather highlight only the most important features of the website.

Be Consistent

In your website’s final design, you will likely have the freedom to experiment with various types of elements in terms of design and appearance. However, currently, your motive is to make the aim of your website clear to the viewer. Hence, create the wireframe in such a way that similar elements look similar. You may use some color to highlight the similarities among elements. For example, two buttons that take you to the same location may look exactly the same.

Focus On The Text

If you have ever worked with wireframes, you might have noticed that developers have a tendency to pay little heed to what the text on the wireframe is. In fact, most developers will not even bother with adding text and use Lorem Ipsum instead. This is not a good practice and might even make the website confusing for your viewer. 

Include Annotations

It is helpful to remember that your wireframe is no more than a preliminary guide for your client on what the eventual website will look like and what its functionality will be. As a result, do not be afraid to include further guidance on the wireframe in the form of annotations. If your page contains a large number of elements, annotations can be especially useful in explaining to your client what each element is meant for.

Conclusion

When clients deal with UX consulting services, they generally expect to be a part of every step of the website development process. Rightly so, since the website is the primary mouthpiece of their business. A wireframe is an excellent option if you wish to take inputs from your client regarding the website you are creating for them without indulging in full-fledged web development.

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