Before constructing a house, an architect creates a detailed blueprint. Builders then use that detailed blueprint as a guiding reference during the construction process. Without the blueprint, builders will not have access to important details necessary to build the house. Similarly, we create detailed wireframes upfront to guide developers when programming begins. Our goal is to establish the content layout prior to high-fidelity design and software development. Establishing content layout helps prevent costly rework downstream.
Sketching is our best friend. We love sketching! Sketching is bundled into the wireframing process as well, and this exercise helps us rapidly iterate and produce solutions, all in a low-risk environment. Altogether, wireframing is an effective method towards creating solutions while being conscientious of time and resources.
In the scope of product development, wireframes are one of the first polished deliverables that can accurately portray the final product’s structure. Wireframes are an excellent resource for designers, developers, and stakeholders to understand how the interface is configured and how the wireframe meets our design requirements.
In an architectural blueprint, annotations help define what materials are used and where to use them. Similarly, we need to communicate what content items we build our wireframes with and do so in a low-fidelity format. Lucky for us, we have wireframe elements at our disposal!
Consider the following question then check your answer.
Why is wireframing important?