A Beginner's Guide to
Wireframes are a visual representation of the structure of a web or mobile application. They are used to plan the layout and functionality of a digital product before it is built, and they can be created using a variety of tools, such as pen and paper or software.
There are a number of important benefits to using wireframes in software development, which is why they’re a part of every product Revelry builds. Wireframes help:
- Improve communication between all stakeholders and across your product delivery team. Wireframes are used to communicate the vision for the product to everyone involved in the development process, from product managers and visual designers to engineers and project leaders. Wireframes help ensure everyone is on the same page and that the final product meets the needs of all users.
- Identify usability issues early on. Wireframes are used to identify potential usability problems with a digital product before it’s built. This can save time and money in the long run, as it can prevent the need to make major changes to the product later on.
- Test different layouts and designs. Wireframes are used to test different product layouts and designs, so that the best UI and UX designs make it to market.
3 Main Types of Wireframes
- Low-fidelity wireframes are simple drawings that show the basic structure of a digital product. They are used to get the overall design of a product right.
- Medium-fidelity wireframes are more detailed than low-fidelity wireframes. They show the layout of a product, as well as the basic functionality of the product.
- High-fidelity wireframes are the most detailed type of wireframe. They show the layout, functionality, and design of a digital product. They are used to get feedback from users before the product is built.
Wireframes are an important tool in software development. They help improve communication, identify usability issues, and test different layouts and designs. By using wireframes, software developers are able to create digital products that are user-friendly and meet the needs of their users.
Additional Tips for Using Wireframes in Software Development
- Start with the user in mind. When creating wireframes, always keep the user in mind. What are their needs? What will they want to do with the product?
- Be flexible. Wireframes are not set in stone. They should be used as a starting point for discussion and iteration.
- Get feedback. Once you have created a wireframe, get feedback from users. This will help you to identify any usability issues and to make sure that the wireframe meets the needs of your users.
- Use the right tool for the job. There are many different tools available for creating wireframes. Choose the tool that is right for you and your team.
At Revelry, we love this stuff. If you’d like to chat about wireframes (or any aspect of product development) more, let’s connect – and build something amazing together.