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29 Oct, 2020

3 Essentials that make or break a Wireframe

We were in a meeting recently and one of our business analysts shared a story where he was asked to create wireframes for a client. He was asked because the client himself didn’t exactly know what he wanted in his mobile app. The client had a rough idea of what his app might look and feel like but wasn’t sure whether to go into its development stage.

Enter Wireframes! Our business analysts created a wireframe that depicted the client’s idea exactly and to top it off, the wireframes were substantial in idea modification as well.

The efficacy and essentials of wireframes lie in the fact that they are able to converge a thought process for any mobile application or a website. You get a firsthand account of how your mobile app would feel and whether it’s headed in the right direction.

The process of wireframing isn’t exactly rocket science. However, like any other process wireframes has essentials that need to be met in order to deliver an end-product that’s supreme. Here are 3 essentials that can make or break a wireframe:

1- Wireframes Need to Portray Usability:

The primary purpose of wireframes is to portray usability and it does this through showcasing page layouts. The core components of any page layout determine a page’s purpose and even design for the future.

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Wireframes should be usability focused as the primary purpose is to deliver screens that have a knack for navigation and user control. When a user sees a wireframe, his thought process firstly shouldn’t get jumbled up. Secondly, the usability features must be enhanced so that a page layout effectively captures the very purpose of a wireframe.

Some of the features that portray usability include:

Conversion Paths: A user’s journey in the app which ultimately leads to conversion.

Navigation Placement: Navigation panels are the core of usability.

Feature Placement: Menu bars, dropdowns, and sliders are some features of a mobile app. Their placement is a defining feature for usability.

2. Architecture:

Architecture for a site or a mobile app refers to the content structure on your website. It’s an organized structure that is usually built in a hierarchy and is a central feature in navigation. Even though the role of site architecture is quite different in technical terms yet its relevance in wireframes presents a make or break case. Mobile or site architecture represents the overall connecting points of a website. Hence its importance is paramount in the process of wireframing.

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3. Interactions and Layout Needs:

Interactive wireframing techniques can build your case for better UX. Mobile applications and website wireframes when interactive can change the way you perceive a wireframe, to begin with. It puts a sense of dynamics on your website and users are better able to understand the workflow. User Experience isn’t only dependent on interactivity in a wireframe. Web and mobile app layouts are also a part of UX and everything else that is connected within this framework.

Overall, the very essence of a workflow experience can be improved to a significant extent with interactions that are effective. Of course, interactions also give you an idea of where your product is ultimately heading and where it requires modifications.

A Note on Responsive Thinking:

We firmly believe that the art of wireframing requires responsive thinking among team members. Working on a wireframe isn’t just about delivering a few frames or visuals for a webpage. It’s about understanding a product through a user’s perspective. If teams use responsive thinking in approaching wireframe challenges, then things can change drastically. Whether it’s design collaboration or workflow, the main aspect is to make a product that’s efficient and serves the very purpose of wireframing. Mockup Machine with its dedicated resource can help you out by redefining your business model through purposeful wireframes.

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