Wireframe: The Initial Concept

A wireframe is a simple representation of a screen. With this outline, we can get an initial idea of how the different elements that make up a screen (text, icons, images) will be positioned, similar to how we would ask an architect to create a blueprint for our house.

A wireframe is drawn with simple lines and in the same color, allowing a focus on the structural aspects of a screen. In this way, we can evaluate different navigation alternatives and interactions between pages. Moreover, it serves to convey abstract ideas of what is intended to be captured on a screen, enabling others to concentrate on functionality rather than aesthetics when analyzing them.

It also serves as an excellent tool for detecting interaction and usability issues, as we can use these linear designs to conduct tests with real people. The advantage of creating a wireframe early on is that it allows us to save on costs and time. This is because we thoroughly evaluate aspects related to navigation and interaction, whether for a website or an app. Subsequently, when transitioning to the design phase, we can work on well-defined structures.

While there’s nothing better than sketching a wireframe by hand, numerous programs easily replace pen and paper. These programs offer a wide variety of UI kits for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows (not to mention those available on platforms like Dribbble or Behance), among other elements. Some of the most well-known programs include Balsamiq, Omnigraffle, and Axure, as well as cloud-based options like InVision.

What is the best way to design a wireframe? This largely depends on each designer, as some excel at freehand sketching, while others feel more comfortable with templates and programs like those mentioned earlier. However, we recommend that before starting a web or app design project, you create a small wireframe to facilitate seamless work without distractions.

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