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Wireframing!

Useful tools and information
        architecture!
Wireframing!

“A website wireframe is a basic
visual guide used in interface
design to suggest the structure of a
website and relationships between
its pages.”!
                              (Wikipedia) !
Wireframe Benefits!
•  Demonstrates a site concept quickly, allowing
stakeholders to react to content placement and
rendering!
•  Allows for usability testing early in the project
lifecycle!
•  Teamwork and project communication:!
   •  Can provide guidance to visual designers with
   respect to information priorities!
   •  Can facilitate collaboration between design team
   and information architects!
Example!




           Image from http://jlrinteractive.com !
When to use!
•  Complex projects, with lots of interaction
or information classification!
•  Early in the design (before preparing
comps, or passing to a developer)!
•  If the UI is not understood during project
discovery!
When ʻnotʼ to use!              (Be	
  sneaky	
  instead)	
  



•  If the stakeholders/review panel are
expecting full graphical mockups!
•  If the ʻclientʼ is not willing to be
educated in IA/wireframes!
•  Users are not involved in the site
design process!
•  Smaller, simple projects!
Tools!
Professional Applications:!
•  Visio (PC only)!
•  OmniGraffle (Mac only)!
•  InDesign!

Pen and paper!!
Simple Choice!
•  Balsamiq Mockups – can export to HTML via
Napkee. AIR application, and online version soon.!
•  Looks like a sketch – so isnʼt mistaken for
graphical mockup!
•  Quick & easy!
Other Resources!
•  Wireframes Magazine wireframes.linowski.ca!
•  Yahoo! Design Pattern Library
developer.yahoo.com/ypatterns!
•  Smashing Magazine
www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/09/01/35-excellent-
wireframing-resources!
•  Boxes and Arrows (IA focus) boxesandarrows.com!

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Wireframes

  • 1. Wireframing! Useful tools and information architecture!
  • 2. Wireframing! “A website wireframe is a basic visual guide used in interface design to suggest the structure of a website and relationships between its pages.”! (Wikipedia) !
  • 3. Wireframe Benefits! •  Demonstrates a site concept quickly, allowing stakeholders to react to content placement and rendering! •  Allows for usability testing early in the project lifecycle! •  Teamwork and project communication:! •  Can provide guidance to visual designers with respect to information priorities! •  Can facilitate collaboration between design team and information architects!
  • 4. Example! Image from http://jlrinteractive.com !
  • 5. When to use! •  Complex projects, with lots of interaction or information classification! •  Early in the design (before preparing comps, or passing to a developer)! •  If the UI is not understood during project discovery!
  • 6. When ʻnotʼ to use! (Be  sneaky  instead)   •  If the stakeholders/review panel are expecting full graphical mockups! •  If the ʻclientʼ is not willing to be educated in IA/wireframes! •  Users are not involved in the site design process! •  Smaller, simple projects!
  • 7. Tools! Professional Applications:! •  Visio (PC only)! •  OmniGraffle (Mac only)! •  InDesign! Pen and paper!!
  • 8. Simple Choice! •  Balsamiq Mockups – can export to HTML via Napkee. AIR application, and online version soon.! •  Looks like a sketch – so isnʼt mistaken for graphical mockup! •  Quick & easy!
  • 9. Other Resources! •  Wireframes Magazine wireframes.linowski.ca! •  Yahoo! Design Pattern Library developer.yahoo.com/ypatterns! •  Smashing Magazine www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/09/01/35-excellent- wireframing-resources! •  Boxes and Arrows (IA focus) boxesandarrows.com!