Wireframing tools are an excellent resource for mapping out a design project. By utilizing a wireframe tool, your team can become organized right from the start of the project, ensuring that everyone (including the client) is aware of the basic structure of the website or software. With an effective wireframe in place, you can be sure that your project flows smoothly and is on time.
Wireframes Save Time and Money
Time is money. When you find yourself losing time on a project, you’re essentially watching dollar signs fly out the window. This is perhaps one of the greatest reasons to use wireframe tools in any development project.
A wireframe creates the groundwork for further aspects of your project. The design process during wireframing focuses more on function than the aesthetics of your project; something that often needs revising and updates as the project progresses.
Wireframing ensures the architecture of your project is ironed out before you begin adding pictures and graphics. You can also involve the client in this part of the design process. In fact, it’s almost necessary to make sure your client is in some way involved in the process, to avoid surprises and troublesome changes down the line.
Save time and money by getting everyone on the same page early on in the project, and setting up a basic foundation that’s easily revised or customized to the client’s expectations.
In any design project, you’ll have elements of the design that are more important than others. Using a wireframe can help your client and your team identify these elements and focus on them.
By creating a visual hierarchy, each page will be mapped out in accordance with the importance of each element and therefore less complicated for the client and easier for the rest of the design team to synchronize.
Wireframing Helps You Design with UX In Mind
Detail is often the death of progress. As designers, we can often get caught up in the little things that make the software or website look and feel great. User experience can be forgotten or neglected, leading to usability issues later on.
By eliminating the visual aspects of the project, you’ll be able to focus attention to the backbone of the project. The structure is infinitely more important to the UX than the overall aesthetics of whatever you’re designing. An app or site that performs well is likely to be more successful than one that looks good but doesn’t deliver on performance.
Take the time to map out your project’s needs beforehand, so you can include these in your wireframe process. Just as a wireframe is a roadmap for the rest of the design, a good list and even a sketch of the basic architecture can be a basic representation of the final design.
Getting to Know Your Client Better
The client is arguably the most important element in the success of your project. Their expectations must be met, and including them in the wireframe process is a great way to get a broader scope of what they’re actually looking for in the project.
By including the client, you’re showing that you not only care about their thoughts on the project but also that you’re determined to design something that won’t need much revision. A quality project starts and ends with care and effort.
A client’s needs may change as the design progresses. It’s much easier to make changes in real time than to return to the basic structural code and attempt a revision. Keep your client involved in your wireframes, answer their questions, and don’t be afraid to ask questions of your own if you’re unsure of any expectations or requests.
Wireframing Can Generate New Ideas
When you’re mapping out the basic structure of your project, you might find that you or your team find new ideas forming. Maybe a particular element can be simplified, or a page eliminated for redundancy.
When forming new ideas, you’ll, of course, want to keep your client in the loop. Surprises aren’t generally preferable with a website or app, so make sure that any new ideas are reviewed and approved by your client.
Generating creativity within your team and encouraging new ideas is also an excellent way to keep them engaged and feeling appreciated. Even if a particular idea doesn’t apply to the project you’re currently working on, it can be stored for use on a different project in the future.
A Blueprint Is Essential to Any Design
Engineers don’t attempt to build a bridge without a design in place beforehand. Your design process should include a blueprint to ensure your UX is considered before any aesthetic design. Functionality means satisfied clients; which in turn means returning business.
Software and Web Design is a detailed oriented process, but it’s important to not get too concerned with details during the initial phase of your design. Step back and look at the overall function of the project. What are you designing? How should the pages load and flow? Are there any usability functions that have been specifically requested? Consult with your team and your client, and use a wireframe to map out all of the essential parts of your design before moving on to adding graphics and images. You’ll find that your website or app is easier to navigate and less confusing for its users.