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A Practical Look At Using Wireframes

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Who uses wireframes, what’s their purpose & how do they work together

Wireframing is an important tool for product design and development.

Whether you’re building the next hot startup or a solid website or mobile application, wireframes are invaluable in keeping everyone on the same page – not just product managers, designers, and engineers. And they can be changed really quickly to accommodate the collaborative and iterative nature of product design and development, especially in agile startups and enterprises.

For this reason, wireframes are typically created in the product design and development process in one way or another, even if it’s a quick sketch on scratch paper or a grid notepad.

So Who Uses Wireframes?

In short, anyone involved in the product – in any capacity.

Although designers, developers, and product managers typically create and use wireframes the most in their daily work, many people benefit from wireframes. These may include business analysts, information architects, interaction designers, user experience designers, graphic designers, programmers, and product managers.

In a later series, I’ll talk more about how these team members should think about working together, including their use of wireframes and other design tools.

And Why Should Anyone Use Wireframes?

Wireframes are the “blueprint for design.”

They’re supposed to connect the underlying conceptual structure (or information architecture) to the surface (or visual design) of a website or mobile app. More specifically, they’re visual representations of an interface, used to communicate the following details to get everyone on the same page:

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