In favour of less wireframing

by Tom Kenny (@tkenny)

Sacha Grief on not wireframing:

I start straight in Photoshop. I work fairly quickly, so I know I can produce a decent first draft in a couple days.

And that first high-definition mockup will be much more useful than a black-and-white wireframe to make design decisions.

Basically, the only way to really judge a design is to use a live prototype. The further away you get from that the less accurate your insights will be.

So for me, Photoshop mockups are a nice middle-ground between accuracy and speed of execution, while wireframes aren’t that much faster to produce while being vastly less representative of the final product.

I completely agree with Sacha. A few weeks ago, we started the process of planning a iPhone app and instead of wireframing the app, I quickly mocked up a design. Immediately my ideas came to life and was much easier to demonstrate and explain to others as it was much more familiar to them than a wireframe would ever be.


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by Tom Kenny

I’m a freelance web designer and front-end developer with 9 years of experience designing for the web. Follow me on Twitter here.