Let Wireframes be the part of your Website Design Process

Web designing has always been confusing for the programmers and developers because the tools for creating the layouts and graphics keeps on changing frequently. Another concept that has been gaining priority recently in the design process is creating of visual screen layouts or skeletal frameworks for the website. It is the activity that should be implemented before the phase of creative designing and after the site architecture has been finalized by the technical teams. Many overlook this step thinking it as an unnecessary process and jump directly to the designing part. However, what they don’t realize is deciding on the layouts of functional elements and site structure is far more important than working on aesthetics like adding color, graphics, style and other things.

How a wireframe should look?

Creating wireframes is complex than you have realized because it requires more analytical skills to work on the structural frameworks which sometimes may include sketches of screen designs, functional blocks or flow charts. In general, people have many options when creating wireframes – it can be simple man made layouts or by using software to display them in a more creative manner. Irrespective of the procedure used to create them, broadly wireframes are simple black and white pencil sketches without any real colors or graphic designs included in them. They are more like blue prints incorporating detailed skeletal frameworks of different elements of the navigation process and design interface. No logos or any real design elements are included except the structural boundaries of various page elements and real content that has been written to include in the pages.

Creating wireframes framework

  • Optimize the layouts
    We all know that, there are very few websites with single page structures. Websites typically consist of a single homepage and multiple inner pages. Some of the inner pages may carry the same standard formats whereas the homepage generally contains more graphics and navigational menus. When making wireframes, there is no need to create layouts for each structure instead it can be optimized in the form of reusable blocks. For instance if there is a standard header for all pages at the top, then you can add the same block at the top of your wireframe design, instead of redoing it every time.
  • Use the real content
    A well structured wireframe is always created using the real content in order to avoid the confusion in making the design decisions that will affect the presentation of the page. Content that is written well and displayed in a structural manner, will give professional look to the website yielding in better design and good user experience. Hence, it is not a good idea to be negligent on the content as it is the main element that helps in interacting with the users.
  • Consider flow and navigation
    Creating a design without proper page flow and navigation elements to other pages makes no sense to the users who are coming to the website with certain expectations. So when creating layouts for wireframes, make sure the content and page elements are arranged correctly so that user follows it easily without any confusion. Make the page flow smooth by following the standard format – moving from the top with logo & header, then to the top menu bar that helps in navigating to other pages, down comes the main header with content, and then moves gradually over to the sidebars and so on.

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