What is a Wireframe?

What is a Wireframe?

What is a Wireframe?

Explore the significance of wireframing in UX design and how it can improve website and app design through user testing and refinement.

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John Iseghohi

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To those reading this, let me officially welcome you to the exciting world of UX Design! and introduce you to Wireframing.

As a beginner, you may have heard the term "wireframing" thrown around but may not be quite sure what it means.


Simply put, wireframing is the process of creating a visual representation of a website or app's layout and functionality before any actual design elements are added.

Think of it like building a blueprint for a house - wireframes are the skeletal structure that outlines where each component of a website or app will go, from buttons and menus to text and images.

By creating wireframes, UX designers can test and refine the user flow and experience before spending time and resources on actual design work.

Why bother about Wireframing?

Because it helps you to communicate your ideas clearly, and ensure everyone is on the same page before starting work on the final design. It also saves time and money in the long run, avoiding costly changes later.

Think of it as a map that you can use to plan your journey from point A to point B. By starting with a wireframe; you can explore different options and find the most efficient route to your goal.

Wireframing allows designers to easily mock up ideas and test user experience strategies before committing to producing final designs. With wireframing, UX designers can determine user flows and identify potential usability issues early.

There are three types of Wireframes:

  • Low-fidelity wireframes: These are simple, black-and-white representations of a website or app's layout. They typically show only the most essential components and functionality, such as navigation menus, content blocks, and call-to-action buttons.

  • High-fidelity wireframes: These are more detailed wireframes that include additional design elements, such as colour schemes, typography, and imagery. They give a more accurate representation of the final product's appearance without actually adding any visual design.

  • Interactive wireframes: These are wireframes that include clickable elements, allowing the user to simulate actual user flow and experience. They can be especially useful for testing out complex functionality or user journeys.

Remember, wireframes are an essential part of the UX design process and can save you time and resources in the long run.

Happy wireframing!


John Iseghohi

John Iseghohi, currently leading the design for a new product initiative as a Senior UX Designer at Amazon, brings over 13 years of expertise in design, product development, and strategy. Known for his passionate approach and keen eye for detail, John consistently creates user-centered designs that deliver innovative experiences, driving both user satisfaction and business success.

Collaborating closely with some of the world's leading designers and engineers, his role at Amazon is a testament to his extensive skills. Beyond his Amazon achievements, John is a certified User Experience Specialist with AKENDI UK, a Certified Design Sprint Facilitator, and a Workshopper with AJ&Smart.

Beyond the professional sphere, John is an avid explorer, often drawing inspiration from his travels and new cultural experiences. His adventures enhance his creative process, bringing a unique perspective to his designs. John's commitment to personal growth also extends to his belief in holistic well-being and the integration of self-care, mindfulness, and activities like cycling into his daily routine.

John engages with a growing community through Twitter and on wireframes.com, sharing his insights and personal projects. His ambition? To inspire others to pursue their passions, strive for their dreams, and lead a life of purpose and fulfillment.

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