When we at evolve meet with clients to discuss and brainstorm in the creation of a website, we begin by creating a simple wireframe, such as a sketch on piece of paper and begin the lengthy journey of production from there.
At this early stage, it is imperative to us and our clients that we can agree, in simple terms, about the structural layout of the website and creating a wireframe is perfect for this need. Saving both time and money.
A wireframe is simple to create and it is important because it helps designers to work with clients who may not understand the complexities of later design layout and allows you to rework and make changes as clients and designers minds will predictably change.
The simple layout of the design using grey boxes instead of images or graphics, will also help keep both the designer and client focused on how the website will manage and look, rather than being distracted with colour or imagery.
Designing a website
A paper wireframe is the first step in designing a website. Imagine it as an early blueprint. A visual tool that helps you organise the site’s architecture. However once this has been agreed, you can now use the many available wireframe tools to begin creating a digital version.
Most wireframes have certain similarities, so sometimes a template can be used in these situations. If each of your pages will look similar, with similar layout etc. Depending on what your content is, and how your user will interact with your site, a wireframe can help you discover what to have on each page, and what structure your website will be in.
Designers will use wireframes to show the visual hierarchy of the web page and how the user will navigate through the pages. After a designer has created a wireframe they or the developer can begin to build the site through these structural plans.