Why a wireframe should be a wireframe – Reaction to Adobe Catalyst
There is quite a bunch of software on the market to create realistic prototypes, wireframes using the designs made in Photoshop, Illustrator etc.
It looks great but it partly misses the point in my opinion.
The whole joy of a wireframe is that it is fast, that you can check it fast and that it doesn’t look realistic.
Why realistic is no good
Imagine yourself in a meeting with developers, management, marketing and sales. You show a realistic prototype using the final design. What will be the reaction? “Great, so it is finished?” Well, it isn’t, that’s why it is a prototype.
Show a wireframe and they will start discussing what is good and what they don’t get. Or in other words, no distraction of the core purpose.
Why paper and pen is faster
Even for normal wireframes there is a lot of software on the market like Axure that is great in creating a prototype even for simple wireframes and they offer you the possibility to build towards a realistic prototype that serves for showing customers, usability testing and internal communication.
It does the job great but it takes more time than drawing and is no as flexible. So why bother?
As I am not working as a UX consultant and don’t have to present to my client a great looking prototype to defend my fee, I can save costs. I can imagine that for consultancy there is no way around it.
But even within a company a wireframe not done on paper can have its benefits. For example for internal communication between designers and developers.
How long does it take you to draw a wireframe? 3 minutes?
How long does it take to create an Axure wireframe? 15 minutes? You count.
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