A Free Wireframing Book and 5 Great Wireframing Tutorials
We do our best to keep an eye out for new material for our community. One of the areas of significant interest to that community is wireframing. The ability to test product iterations cheaply and on the fly is a central part of quality UX design processes. So this week we thought we’d take a walk through some of the best wireframing resources out there:
UX Pin’s Free Guide to Wireframing
We’re not given to advertising products directly but as there are no strings attached to UX Pin’s very generous free Guide to Wireframing we thought we’d take a look inside and we are glad that we did. It takes a good long look at the history of wireframing and how to build effective wireframes for your product. Most importantly; it teaches you how to develop great wireframes with the kind of software you already have installed on your PC. Of course, there’s a plug for UX Pin’s very usable wireframing software but there’s no obligation to such much as try it when you download the book.
Sitepoint’s Quick Guide to Wireframing Your Website
If you can’t be bothered to read a whole book on wireframing then you might be better served with Matt Beach’s classic article on how to wireframe your site. It’s quick, it’s dirty and it definitely gets the job done.
If you really want to get lost in the possibilities that wireframing can offer you then you might just want to head over to Wireframes magazine where there’s a particular focus on IA use of wireframes (though there’s plenty for everyone else too). Updates are a little bit sporadic (we guess that’s because most of what needed saying has been said) but the content’s evergreen so that shouldn’t matter too much.
This is a great article that reinforces the need for wireframes in web design projects. It also points you in the direction of a number of tools that you might want to use to develop those wireframes in too.
Not everything has to be high-tech when it comes to user research and UX design and this article is the perfect foil to the instant rush to the computer mode that comes on most of us at some time or another. You can build wireframes cheaply and easily on paper and this article shows you exactly how to do just that.