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What Is The Difference Between Low-Fidelity and High-Fidelity Wireframes?

In this article we shall be delving deep onto some features of wireframes and set some of your doubts straight, but before we proceed, let us get back to the basics and shed some light on the very meaning of wireframing for the readers who are still new to the dynamic world of user interface and user experience. Okay, what is ‘wireframe’? Wireframing is a very crucial stage in the for screen design process.

Understood As The Design Blueprint

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It can be understood as the design blueprint for any interface, be it an app or a website. Now, if I ask you to get on with brick and mortar to build a house sans any plan, you will be left in bewilderment. How is it even possible? Similarly, you can’t maneuver with pixels or build the blocks of code, if there isn’t a method to light up the fire of creativity. The prime purpose of a wireframe is to give out a structure of design so as to carve a layout that best gives the direction to the user with the help of information which provides a thorough understanding and proper navigation of an interface. The wireframing stage is indispensable as it gives the designer an idea about the layout and user interactions without being overwhelmed with all the colors, visuals and above all, ‘design’.

A low-fidelity wireframe won’t detail on typeface choices or copy. But more on that later. For now, just remember that wireframe is a black and white blueprint that elaborates on functionality, enabling the designer to go ahead with the paint. Wireframing, truly, chalks out new ideas, pinpoints potential areas and conveys thoughts and solutions to clients and teammates. Below are some points that describe the importance of wireframing in our designs:-

The Right Start

Moving on, as we know a wireframe is a blueprint, let us now unveil its importance:-

  • The blueprint is a good source to reveal an interface’s information display. It reflects a link between pages, screens and shows the related paths a user will need to navigate the interface.
  • Next, a wireframe is undoubtedly a systematic presentation of the information. You will see that all the content is given either in the form of a table, or bulleted list. Pictures are presented as squares or all user profile images are shown in a circle. These constant depictions actually become a visual language that a user subconsciously becomes comfortable with and even gets at ease in digesting such information.
  • The best and the most significant aspect of the wireframe is that it is helpful in prioritizing the content. It is the wireframing step in which the designer decides how much space is to be given to each item and what is the place that is best suitable as per the visual hierarchy.

Now, as we are done with the fundamentals, let us shoot the main subject, that is, low and high- fidelity wireframes. At the time of making wireframes, you have various options such as using low-fidelity designs which are just scribbling on paper, drawing on a whiteboard, or even employing software to craft simple diagrams.

There is another option too; use high-fidelity mockups that are more refined and generally consist of quite a number of elements example, a logo, color scheme, images and other required graphics. As a game player in design, you ought to know about all the parameters of high fidelity and low fidelity wireframes, so here is something to fill in your design knowledge:-

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This article and image was adapted from think360studio.com

By Prince Pal

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