Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The Pros and Cons of using Wireframes

Pros:
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- demonstrates a site concept quickly, allowing clients to react to content placement and rendering.
- can provide guidance to visual designers with respect to information priorities.
- allows for usability testing early in the project lifecyclecan elaborate on a singular vision for the site.
- can facilitate collaboration between design team and information architects.
- is easy for clients to understand.

Cons:
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- hinders creativity and innovation by imposing (real or imagined) limits on design team.
- is not necessarily HTML-ready if not developed to scale.
- does not provide accurate usability testing results.
- relies on other documentation to provide a complete picturedoes not consider color, typography, and other brand identity elements.
- requires time to wrestle with layout details, which might change in final design anyway.

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Feel free to add in your thoughts about how to improve the UX Life cycle using Wireframes!

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