When it comes to web design, wireframes are an essential building block of a quality end product. Why? Because they are how designers begin to map out how your site will look – its layout and navigation, content areas and menus.
Think of the wireframe like your site’s skeleton – the bones over which the skin of images and colours, typefaces and animations, will be stretched. Producing a solid structure at the wireframe stage will ensure that everything else flows as it should – making your project more streamlined and efficient.
A wireframe is pretty basic at first. It will use simple shapes to “block out” various elements of your site’s pages, making clear locations, orientations and dimensions of each aspect. You and your designer will be able to agree on this layout before all the really important work of fleshing it out.
In other words, wireframing is an essential part of any design process – not a nice-to-have bonus. That means that every designer need tools at their fingertips that make the most of wireframing – software that enables a really robust laying-out of a site at this critical formative stage.
Good news: we have a shortlist of the four best.
Don’t neglect wireframes – they are too important to skip. And these are the top four wireframe tools that designers should be using.
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