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App & Website Wireframes

Wireframes help align stakeholders, clarify requirements, and drive product success

The Blueprint of Your Application, Website, or Platform

Wireframes, the bridge between research, experience, design, and information architecture

wireframes is a crucial part of Asymm design process

Start with structure

Focus on planning architecture and functionality

At Asymm, wireframing is a crucial part of our software product design and development process as it lets establish the flow and the structure of our design solutions. App & website wireframes help to ideate focused products that reflect user and business needs. Here we explain the differences between the types of wireframes and their respective purpose and function.

What are Wireframes?

Wireframes are the first step in our product design workflow

Ideas that develop

Transforming a concept into a tangible product

A wireframe is a simple representation and the initial concept of a product that provides a blueprint of the page structure, functionality, information architecture and layout. Since wireframes are focused on the structure rather than the visualization of details, designers try to keep the graphics and styling simple, where the page elements are restrained to only boxes and lines that are a representation of the page’s elements and functionality. Depending on the detail that is required wireframes can be drawn by hand or digitally.

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Wireframes in the UX Process

Fundamental in the UX Design process

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A necessary step to create an outstanding product

Both low fidelity and high fidelity wireframes are meaningful and fundamental phases of the design process. App & website wireframes are a way for product managers, product stakeholders, designers, and developers to agree on the general user experience of an application or software product. Wireframes help outline functionality and can be used as a tool to define UI design flows, logical processes, and other key drivers of a successful software product. App & website wireframes serve as a self-documenting tool for a blueprint of an application, and aid in the formation of a product roadmap for both developers and project managers.

Wireframes, the Skeleton of Thoughtful Design

Powerful tools that drive understanding about content, information architecture and interaction

Start from scratch

A streamlined workflow

Every design team has its own preferred workflow and version of the design process. At Asymm we use both low fidelity and high fidelity wireframes in design production for our projects and clients. While they each have their advantage and their specific function, they are best used in tandem for a complete design process of a project.

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Low Fidelity Wireframes

The initial visual representation of application design

digital low fidelity wireframes

The design’s starting point

Low fidelity wireframes

Low fidelity wireframes are the most basic version of a wireframe. They tend to be static and include the basic content and visual elements of a product. Low fidelity wireframes serve as a guide at the beginning of the design process between the stakeholders and the product team to help communicate and refine early concepts of functionality to get a clear understanding of the product’s features.

Efficient wireframing tools

How low fidelity wireframes are created?

Low fidelity wireframes can be developed by hand or with digital tools like Figma or Sketch, depending on the details needed by the client and the level of description that is required to effectively communicate the core competencies of a software application.

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The value of wireframes

Why We Create Low Fidelity Wireframes?

At Asymm we create low fidelity wireframes to explore concepts and receive feedback from stakeholders and developers before creating more detailed designs. Here are the main reasons we create low fidelity wireframes for projects:

low fidelity wireframes on paper

Clarify features and functionality

At the beginning of the design process, low-fidelity wireframes are considered as drafts. They are a great tool to start achieving solutions quickly and outline to all stakeholders involved what the end product’s functionality and features will contain.

low fidelity wireframes are a tool that helps start creating solutions

Efficient user and process mapping

Low-fidelity wireframes are highly effective when there are a lot of screens, features, and other elements that need to be laid out. Low fidelity wireframes are a tool that helps start creating most pages, then more detail can be added to the wireframes on pages that need more clarity.

Beautiful and detailed

High Fidelity Wireframes

Capture requirements in a fast, clear, and simple way

high fidelity wireframes on computer screen

Demonstrate the look and feel of a finished product

High fidelity wireframes look a lot like the final design of a project, they take longer to create than low fidelity wireframes due to the level of detail and creativity required for their completion. High fidelity wireframes can include calls to action buttons (CTA’s), icons, colors, images, typography, and other creative design elements to enrich the user experience.

Finishing details

The evolution of high fidelity wireframes

Usually high fidelity wireframes are created once low fidelity wireframes have been approved by all stakeholders. High fidelity wireframes are created with digital tools to achieve the level of detail required.

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Benefits of High Fidelity Wireframes

Unlike low fidelity wireframes, high fidelity wireframes are primarily used to achieve finalized design objectives in the later stages of the design process for a software product.

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Brilliant products start here

At the end of the design process, high fidelity wireframes should be created to detail out exactly what the product will look like in a production environment. High fidelity wireframes are based on low fidelity wireframes and are created as assets for developers to closely follow, they typically include colors, images, branding elements, iconography, and follow a general branding and aesthetic guide.

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Bring designs to life

High fidelity wireframes are created to show a realistic experience to stakeholders involved including test and beta users. High fidelity wireframes allow users to interact with a product that is very realistic compared to what a product will look and behave like in a production environment.

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Test and validate your product

When user interactions need to be tested, high fidelity wireframes help to test specific UI components and interactions within a screen or multiple screens. During usability tests, high fidelity wireframes are used to accurately test and assess the reaction of users. High fidelity wireframes are often converted into usable prototypes that reflect the real product.


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Going from Low Fidelity to High Fidelity

Between high fidelity wireframes and low fidelity wireframes, there are several key differences that distinguish when and how they should be used

Differences between low and high fidelity wireframes

Low fidelity wireframes outline the bones of a page or screen and do not contain a high level of detail and are usually made up of simple boxes and outlines to demonstrate pure functionality. On the other hand, high fidelity wireframes are detailed and show colors, graphics, fonts, CTA, layouts, etc. They are only created on digital tools unlike low fidelity wireframes that can also be created manually. Here’s a brief table outlining the differences between low fidelity and high fidelity wireframes:

high fidelity wireframes on computer screen
  Focuses on functionality, not aesthetics   Best fit for user testing
  Captures initial product and design ideas   Are clickable and interactive
  Easy to iterate   Offers the look and feel of the final product
  Inadequate for unmoderated testing   Requires content and graphic elements
  Lacks interactivity   Long creation and iteration time
  Low visual impact   Design preferences create subjectivity

Takeaways Evaluating the Differences Between Low Fidelity vs High Fidelity Wireframes

Enhance the user experience

Both low fidelity and high fidelity wireframes contribute to creating the user experience. Low fidelity wireframes are great for starting a project, and aligning stakeholders on functionality. They help visualize requirements and get everyone on the same page. The main disadvantage of low fidelity wireframes is that it may be a challenge to communicate an idea with such little detail and no beauty factor. To make a product stakeholder excited about a project, high fidelity wireframes are usually needed.

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Asymm team spends time designing during the app & website development process

Confidence in moving forward

High fidelity wireframes are more suitable to convey more information and detail as they allow stakeholders to see what the product will look like. Unfortunately, their main disadvantage is that they take more time to create than low fidelity wireframes, and are hard to iterate. However, revisions are a part of high fidelity wireframes, and here at Asymm we spend considerable amounts of time during the design process refining our high fidelity wireframes to please all stakeholders. High fidelity wireframes ensure that design decisions, made with target users in mind, are communicated to the development team.