Imagine building an app with just its idea in your head or a weak structural skeleton. Can you guess what the outcome would like? Scary, isn’t it – all that time, effort and money just to create a below average app with several bugs. Hence, what we need is a diagram that presents the outcome of every possible action and whether the outcome of that product will satisfy the customers and meet their goals. In short, wireframes anticipate how the buttons will function in the apps and also let the developers know the functionalities that are absolutely necessary and the ones that are too ambitious.
Wireframes serves as a common language between designers, users, stakeholders, and developers to reach a common ground and narrow down on the functionalities that are absolutely necessary and from functionalities that are too ambitious or futile to incorporate. Wireframes are fast, cheap, and perhaps most importantly, impermanent.
How to Get Started?
Wireframes are more of a messy structure of the app (without any design elements) that defines its core function. It needs to serve three purposes:
Reference Source: https://www.invisionapp.com/inside-design/how-to-wireframe/
Another important aspect while creating wireframes is ‘Research’. Your research should include:
Creating Wireframes for a Successful MVP
Wireframes don’t need to include every microscopic detail such as page variation, page action, etc. but should give a big picture of the purpose of the app. It should be able to map out the user’s journey while using the app. The design should be easy for anyone to understand, even someone without tech knowledge of what a MVP will look like and how it will function.
Wireframing the Home Page
While creating a wireframe for the home page, the client/developer should be able to identify the app’s core solution. This will help build out the supplementary features that will be needed to support the core feature and boost the efficiency of the product in while. The wireframe allows the clients to go through all the possible actions that can be incorporated – a wireframe is nothing but a rough draft that is ready to be improved.
For example, if clients were to envision a food delivery app, its homepage would need to display a uniform set of features that will allow the user to browse through the food menu and choose food items. After instituting a homepage that shows different dishes, the clients would then be allowed to experiment with niche app features that can distinguish their product from the rest of the competitors – for instance, a feature that would allow the user to customize the food items or create food packages or opt for a monthly meal plan.
Example of a Successful Wireframe - Tinder
Now, let’s take a look at an example of a successful wireframe such as Tinder. How did this app make ripples in the app market? How was it different from any other matchmaking app? The striking feature that led to the app’s success was a simple fun play of swiping instead of a regular scroll button. In a scenario where we’re building sample content for any type of app, we rely on the user’s experience as a top priority that will determine which pages will hold certain features.
When Tinder’s co-founders Sean Rad and Justin Mateen brainstormed the wildly popular Tinder app, their most successful approach was implementing the swiping mechanism into the dating experience. Unlike the traditional method of manually clicking and scrolling through match profiles, Tinder offered its users a quicker, more convenient swiping option that allowed them to have a more playful and light-hearted interaction.”
Reference Source: https://growthhackers.com/growth-studies/what-ignited-tinders-explosive-growth
Imagine Tinder without its swipe mechanism mentioned in its wireframe. It would just be a regular matchmaking app. All credit due to the co-founders, to keep in mind the core map of the app – swipe right and swipe left – during the MVP process, did it lead the app to be one of the top grossing apps in the Apple Store and Play Store. If this wasn’t mentioned in the wireframe, who knows if Tinder would have even survived its first year.
Tools That Can Be Used to Create a Wireframe
In order to make a wireframe, there are some tools that can be used. Let’s take a look.
It is designed to help you create you wireframes quickly. You just need to add the basic elements and then resize, position, and customise as needed. A simple version control will help you keep track of your progress.
It is a web based app, with a drag and drop interface to effortlessly create a wireframe. It comes with all the standard UI elements, along with a multitude of other components. The app also gives you access to the Mock Store, which offers a large selection of 3rd-party templates that you can either use for inspiration, or as a quick starting point for your own wireframe.
It supports Sketch source files and Photoshop files. It also has a built in editor that supports CSS code snippets, allowing you to customise any element used in your wireframe. This gives a better understanding of the wireframe to the client.
It makes transporting the wireframe from the paper to the screen easy. You can photograph your sketches and import them directly into the app. These sketches can then be animated, or used as the foundation for your wireframe. Drag and drop pre-set shapes and UI elements directly onto your sketch to instantly go from shaky lines, to professional lo-fi wireframe.
Reference Source: https://www.infoworld.com/article/3199370/the-7-best-wireframing-and-prototyping-tools-for-app-makers.html
The Next Step Forward…
Once the wireframe is made for a product to understand the layout and construction, the next step is a high fidelity mock-up. This should give the clients and the developers an understanding of the visual representation of the product. The mock-up stage is where you can test variations and give the app some character. Post this step, the next thing is to create a prototype of the app that can be tested with users and get feedback.
A successful app deserves its own unique feature by following the competing app’s uniform structure. While designing the app, remember that patterns cannot be disrupted, a user’s muscle memory should be taken into consideration during the wireframing process. If you want any assistance to create your app’s wireframe, please feel free to contact the App Scoop mobile app development team: https://www.app-scoop.com/contact-us.html.