Wireframing & Prototyping: Essential Skills for Interactive Design

The recent popularity of responsive web design has made wireframing and prototyping essential skills for interactive and UX design.

In the interactive design process, wireframing enables you to create the information hierarchy of your web design. It makes it easier to plan the layout so that your website is user-friendly and cohesive. It’s particularly helpful for responsive web design because allows you to create a website featuring that will appear in a logical, usable order on any device.

From there, interactive prototyping enables you to test the functionality of your website on different devices and make your responsive designs as sleek and user-friendly as possible.

500x500_WireframePrototypeIf you want to learn about wireframing and prototypes, your best option is to take Patrick McNeil’s HOW U course, Wireframing and Prototyping for Interactive Design. In this course, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the wireframing and prototyping processes. You’ll take an in-depth look at the use of wireframes and prototypes in the UX designer’s workflow.

Discover how wireframes and prototypes can greatly enhance your productivity and streamline budgets with this course.

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What Wireframing and Prototyping Can Do for You

Focus on user experience.

By creating a two-dimensional, grayscale wireframe, you’ll be able to focus on the usability and information hierarchy of your design without being distracted by typefaces, colors and copywriting choices. Variations in those elements will not matter if a user can’t navigate the page in its simplest form.

Clearly define your purpose.

The deluge of ideas and concepts that precede the web design process can be overwhelming and chaotic. Wireframing takes you back to the bare bones, focusing these ideas into the pure, streamlined essentials of the website and ensuring that the project’s purpose remains in focus.

Bring your content and structure to life.

Once you’ve laid out the bones of your web design, the prototyping process helps you bring your wireframe to life, fleshing out the ideas and structures you’ve built in your wireframe. Your content is the meat of your web design, so it’s essential that it complements your website’s structure and purpose. Prototyping provides a complete, holistic view of the work you’ve done and helps you define what works and what doesn’t—and what you need to do next. In the prototyping stage, unity is key.

Help clients understand interactive web design.

This may sound obvious, but a prototype shows your design as it’s intended. This helps clients understand how aspects of your design work and whether they serve their purpose. With the help of a prototype, your clients will be able to fully grasp the nature of the web design and identify what more needs to be done. It also shows more clearly how users should interact with the content, and how well they are able to do so.

Ready to jump in? Learn all the essential skills in Patrick McNeil’s course, Wireframing & Prototyping for Interactive Design.

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