Wireframing Tools for Designers

A wireframe is a layout of a web page that demonstrates what interface elements will exist on key pages. It is a critical part of the interaction design process.

The aim of a wireframe is to provide a visual understanding of a page early in a project to get stakeholder and project team approval before the creative phase gets under way. Wireframes can also be used to create the global and secondary navigation to ensure the terminology and structure used for the site meets user expectations.

A wireframe is much easier to adapt than a concept design

It is quicker and cheaper to review and amend the structure of the key pages in a wireframe format. Iterating the development of the wireframes to a final version will provide the client and the design team confidence that the page is catering to user needs whilst fulfilling the key business and project objectives.

1. Mockplus

Mockplus has become a favorite among designers because of its code-free system. Everyone knows that if there’s one thing that designers hate, it’s coding. And that’s one thing that Mockplus eliminates with its drag and drop system.

The system also allows a lot of flexibility for designers who still rely on the power of their hands to design anything. It allows hand-drawn components to be included into your foundation, and also has markup components, over 600 icons, and around 300 pre-made components

2 UXPin

Yet another great pick in the wireframe market, UXPin has also become a go-to tool for those hoping to create effective wireframes the most efficient way possible. What stands out about UXPin is its ease of use. The interface is so easy to interact with, and documents and images you’ll be using can be easily incorporated into the design you’re creating.

The preview mode is also seamless, allowing you to see not just how your mockup looks like to an outsider, but also how each page will work as they click or hover on different parts. People collaborating on the project will also be able to add their comments instantly, making it easier for people to work together on a single project.

3. Proto.io

Unlike a lot of other prototyping tools, proto.io is actually web-based, so you would need to be connected in case you want to use the system. If you’re always online however, then it wouldn’t be a problem at all and you can fully enjoy the great features that proto.io has.

The built-in widget libraries could be one of the most important features that proto.io has, as everyone knows what a hassle it could sometimes be to have to hunt for what you need through third-party libraries. Of course, in the event that they do not have what you’re looking for, then it’s also easy enough to integrate other sources. It also allows you to work on unique screen sizes should you find yourself working on wearables and other similar tech.

3.MockFlow

MockFlow makes it easier to create wireframes because of its clean and simple interface. It gets rid of all the clutter – all you have left is a clean space to work with, with a standard menu on top and a toolbar that you can hide in case you need more space. You have every possible pre-designed component you might need as you work as well.

MockFlow also allows you to make your first mockup for free, which gives you the chance to get a feel of how the entire thing works before taking the actual plunge. As for the workflow and functionality, this is hands down impressive. The drag-and-drop and double-click interface makes it easier to add components without having to code, and each component can also be adjusted from there. The export process is also a breeze, in case there are pages that yu would have to export from somewhere else.

4.InVision

If there’s one thing that makes InVision stand out from all the rest, it’s the fact that InVision offers a free-for-life plan that allows you to do one project. This is perfect for students and beginners who just want to try their hand on the system and see what they can actually do with it without having to worry about their budget (which beginners usually do not have). As for the paid plans, InVision has proven to be one of the cheapest in the market, with low monthly subscriptions for the different packages they offer.

Sharing and collaboration is also easy with InVision. You can have team members and clients adding comments directly to your designs, and you can easily keep track of different conversations as they are organized by thread.

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