Wireframing: the essential guide
If you’re not going to use a pre-designed template for your website, then wireframing is one of the most important stages in the design process. It’s a way of ensuring that the layouts of all your web pages conform to the same blueprint so your whole site looks like a coherent whole.
Why should I wireframe?
When you’ve designed the wireframe for your site, you’ll be able to see how every page will look in the form of a simple diagram, showing where the header will sit, the body of the content and the footer at the bottom. It will also help you to determine how your visitors will use your site, find information and navigate from one page to the next.
Once it’s done, you can then add fonts, backgrounds, content, images and colours to the pages to create your own unique vision.
Designing the wireframe
The first step is to sketch out how you want your wireframe to look and then to create the code for it using a wireframe tool. These are programs or apps that will help you to visualise your wireframe and enable you to include reusable components, which you’ll be able to drag and drop into your design.
Popular wireframe tools
- Adobe XD – everything you need to design and prototype websites, mobile apps, touch screens and more.
- Sketch – powerful features, an intuitive interface and an expansive plugin ecosystem lets you transform your initial ideas into final designs.
- Figma – the first interface design tool based in the browser, making it the ideal program for teamwork and sharing.
- Photoshop – with a reputation as one of the best wireframe tools, Photoshop is favoured by experienced design professionals
- Balsamiq – unleash your creativity with this fast, fun wireframing tool.
- OmniGraffle – diagramming in OmniGraffle is made extremely easy with powerful tools—automatic, robust and ready for styling.
Your wireframe – step by step
- Design your grid system using a template that will allow you to scale between desktop and mobile versions of your site.
- Formulate your page layout using boxes to place different areas of information on the page.
- Set out your information hierarchy by allocating typography styles – use different font sizes to differentiate between different levels of information.
- Visualise your page design by introducing grayscale to the wireframe.
- Translate your wireframe into a visual.
If you like the idea of designing a wireframe but need professional input, Inside Creative can work with you to create the ideal wireframe for your website and help you to get your site up and running. Talk to us on or drop us a line via the contact form on the website.