We know that many approaches help us create products for people. Whether you’re working on a university-wide site redesign or improving a departmental intranet, identifying purpose, effort, & consistency require clear communication.

Wireframing has held sway over UXers for the past 20 years. From its metaphoric origins in filmmaking to its pinnacle in countless UX books, wireframing stood as a key approach in defining both structure & interaction. In recent years, however, wireframing has come under attack. UX thinkers propose replacing wireframes with sketches and prototypes; yet we need to understand that bridge between idea and specification.

Within this session, we’ll look at where wireframes originated, how we can use sketching to understand direction, and where prototyping helps communicate structure, purpose, and approach more effectively. Through a case study, we will walk through process and result. Ultimately, artifacts succeed only when they communicate effectively.

What You'll Learn:

  • A brief history of wireframing
  • The good, bad, and ugly of static wireframing
  • The benefits of prototyping, whether coded by hand or aided by a tool
  • A case study showing a redesign process as an archetypal and practical approach

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Presented By

Joe Sokohl