Low-Resolution vs. High-Resolution Wireframes

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Wireframing is a crucial part of the product design process, but what actually are wireframes and why are they important?

Wireframes are a layout of what interface elements will exist on different pages of the website. Wireframes are also used for navigation. They are there in order to ensure the structure of the site meets the users’ expectations. 

Wireframes save designers, developers, and business partners time and effort. Wireframes give you the idea of what the end product will be like, and gives you the opportunity to catch mistakes before they happen. Not using wireframes can add extra time and money for redesigning the project if a problem is found late in development. 

So what’s the difference between a high-resolution and a low-resolution wireframe?

Low-Resolution Wireframe 

Low-resolution wireframes include the most basic content and visuals of the website and are usually not interactive. Low-resolution wireframes help visualize and test early concepts of your project. They are often used to help map out the website’s screens and basic information. They usually serve as a checkpoint for the consumer at the beginning of the design process. Low-resolution wireframes allow users to make changes before the site goes live.

High-Resolution Wireframe 

High-resolution wireframes are more complete representations of the end product. Some high-resolution wireframes are clickable and respond to the user’s action, which mimics authentic interface interaction. High-resolution wireframes are often built in the advanced stages of the design process to communicate design decisions to the development team prior to the coding stages of the product. 

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