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Podcast: Wireframes

Tom:

Hey there. Welcome back to Lighthouse podcast. I am Tom.

Russell:

I’m Russell.

Tom:

Today, we are going to talk a little bit about Wireframes. Both how we use them now and how we see that kind of landscape changing and developing in the future. Russ, what was your first experience with working with Wireframes.

Russell:

I remember the first agency I started working with, we would still do the big reveal. You have that kick off meeting. You speak some bit about design and then the design appears. As we kind of mentioned in the previous podcast, that whole step has become a lot more detailed. There’s a lot more stages between those conversations and when you see a design happen. One of those stages became Wireframes.
My first Wireframe was just sketch on paper. In fact, it was quite sometime.

Tom:

It still is sometimes.

Russell:

Yeah, yeah, definitely sometimes when it works. I think that was definitely.. I think we probably picked up off a Boagworld podcast. These guys using, actually drawing things. See, that’s how I started using. I found them super helpful straight away. What about yourself?

Tom:

Similar stuff. We do the same kind of thing like you just, climb would say, they want something and you do a mock up and then they say they want changes and you’re like, “That took ages,” you know? Same story. You find that that’s sort of like doing the wireframe early on. In whatever way it is, just means you’re not making those changes at a time when cost to change is high. So helpful and it just means everyone can see stuff on a page really quickly. Perfect. Really good solution, right? You know, we still use them a lot in the office. We always do wireframes for anything in a project really. So in the early stage, wherever it’s like developing a product or a simple layout for a site. I know that when we’re all talking together in the office, I’m always jotting stuff down on paper and so you can [inaudible 00:02:09] time as well. That idea, the you want to get something from your head in front of people straight away so you can get feedback on it. A pencil sketch is a wireframe.

Russell:

Absolutely, yeah.

Tom:

It’s all about that really. Quick, quick ways to generate ideas and get stuff in front of whoever needs to see it. You can immediately start talking about how that needs to change or what your idea is. It’s really great. I mean, what sort of problems have you found with wireframes?