Wire-framing has long been a part of the technical product workflow, aging back to the late 90’s when early websites and web apps were started in raw pencil and paper.
Those days are over… for smart UX folks at least. In other words, if you’re still wire-framing by hand or by tool, you’re doing it wrong.
That’s a bold statement – I know. But hear me out.
Wire-framing takes time. Even if you use modern and progressive tools like invision or UXPin, you’re still incurring time spent in those tools before you actually start building your experience (in web or native fashion). Time to design, time to manage, time to export, etc. To be competitive in today’s tech pace, especially start-up pace, you simple don’t have that time. Period.
2. The Role of UX Engineers
3. Media Landscape
So… It’s Time to Switch
Now I know what you’re thinking… “Our organization is too BIG to embrace this shift… we have 30 UX designers!” If that’s the case, teach them how to code front-end. Empower them to be modern designers who can replicate their vision in the proper medium. If they’re not interested in learning, find someone who is. Traditional UX designers will only slow you down. It’s a harsh statement – but it’s true.
Get rid of wire-framing to embrace faster, more efficient product development. You won’t regret it.
Ali is a father, husband and serial entrepreneur with a deep drive to create. He writes, records, codes and builds things to inspire the artist in all of us.