Wireframe: the foundation of an appealing mobile app

By | December 19, 2017

 

The key to build anything attractive enough to grasp the attention at a glance is to lay the correct foundation. A wireframe serves the same purpose while a mobile application development. It serves as the skeleton of your soon to be developed app, giving out the basic structure of the design, interface, and salient features.

It is quite clear that to develop an appealing app is not a piece of cake. It requires research, hard work, various technicalities and graphics.  It begins with an idea and ends in an effective outcome. The app development process includes numerous simple and complicated steps. Every step is equally significant but creating a wireframe initially will help you to keep your entire team on the same page.

What is a wireframe?

Wireframe: the foundation of an appealing mobile app

Wireframes are the most essential designing tools required in the beginning of the app development procedure. They are not only a full layout of particular screens and features, they are also utilized as a part of app improvement process. It helps in developing a basic structure of the application before it is sent for development.

The main idea to have completely structured drawings of the app is fixated on how the screen is going to look and work. As the process of app development is extremely time and energy consuming, well developed wireframes have a major role in explaining the structural basis of the end product.

Inculcating all these flawless features, it is necessary to thoroughly know about the prominence of Wireframes in the method followed by any mobile app development company.

Wireframes define the app’s basic structure

As discussed earlier, wireframes are basically the blue prints of how an app is going to look, defining each and every screen separately. Whether it is an android or iPhone app, it needs a well-defined blue print to let the developers have a complete idea of the app. When the blue wireframe is completely comprehended the process becomes comparatively easier to execute, rather than a vague understanding that will create confusions hence the app will suffer.

Wireframes cater to the ongoing process of development.

App development is a process that has multiple stages and each stage needs to be developed to the utmost satisfaction of the client. That makes it an ongoing procedure. Here the wireframes actually prove to be a life saver as it is extremely difficult to remember each and every change and step for a developer. If the wireframes execute the idea thoroughly they will help in each and every change and step.

Additionally, Wireframes can become an ideal alternative to enable the app owner in predicting the usability and the exact idea of how applicable it is to the targeted users. It can also help is fixing the issues in the app rapidly, hence assisting the app owner to target their goal.

Wireframes help to keep everyone on the same page

Mobile app development is not an individual project and it requires team work. A whole team is involved in the development such as designers, developers, testers. Wireframes help to keep everyone in the loop. Additionally, the client involvement is also carefully monitored as the client is also aware of each and every step and their suggestions are carry forward after every stage. Whether you are developing a business app or a gaming one, a wireframe will be including all the animations, pictures etc., therefore providing a comprehensive picture also increases the navigation structure.

Cost efficiency

As the wireframes will provide the complete idea of the interface and functions of the app they help in reducing the time and money spent. The developer can have the idea of the changes and the design at an early stage so the development process could be executed accordingly. It is fairly expensive to make changes once the app is developed, so if the whole developing team and the client are on the same stance according to the wireframe that hassle and cost can be prevented.

No surprises.

The wireframe is there to show the complete picture of the app to be developed. The design, interface and features are discussed in detail and the amendments are made accordingly, so unexpected twitches and faults are avoided to quite some extent once the app is functional.

Extensive visual material

Wireframes consist of sketches and then a mockup of the app to be developed so the visual picture of the app is clear. The pictures and design blueprints allow the whole team to monitor the app development process on each and every stage.

Conclusion

Wireframe is an essential tool in the process of a mobile phone application. The developers get a clear idea of what an app is about to be and how it is going to look. The interface and the features are clearly explained in a wireframe that proves to be of great help for the designers and the developers. It keeps the whole team as well as the client on the same line and length throughout the procedure of the procedure of the app development.


Author bio

Nancy Lamas is affiliated with mobile application Development Company in California and has the privilege to work with some prestigious projects throughout US. She has also been active as a visiting faculty among many universities and has given numerous lectures on web and app development.