15 responses

  1. Rob
    November 7, 2008

    I used to develop my wireframes in photoshop. Allegedly it is a lot easier. But this article really opened my eyes http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/prototyping-with

  2. dan
    November 7, 2008

    I think it really depends on the scope of the project and how many people are involved. If its just me doing the coding I’ll usually just sketch out a quick outline of how I want it to function and the type of functions I’ll need to write.

    That gives me a quick guide on where I am going.

    If you’re working with other developers and graphic designers then you’re best off writing some use cases with detailed product requirements. I will use photoshop and omnigraffle quite often to make both of those things.

  3. Olli
    December 8, 2008

    Hi! For big projects I prefer Axure. It´s professional!
    http://www.axure.com

  4. Marble Host
    December 12, 2008

    Hi

    Wire frame really provides the skeleton of the project.With the help of them we can increase the accuracy of the project. So it’s a tool which most recently should be used by designers and programmers.

    http://www.marblehost.com

  5. Joel Laumans
    December 13, 2008

    Nowadays I am using InDesign a lot – because I am using Adobe products on a daily basis and makes my workflow a lot smoother. Otherwise I would use OmniGraffle which is also a great program.

    Other reasons InDesign is great:
    -because you can work with pages & masters
    -because it is also great with text, when handing off wireframes to designers or developers you might need to add quite a lot of text sometimes.

  6. bibo
    December 22, 2008

    omnigraffle rules.

  7. André Rocha
    December 23, 2008

    I prefer Axure too, its very simple to use!
    ;-)

  8. Alex
    January 19, 2009

    Axure is very easy to use.

  9. Andy Polaine
    February 1, 2009

    It always starts with pen and paper to rough out the quick ideas. It’s so much quicker to change stuff at this stage. Then I use OmniGraffle, which I still find to be one of the most well-design applications I have come across.

    In the past have also used pretty much everything – Illustration (annoying), InDesign (pretty good), Photoshop (too laborious mostly) and, shock horror, even Word once when I had no other option. The Word case was, naturally, a teeth-pulling exercise.

    You can set up Masters and templates in OmniGraffle too and there are some excellent stencils out there for various GUI elements.

  10. Jerry
    February 2, 2009

    Thank you everyone for your comments, these are very good suggestions. Keep ’em coming!

  11. Profit Explorers
    February 15, 2009

    My wife does everything in pencil and paper first then when she likes what she has she jumps onto photoshop to work out all the details.

  12. Graphic Design Conferences
    February 23, 2009

    Axure is the best way to go about it in my opinion.

  13. Andrea
    June 24, 2009

    A lot of our customers start some ideas down on pen and paper first, but then create their wireframes within ProtoShare. The beauty about this is that they can keep the wireframes to simple gray boxes or get more elaborate and create a full-on prototype. Whenever you are ready to share the the wireframe or prototype with team members or clients, just invite them into your project and they can click through and leave comments as they go.

    If collaborative prototyping might be a good fit for your work, we offer a free 30-day trial. Feel free to contact me with questions.

    Andrea

  14. Tim
    July 2, 2009

    Andy has the right idea. For most projects: notecards, sketch, then detailed wireframe/spec. I have been a past proponent of InDesign. However, the fact that InDesign has no unit of pixel measurement can be very frustrating when trying to communicate pixel dimensions in layouts. I find Omnigraffle to be much faster and more accurate, especially when accompanied by one or two “high fidelity” Photoshop mocks. InDesign is a print tool, Omnigraffle was designed to diagram.

  15. Susan
    October 15, 2009

    I ♥ HotGloo for wireframing

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