According to Andy Rutledge, using schematic or sketchy wireframe layouts as first-step deliverables for clients is often a bad move.
His main points are that:
- A wireframe layout is inarticulate and doesn't give clients sufficient context to make informed decisions
- The dull and dubious representation of the design can erode client confidence and lead them to question the creativity of the designers
- Revisions of wireframes are likely since what seems sound and logical in a wireframe may be trite and malformed when the visual design is applied.
Andy suggest that instead of wireframes, our first deliverable should be one or more fully realized designs. Though wireframes aren't perfect, I doubt that many teams are ready to go back to that approach.
- Where Wireframes Are Concerned
- December 18, 2009
See also: Prototyping and wireframing (119)