Product 101: Wireframing

If you are in product, a lot of your time is going to be spent wireframing and working with devs and designers to turn the vision into reality. There are a ton of great wireframing tools out there (Balsamiq), many of which I have used but I often find them to be distracting and take away of the true essence that should be part of the process.

I think the best method in terms of productivity and wireframing is to use the following workflow:

  1. Pencil and paper: There is something about sketching out your product ideas first that you dont get with a mouse and screen. It is more tactile and real. You get to think and design with your senses.
  2. Powerpoint/Keynote: Both these tools are almost always overlooked. I find it much easier and faster to use them to quickly put together a wireframe after I have sketched it out. While other tools like Balsamiq are great, you spend more time playing around with the pre-designed widgets they provide than you do actually thinking about every facet of your product.

What are some other tips you find helpful for wireframing and design?


One thought on “Product 101: Wireframing

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s