Wireframes are not for everyone. I understand there might not be time to create wireframes. Some people don’t see the value of this middle step. “Just sketch out some ideas. Once you like something just code it up.” Others may not have it in the budget to create some deliverables.
I have to admit, I am guilty of not always creating wireframes. To me, they can be a luxury. There are times I don’t really have the time or the patience to go beyond sketches (if I have even created those) to going to the middle step of creating wireframes.
I strongly suggest that if you do have the time, and the budget, that you should make the effort to create some static wireframes. Here are a few advantages of creating wireframes:
- Get the concepts out of your head and on to a page/layout
- Visualize how your designs might work
- Get early feedback on your designs before it goes in to code
- Allow for quick changes before too committed to design
- Facilitate discussion across the team and with stakeholders
- Provides clarity for communication
- For developers to understand the functionality of the site
- To show the information architecture and navigation structure of websites
- Cost-effective level of fidelity for quick changes