Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
In this chapter you will learn how to
n Think about wireframes
n Create a task flow or site map wireframe
n Link site map pages to other pages
n Create skeletal and detailed wireframes
n Apply the Excel prototyping methodology to wireframes
Introduction to Wireframes
Wireframes derive their name from the frameworks that sculptors and modelers use
to provide the starting shape of three-dimensional work; the artist then
fleshes
out
your design
with higher-fidelity content as you progress through the iterative prototyping
process. Excel provides the framework for building and refining your wireframes.
the design with clay or other material, just as you will
flesh out
You produce wireframes to help explore interactions and flows and to try out different
locations for interface elements without spending time and effort on high-fidelity
graphics. Your first wireframe might be sketched on a piece of paper or a whiteboard
and then further developed in Excel. You can include some simple shading or a few
standard colors to liven up the visual aspects, but you don't have to. Your primary
audience is your design team and other internal stakeholders. Showing wireframes
to customers will often simply confuse them.
When you show these sketch-type wireframes to end users or other external
stakeholders, increase the fidelity to the point where they understand what they are
looking at, but no higher. These sketch-like wireframes invite end users to comment
thoroughly on them. Wireframes that look complete tend to get lighter, less
substantial feedback, such as comments on font colors, instead of the more conceptual
feedback that the sketch wireframes elicit from users.
Think of your wireframe as a brainstorming tool. Because they are created so
quickly, you won't get too attached to your wireframes
you will create and discard
many wireframes in the process of designing your site. Wireframes enable people to
 
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