Wireframing is one of the best parts of starting a new web design project. You have a blank canvas and you are allowed to let your creativity rein free. Your design may eventually be spoiled by the clients added input… but for that short time … This article focuses on actual wireframing tools and standalone applications, as well as resources that you’ll need to build your own wireframe: wireframing kits, browser windows, form elements, grids, Mac OS X elements, mobile elements, which you’ll use in any typical graphics editor such as Photoshop or Illustrator. …Or you could use pen and paper. You can download (for free) and use them right away, hope you find this collection useful.
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Wireframes Magazine is dedicated to all things wireframing and prototyping. It has a huge library of downloadable templates, samples and UI tools, and even a section for inspiration.
Every web redesign project we get comes with an essential strategy document. This strategy document is a tailored roadmap laying out specifics for a successful relaunch including wireframes to help visualize how new web templates will take shape, a review of competitor sites, key messages to be surfaced in the new creative stylings of a site, a streamlined information architecture, rollout schedules, and more.
A website wireframe is the basic structure of the website. It does not have any functionality or design it’s the basic concept of the layout and works as a guideline for the designer.
The wireframe must incorporate all important information keeping the page structure clean and accessible. As a web consultant you decide the layout of the website not the client. In my experience I find that most clients accept structural changes very well when done right.
Website wireframes are simple line drawings that show the placement of elements on a web page. You can save yourself a great deal of time by editing the layout of a simple wireframe at the start of the design process instead of a complex design later.
A guide to using HTML for wireframing and prototyping websites from Boxes and Arrows. It touts the benefits of creating HTML wireframes over visual-only types and offers up extensive information about creating your own HTML versions.
This site aggregates wireframe images from Flickr. It’s a great place to check out if you’re not sure what method of wireframing will work best for you, or if you just want to see how other people are approaching wireframing.
A guide to wireframing for search engine optimization purposes from SEOmoz. It describes the wireframing process strictly from an SEO perspective and reminds designers to keep in mind things like key functions for each page and building navigation with relevant keywords.
A great introduction to the benefits of wireframing from Sitepoint. It offers a three-step approach to wireframing in addition to expounding on the benefits of using wireframes, including their ability to let you foresee potential problems before you get into the nitty-gritty of designing.
A post in a series from Particletree about prototyping Ajax, this covers wireframing techniques. This article covers three excellent methods of wireframing dynamic content: Keyframing, stacking and TOP (Turn On Possibilities), as well as outlining the benefits and drawbacks of each.
A great overview of why wireframing is a good idea, along with tools for creating your own. This is a really comprehensive article that covers everything from creating wireframes to working with clients during the wireframing process to the benefits of wireframing over visual design in the early stages of a website design.
A complete roundup of wireframing guides, techniques, tools, and more. It’s a great resource post with links to other sites, including a section for techniques, tools, examples, paper prototyping, and wireframing articles, among other links.
A great article on why you should wireframe, along with resources to get your started. It’s a great rundown of the benefits of wireframing, including its ability to help clients focus and what they can teach you about your clients.
An article detailing tne designer’s reasons for using wireframes and their purpose. It really covers the personal wireframing experience of the author, including what they get from wireframing beyond the obvious results. Examples are included (both the wireframes and final site design).
A huge list of tips for creating better wireframes. It outlines tips like putting functionality first, focusing on the user experience and working to a deadline.
A video outlining Nick Finck’s wireframing process. The wireframe created is done using OmniGraffle and a wireframe stencil kit.
Dragnet website wireframes kit v0.9 is a common library for Adobe Fireworks and contains over 25 objects that are useful for rapid prototyping of websites. It is completly free to download and use. The kit contains common web design elements such as scrollbars, buttons, menus, alerts etc. Most of them supports the 9-slice scaling feature that is build into Fireworks for a better resizing of the objects.
A pretty sizable collection of Facebook related elements to use in creating wireframes for Facebook applications.
Includes all Flex components from Flex 3 Style Guide: panels, data grid, buttons, fields, links, toggle, menu, scrolls, accordion, tabs, list, data picker, tool tip, errors.
Blue Modern Web UI is a clean, well organized PSD file with example buttons and form elements.
This web interface layout template pack comes packaged with a choice of six colors (grey, purple, blue, yellow, red and green) and are each available in both .psd and .png.
This basic web wireframing kit consists of a PSD file with some of the most common design elements. Available in both black and white.
This is a collection of common user interface elements for use when creating wireframes of desktop or Web applications in Microsoft PowerPoint. Most elements are created using tables to allow for easier editing of more complex objects (e.g. tab panels).
The idea behind this mini wireframe kit is to give you just the essential shapes for web wireframing. For everything else you can use natively Fireworks because Fireworks itself is great tool for prototyping and wirefriming.
These templates enable you to put together interactive product wireframes quickly, and add hyperlinks to enable interactivity without writing code. Once you’re done with your wireframes, you can upgrade them using the mega prototyping bundle, and give your prototypes a more polished look and feel.
Small Graphical User Interface Elements Pack
This is a set of shapes for making wireframes (low-fidelity web page schematics) in OmniGraffle version 5.x (Mac OS X). It consists of most of the basic elements you’ll need to create user interface specifications. The screenshots below show all of the stencils in this set.
This stencil enables you to easily prototype Eclipse (wizard) dialogs with OmniGraffle(TM).
This set contains all of the following elements in three distinct styles: glossy, satin/light gradient, and one-color. The satin/light gradient set is available in 7 different colors (which you’ll find all of in the psd file)
Yahoo! Design Stencil Kit version 1.0 is available for OmniGraffle, Visio (XML), Adobe Illustrator (PDF and SVG), and Adobe Photoshop (PNG)
This download contains a wireframe symbol library and a full Adobe Illustrator file with all of the elements spread out on a board. To install the library just drag and drop the file named Wireframe Symbols.ai into your Adobe Illustrator “Symbols” directory. Once you open Illustrator, go to your Symbols Palette and load the library.
Using the open-source “Bitstream Vera” font set and free icons from FamFamFam, you should have most of your common web page elements covered, including headings, form elements, content management function, image placeholders, etc.
This is the second, more comprehensive release of this stencil which follows best practice UX form design practices, providing three different ways of laying forms out, each with their own benefits. This version also provides different button layouts, a progress indicator, captcha code input field, labels and more.
These Photoshop files include screenshots of all the common form elements as displayed in your selected operating system (Mac Classic, Mac OS X, Win XP and Win Classic). The form elements are separated into individual layers so that you can easily select, adjust or switch them as you please.
This is along the same lines as our iPhone PSD. Everyone here in our office seems to get these form elements and browser windows from different sources, some of them are good, most are out of date. So, in an effort to keep our stuff up-to-date and consistent we put together our own. Included is a set for Mac Firefox 3 and another for Vista IE7.
These Photoshop button templates have been separated into individual layers to be easily selectable. You can choose from the following colors: dark blue, light blue, dark green, light green, yellow, orange, red and purple.
These buttons are in a fully editable .PSD file and every element (even the shadows and highlights) has been constructed with vector shapes and layer styles, making each button fully scalable.
Download a free template for omnigraffle to quickly mockup websites based on the 960 grid.
It is pretty simple, the template has guide for a three column 20px gutter design. I then have layers of light blocked out colors to help establish both column for using the rule of thirds, and additionally it is broken down into six columns of 20px gutters. You can now flesh out your design on top of the shades thus helping you keep a consistent grid and make placement of elements easier.
The purpose of this template is to allow you to create visual design comps that are designed to be implemented using a CSS layout framework. The Photoshop document features a 24 column grid for CSS frameworks such as Blueprint. It consists of guides that comply with Blueprint’s grid of 24 columns of 30px, 10px wide gutters, and a horizontal width of 950px. Horizontal guides are provided at 18px or 1.5 em line-height for 12 px base font.
Full PSD layered file, most of files are fully editable. Big part of this files contains elements «you don’t wanna waste time on» like bullets, arrows, scrollers, checkboxes, etc, some typical stuff, but also some lovely elements
Sketching & Wireframing kit is a free set of elements for sketching and wireframing. It consist of form elements, icons, indicators, feedback messages, tooltips, navigation elements, image placeholders, embedded videos, sliders and common ad banners.
Simply PSD, shows you how to make a Windows 7 (Public Beta) Takbar.
Design your application for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices with this exhaustive set of stencils. All stencils have been originally created by hand with native OmniGraffle shapes and groups and can be scaled, resized and exported to other vector formats in Graffle. The stencils represent the actual controls and views that are available to developers in the iPhone OS SDK and follow recommended application styles as discussed in the iPad and iPhone Human Interface Guidelines.
This Photoshop download contains registration fields, menus, checkboxes, radio buttons and cursors.
This is a version of the Konigi Wireframe Icons which may be used in wireframes, on personal and commercial web sites, and in print publications. The product includes EPS and PNG versions of the original Konigi Wireframe Icon Set, and are suitable for use in vector drawing applications such as Adobe Illustrator, as well as for use in Microsoft Visio.