The terminology may be confusing for some people. First, we will discuss a wireframe. It is a static representation of your products or it a skeletal framework for your mobile apps. Both developers and designers follow it.
A prototype is an introductory composition of a product to know how it looks, how to operate it, what will it do. It is a rough draft of a product which does not signify a final product.
In UX design, we follow both low fidelity and high fidelity wireframes. In this article, we will discuss on low and high fidelity wireframes.
Low Fidelity Wireframe
Low fidelity wireframes are usually static or not interactive. There are many ways to include a low fidelity wireframe in the user experience design process.
A common type of designing by some developer include sketching the interface of the web or a mobile screen on a piece of paper, and these are commonly referred to as paper wireframes. These include a set of drawing sheets or concept sketches that represent the skeleton of the interface.
Uses Of Low Fidelity Wireframe
Low fidelity wireframes work as a checkpoint for the stakeholders at the beginning of the design process. They are handy to know new requirements and assumptions in the beginning. Low fidelity frameworks are accessible, are quick to create and flexible as they can adjust with each design loop.
Low fidelity framework is the first step towards making the team on a web project. Also using a low fidelity wireframe can manage the expense of stakeholders, developers, and designers by not investing money on a high fidelity wireframe.
High Fidelity Wireframe
High fidelity or medium-fidelity wireframes are also referred to as prototypes. They are fascinating and smart as they represent the end product more clearly and better than low fidelity wireframes. Some of them are responsive to the action of the user.
The contents and aesthetics are more detailed than low fidelity, and they are often built-in advanced stages of the design process to validate complex interactions during testing by users. They provide a realistic representation of the product.
There are many tools to develop and create a wireframe, which allows users to build bottom-up designs. Here you can start with a basic model and refining it to other advanced levels.
Uses Of High Fidelity Wireframe
The main uses of High fidelity wireframes are broadly divided into three major categories.
Realistic aesthetics: The products designed with high fidelity resembles the final product. This is very helpful in providing proper feedback of product by graphic representation.
Impressive interactivity: They are used to test UI components and interactions between a screen or multiple screens.
Lower human error rates: They reduce human errors during tests.