If you’re not familiar with the design industry and more specifically UX (user experience) design, a “wireframe” and “mockup” could sound like the same thing to you: a representation of the structure of a website. However, these two concepts actually refer to two very different things.
Each of these terms refers to different stages of the design process, from the simplest and most general structure to the most complex and detailed design. In the following chart, we explain the characteristics of both, so you’ll not only understand how to use these terms appropriately, but how to employ these two design tools themselves.
What do wireframes and mockups have in common?
Both are completed before the launch of a project to have a clear idea about what the client wants and what will be designed.
How do you make a wireframe and a mockup?
There are lots of tools- both free and premium- available online to develop both. While wireframes can simply be hand-drawn to illustrate design ideas, it’s preferable to use digital tools for this purpose to give a cleaner and more professional look, especially when showing this to a client.
In this video, we introduce four options suitable for creating both wireframes and mockups:
Both wireframes and mockups are important when planning a design project. While one shows the “ingredients” of the design, the other shows the baked product. Want a hand with your next design project? Or maybe just more advice? Contact Motion Ave.! We’re passionate about digital design, and we’d love to bring your vision to life.