Saying goodbye to wireframes was never going to be difficult for us, as we’ve never stood behind them as a useful design tool. We haven’t used wireframes to design digital products at any point of the Dumbo journey. Thankfully, our clients have never argued with us on this as they have seen that leaving wireframes off the deliverables list has sped up the design process and increased the quality of deliverables.
Many designers might argue that: »With wireframes, I can better present a concept,« »I can quickly test ideas for their usability,« or »They are indispensable for the cooperation of developers and designers!« not to forget »In small projects you can get along without them, but at the latest when it comes to serious sizes, they are indispensable«.
However, in the four years that we’ve been running our business no one has ever asked us »Where are the wireframes?«
We want to share not only why you can easily save time and effort by skipping the wireframe process, but why using wireframes might actually be damaging the quality of your digital products.
But first, let’s be clear on what we mean when we talk about wireframes…