A good way of describing what wire framing is, is to imagine having to describe a complex journey across town to someone, without providing them with any street names, landmarks or a Sat Nav! It would be pretty unreasonable to expect them to arrive at the intended destination.
Bringing the requirements to life
The provision of wire frames in the discovery phase, can be seen as the much needed missing map. Wire frames articulate the business and end user requirements of a system by translating them into a format that we can all understand. They bring these requirements to life by sketching out the user interface (UI) in a simple, schematic way and are indicative of the general layout of a page, the prioritisation of content, and the functionality available in the UI.
An iterative creative process
They require little investment in time and effort, so it makes sense that wire framing supports the process of revision and refinement of the UI and intended behaviours, prior to the more costly investment of revision in the design phase, when it’s more time consuming to make changes.
“Wire frames articulate the business and end user requirements of a system by translating them into a format that we can all understand.”