Another grumpy old man chipping in. There are a few over-polished wireframes in here. This is time wasted, if you want to go the extra mile go for full on visuals or create a prototype.
Wireframes are to communicate your thinking to your nearest and dearest. Any effort spent on polishing (dropping a shadow, rounding a corner, adding a gradient) that does not add clarity to your thinking is time not spend talking to your stakeholders/developers/colleagues.
Agreed. Some of these aren't even wireframes, they're high-fidelity sketches
Absolutely. Most of these examples show elaborate User Interface designs, surpassing the stage of conceptual wireframing. All that's left for the Visual Designer is to add some colors. When I think of a wireframe I think of a visual representation which is supposed to communicate the results of user research, the proposed information architecture and how we plan to reach certain interaction/business goals. A low fidelty sketch with arguments would more then cover the requirements in the wireframing stage, wouldn't you agree?
Perhaps the fidelity of wireframes can be decided based on how confident you feel about your own solution and the type of feedback you are looking for.
- Still exploring/lots of feedback wanted = rough sketch
- Still exploring/no feedback wanted = weird position to be in, keep on working :)
- Confident/no feedback wanted = super polished and heavily annotated
- Confident/feedback wanted = well laid out, but simple shapes (possibly using hand writing font), low annotation
Who does create wireframes like this? Makes totally no sense to me. Spending time an effort to male something beautiful which serves as playground and after that will be never seen again except on drobbble. It is way better to draw something on paper or do a really bad quick mockup to make your point. This one is just, sorry, stupid...
When did Medium turn into Pinterest?
I looked at the article first and thought to myself "Good god... These are f-ing stupid. Is this what people think wireframing should be?"
I should say though, that not all of them are stupid. I actually thought a few of them could be useful.. An example is the Kitchenware sample wireframe.. It seems to be annotated pretty well, and could be a good tool to use for getting everyone on the same page in a team. Same with the Mac Chat Application Wireframes.
The beautifully hand illustrated ones are by far the dumbest. I'd fire myself for showing someone that. What a total waste of time.