Designing a mobile app is an involved, multi-stage process. Figuring out where to start is difficult–there’s so many steps and ideas that go into it, and you want everything to be right. If you’re not sure where to start, try wireframing.

Wireframing, in a nutshell, refers to the skeletal structure of a mobile application, very often compared to a building’s blueprints. This will serve as the backbone of an app, laying out all of the components, and focusing on what each part does, rather than how they look.

Building a Site Wireframe: An Easy Guide

Wireframes represent the guts of the app. This should be a simple sketch like the one above. Don’t worry about adding in colors, images or designs. This rough sketch will lead to creating a wireframe, which then turns into a blueprint, then a mockup, and finally a prototype. The goal is to create a mind map that identifies the basics of the functions of your app. Keep in mind that depending on the platform you are designing for, Android or IOS.

Many designers report it being easier to design a wireframe for ios, but that is not always the case. Creating a wireframe will reduce costs and save you from unexpected surprises along the way. Wireframes also help ease into various transitions of each stage of the project, and give you a rudimentary idea of how the app will work.

The purpose of a wireframe is to guide a user and help them navigate through the different sections of the website. Keep it simple and take a closer look before you build the app and make sure your users are happy. Your wireframe will only improve your user’s experience.