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Wireframing ahoy!

by Constantinos Demetriadis
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We take a quick look at some wireframe resources and tools

Wireframes are the foundation of a design before it even starts to formulate with colors, shapes and forms. And even if some of us find them ugly, or a waste of time – yeah, I’ve heard that too – there is always the greater part among us that find them extraordinarily useful, amazingly beautiful, and somewhat sexy.

Here’s a short list of my favorite wireframing resources, which apart from keeping me informed about how others do it, I am also inspired and lead to new directions.

Wireframes Magazine

Just as you’d expect form a site with a name like that, they serve great wireframing content

Visit Wireframes Magazine

I ♥ wireframes

This is more of a “Flickr pool meets twitter with a blog” kinda resource, but it still remains on my RSS Reader because it keeps serving top quality content.

Visit I ♥ wireframes

Flickr is also a great source for inspiration

Images always talk better than words, so here’s what a really quick Flickr search comes up with. Great inspiration minus all the jabber …

Check these Flickr groups for instant inspiration:

Everyday Information Architecture
IA Discuss
Information Architecture
Drupal Redesign

Software

If you’re looking for software to get started on wireframing, the following will probably suite your needs.

Axure for PC
OmniGraffle for Mac (+ templates)
Protoshare for online access

post authorConstantinos Demetriadis

Constantinos Demetriadis,

Constantinos Demetriadis is a full time freelancer working from his personal digital design studio "Lovely Productions", basd in Athens, Greece.

In 1998 he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design, but at the same time he got acquainted to the internet, which ultimately won his heart.

His professional career started when, in 1999, he started working for HellasNet as a Web Designer, and in a very short period he obtained the position of Art Director for FUTURENEED, a business unit of the same company. Since then he has been actively involved in numerous award winning projects, with the highlight in 2002 when he won the Ermis Gold and Grand Ermis for the site of Naftemporiki. Other awarded projects include the personal site of Demis Nikolaides (2003), FORTHnet’s portal site (2004) and the Ermis Awards site (2005).

His client roster includes BP, Coca-Cola, Lenovo, DHL, Interamerican, Naftemporiki and OTENET among others.

On a personal level, he has been involved in the creation and development of ProjectNeo, a Greek design community which launched in November 2000. In 2003 it was awarded an Ermis Gold in the Amateur / Non Commercial Sites category. ProjectNeo ended its journey in November 2005, when it reached a full 5 years in operation.

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