When creating a new website or redesigning one, designers need to define a site strategy about the information they will provide to their visitors.
As information architects, they need tools that help clients understand the structure of their content. One tool we have found particularly helpful is wireframes. Basically it is a visual representation of your user interface. You can use wireframes to communicate four things.
- Navigation Structure
- Layout – the page hierarchy and placement of elements on the screen.
- It gives an idea to content writers of how content will be placed within the design.
- Functionality– describes how product will work, and how it interacts with the people using it.
In this article we will focus on the methods used in wire framing process for responsive web design and how user will access the content.
Introducing the Content Wireframe
The concept of content wireframe is think about the user, not the technology. It establishes an information hierarchy and flow.
Creating Content Reference Wireframes
You can create the content reference wireframes with a code editor such as Coda or Adobe’s Brackets. But for those who are let say code challenged, we will choose illustrator that will fit you best as its artboards enable you to start with a mobile-first approach and grids allow for consistency of design. You can easily create precisely sized boxes for wireframe.
A Mobile-First Approach to Content Wireframes
For a mobile first approach, use illustrator to focus on the important part of the content. Let’s create 5 viewports to layout the foundation for a responsive content wireframe
- CREATE THE DOCUMENTS
In Illustrator, create five new documents with the following widths and heights (in pixels):
320 × 800
768 × 1200
992 × 1400
1224 × 1600
1440 × 1800
- CREATE THE CONTAINERS
In the 320 pixel-wide document, make seven unlined boxes filled with neutral gray.
- CREATE THE LABELS
Place text over each box — in descending order: Header, Main video, Video 02, Video 03, Video 04, Video 05 and Footer.
- RESIZE THE BOXES
Make the main video box a little bigger than the others to indicate its priority. If necessary, scale down the header and footer — but keep them full width.
- COPY THE BOXES
Now that you have relative sizes and labels, copy the boxes to the other documents or artboards. They represent the existence of content, not the content’s precise sizing or spacing.
In the above article you have seen that, you can create content wireframes by simply deconstructing the websites into their basic building blocks.
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