Wireframing in a Web 2.0 World

The advent of Web 2.0 has exposed a demand for richer, more nuanced forms of interaction, posing new challenges for today’s information architect. We will examine how wireframing – one of our most readily used tools – is evolving to meet these demands.

The creation of modern web applications involves designing intricate patterns, such as state-change and ajax-like behaviour. These designs need to be documented and tested quickly and efficiently. Using real-world examples, we will show how wireframes in the form of non-functional HTML prototypes can be the ideal solution to both documentation and design. We’ll demonstrate how frameworks such as JQuery can be your friends in prototype creation, and how best to put together your own library of design patterns.

We’ll explain how interactive prototypes are ideal for use in agile, iterative approaches to web development, as well as with more traditional workflows, and ultimately ensure prototypes give maximum return to both you and your client. Wireframing and prototyping have long been the lynchpin of user experience design. This talk will demonstrate why, with a little evolution, this is still the case.