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What is a wireframe, and how is it different from a screen mock-up?

Posted by Chris Adams

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Categories: Business Analysis, Systems Analysis, General, Functional Specifications


A wireframe is a static blueprint or schematic of a user interface, used as a visual aid in identifying basic functionality and navigation requirements. A wireframe is different from a screen mock-up because it does not include any elements of screen design, style or graphics. A wireframe focuses on what the user interface or screen does, rather than how it looks.
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AJ posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 4:10 AM
I believe, Wireframe and Mockup both are static. Wireframe is just a skeleton, or we can call this a sketch primarily seen in Blank & white frame. Mockup is one step ahead. Add colors, graphics or design to a skeleton and give an aesthetic look, and it becomes a mockup.

It's relatively easier to develop a wireframe, compared to mockup, and that's why the cost of developing the mockup is higher too. Mockup helps in obtaining a quick buy in from all the stakeholders because of the better visual aspects.
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