The wireframing stage is one of the most inspiring and delightful. It is here where the idea that has excited your mind for quite some time begins to take actual shape. It becomes real and pretty weighty. With a basic skeleton that underlies the future concept emerge new features and details that give an overall image of the future product. While some may consider it just a first model that roughly describes the upcoming web or mobile application, in point of fact, in a lot of situations the carefully-assembled well-thought-out wireframe is a decisive factor in achieving success. It is a firm foundation that assists you in building the functionality and exterior of the product without dealing with unnecessary changes that can shatter the whole work. It has lots of benefits, and there are numerous ways to derive them.
As is often the case, you can find some helpful tools, especially those that belong to the premium category. Balsamiq, Axure, Visio, and some other professional programs never fall off the radar. Offering an impressive range of possibilities and built-in features that almost literally do all the heavy lifting for you, they are popular choices among artists. However, there is a dozen of good free alternatives that may be not so powerful, yet in the right hands, they can do wonders and be as profitable and life-saving as their commercial heavyweight counterparts. They do not provide you with a drag-and-drop interface, since they are just packs of UI components made in sketch style, but they are sufficient to turn your idea into a digital template quickly and efficiently.
In today’s article, you will find free bundles of wireframe elements and flowcharts. We have even included paper-based instruments for prototyping, considering those of you who are sick and tired of everything digital and artificial and prefer to stick to the old-school ways of forming your idea that implies banal but pretty enjoyable doodling on a piece of paper. Proceed to the list and replenish your arsenal with instruments that fit your needs.
After you enjoyed this article, please visit our previous collection of wireframe mockups and templates that feature even more free tools created for such tasks.
Nataly is an internet entrepreneur and an amateur web designer and developer from Sevastopol, Ukraine. She is running a blog for web designers and developers where you can find some inspirational and useful stuff. In her spare time she reads books, unveils the secrets of the world and plays volleyball. Visit her blog or follow her on twitter