Wireframing Fidelity and Activation Energy

Enjoyed this discussion on LinkedIn. I’ve checked out Balsamiq and Axure and OmniGraffle. OmniGraffle wins for best name, for sure…but I’m no Mac user, sadly.

The discussion ranged widely, and the issue I think is FIDELITY. We talk a lot about fidelity of mockups in ID, and wireframes are prototypes. And that’s why paper sketching seems to be a good starting point for me and a lot of other people. I get that there’s the issue of workflow – if it’s going to be digital, start digital. but there’s also the issue of Energy of Activation – for me and a lot of others, picking up a pen is a lot faster (and portable) than sitting down on a computer. Low Fidelity, but high speed and low activation energy.

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