Lucidchart Tutorial – How to use wireframe templates

Lucidchart Tutorial – How to use wireframe templates


Wireframe diagrams are an easy way to
design the basic layout of a webpage. UX designers marketers and product
developers use this type of diagram to ensure basic website design follows
project goals, to work out website layout before adding navigation or creative
elements, and to give stakeholders a chance to provide feedback at an early
stage of development. Instead of scribbling web designs on a whiteboard
or in a notebook use Lucidchart to design wireframes that are easily
shareable and editable across different teams. You can use wireframe templates as design inspirations or as starting points for developing and adding your
own content. In the Lucidchart template library you’ll find several versions of
this diagram. Basic wireframes are the simplest and tend to be devoid of
content, color, or images and instead they use grayscale boxes and icons to
represent basic layout. Mobile Wireframes are the same as basic wireframes but these templates are for mobile web design. Annotated Wireframes contain text
in the form of annotations to provide more detail on the planned content and
functionality of a website to stakeholders. User Flows bring together
multiple basic wireframes and arrange them in a flowchart to demonstrate a
users possible navigation through a website or an app. Today we’ll focus on
explaining Annotated Wireframes. The shape libraries that we use to build
this template are open in the toolbox to the left of the canvas. You can access
these shape libraries in the shape library manager. Once the shape libraries
are open, you can drag and drop shapes onto the canvas. In this template we use
layers to build the annotations on top of the basic wireframe, which you can do
by going to the layers tab in the dock. Here you can edit existing layers or add
more layers. We also use actions to be able to toggle between the
basic wireframe and the annotations and to create links between different
wireframes, which models the possible functionality and navigation flow of the
overall website. To add an action, select any shape on the canvas, go to the
properties bar and click on the “Link” icon; then choose an option from the drop-down menu that pops up. If you need additional help,
watch our tutorials on creating layers and links, which are located in the
resource bar to the right of the canvas. To customize this template, add or
remove elements on the canvas to show where text and images will be on your
webpage. You can also change the annotations by going into the “Layers” tab
in the dock here to the right. Add other links to wireframes you have already
built to showcase how a user will navigate through your website. To build
your own Annotated Wireframe diagram, open one of the Annotated Wireframes
templates, which will have the annotation layer already created. If the Annotated
Wireframe templates don’t fit your needs, use one of our Basic Wireframe or Mobile
Wireframe templates, and then add your annotations using the “Layers” tab in the
dock. Check out our Lucidchart basic tutorial videos for more tips and tricks
that can help you with your wireframes. Once you’re done, share your document
with colleagues, stakeholders, and other interested parties. With this Annotated
Wireframe diagram, you’re well on your way to building your website, sharing
your vision with stakeholders and team members, and refining the user experience.
Check out our templates to learn how other Lucidchart diagrams can help you
communicate with clarity.

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