Wireframe types – Part 3 – Low Fidelity Wireframe
Low fidelity wireframe (also known as "LoFi Wireframe" or "LoFidelity Wireframe") resembles a Reference Zone Wireframe, from many points of view which we discussed here a few weeks ago. The key similarity in both wireframe types is that future design elements are indicated by boxes and text. Both are easily affordable and easy to create, yet at the same time detailed enough to communicate main visual ideas. One of the examples of such wireframe type you can find bellow.
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So, how is a LoFi Wireframe different from a Reference Zone Wireframe? In the LoFi wireframe, you are allowed to use different shades of gray to prioritize the elements. It can help tremendously during a discussion or meeting to show and understand how users will interact with the website. This technique is also known as The Niehaus Wireframe Technique.
LoFi wireframes typically do not include final content or copy. They are mostly useful if you need to present the direction or general concept to clients or to higher-up. In many cases, main visual ideas are better understandable when they are shown as a LoFi Wireframe, than in the sketch form. Since low fidelity wireframes do not contain much detail, clients understand that the design is still in the development phase. They are more inclined to give suggestions and feedback freely and openly. In addition, low fidelity wireframe in the digital form can be used as a base for HiFi wireframe.
You can find more examples of Low Fidelity Wireframes below. The following were published in the design portal Dribbble.