Engaging Paper Wireframe

April 23rd, 2009

Often as noted in the past, there comes a time when the designer craves to invite feedback about a wireframe or any other design documentation. Rob here has taken one step further by creating an interface representation with elements being overlaid as separate pieces of paper. This has the added benefit of having an even more engaging wireframe which invites further collaboration. Here not only can viewers provide verbal feedback, but instead they can explore together different interface variations while freely rearranging elements. In retrospect Rob writes about his experience positively:

I really enjoyed the meeting I had. In the past support for these meetings has been thin. I used this free-flow method to get better participation and stake-holder engagement in this project – and I think it worked (know it worked).

Update: Rob just did a second version of this wireframe, which can be visible over at his flickr site. Looks like putty has also been used to keep all of the paper layers from flying around.

Credits: Rob Enslin

5 Responses to “Engaging Paper Wireframe”

  1. Adam_W Says:

    Rob – I like how you added the px * px information to get around the problem sketching has with relative sizes.

    Down where you have them labeled "content blocks" do you intend for each block to be a separate area or by placing those blocks together do you get one large content block?

  2. Rob Enslin Says:

    Thanks. When I work with some teams they like to see absolutes values or easily identifyable elements – removes the need for any questioning so they can concentrate on structure/order only.

    With this version (photo) I used the 'content blocks' pieces freely – either: individually (perhaps vertically) , two alongside each other (spanned element) or four making a larger square element. Specifically, I'm (in the early stages) highlighting the ad elements and using the other elements as fillers.

  3. Jason Grant Says:

    Hey this is actually pretty cool.

    In conjunction with using some squared paper, lots of this kind of stuff could be utilised on day to day basis in very high profile projects.

    Nice one.