Wireframes are visual representations of a user interface, stripped down to bare essentials. It’s a method of distillation so useful that we find variations of it across all design fields, from magazine layout to app development.
With wireframes, designers can take a first stab at arranging a site’s content and functionality, while proposing answers to questions both important and mundane. Should the menu reside at the top or the left? Where should the search box go? How prominent should the latest update be?