We have stated earlier, a wireframe is the blueprint of an application, and it enables the team to make decisions during development. Further, it reduces the risk factor by giving time to think and resonate the entire concept. Corporates create wireframes before going for development because
Offers interaction: A wireframe contains the idea of a project, and its representation strikes in one’s mind quickly. It means the whole team gets a picture of the product merely by seeing the wireframe. Further, they can raise doubts, feasibility issues, etc. at this stage.
Easy to develop: Building a wireframe is the simplest job. You can even use your pen and paper in order to design the wireframe. A wireframe intends to deliver the whole concept and flow of a project.
Minimal cost: As the development of the wireframe takes the least time, its cost is extremely minimal. And when you use free wireframe tools, the cost becomes negligible.
Mockup: Mockups come under high-fidelity design as it represents the entire functions of an application. They are different from Wireframes because they are more like an end product.
Mockup gives you a complete look and feel of the end product but, does not include real functioning. No clicks will work. Further, Mockups help investors and other stakeholders to get the complete appearance of the application.
If we compare Mockup and Wireframe, Mockup contains more UI elements and visualization. Additionally, Wireframe is a rough sketch of the application, whereas Mockup contains real visualization without clickable features.
Further, Mockups offer a more realistic impression to the clients because they are enriched with colors, typography, styles, and graphics. They also include actual buttons along with texts.