How To Make Wireframes In Figma

Wireframing is a critical step in the design process, providing a skeletal framework of a website or application, which allows designers to define the hierarchy of items and their placement. One tool that has simplified this process is Figma. Figma is a browser-based UI and UX design application, with excellent tools for creating wireframes. This post will guide you through the steps of creating wireframes in Figma.

Step 1: Setting up in Figma

The first step is to open up Figma and create a new project. After creating your project, you’ll need to set up your workspace. Figma provides a range of shapes and tools on the left-hand side of the screen. The primary ones you’ll be using for wireframing are the frame and shape tools.

Step 2: Creating a Frame

To create a frame, click on the frame tool (or press F on your keyboard), then select the device frame that you wish to design for. You can choose from a wide range of devices – from desktop to mobile.

Step 3: Adding Elements

Once your frame is set, it’s time to start adding elements. The shape tools allow you to add rectangles, circles, and lines, among other shapes. For example, to add a rectangle, click on the rectangle tool (or press R on your keyboard) and then draw it onto your frame. You can adjust the size and placement of these shapes after they’ve been drawn.

Step 4: Creating Text Boxes

For text, click on the text tool (or press T on your keyboard) and click anywhere on your frame to start typing. You can adjust the font, size, and alignment of your text in the right-hand properties panel.

Step 5: Building a Navigation Bar

For a navigation bar, you’ll typically use a combination of rectangles and text. First, draw a rectangle across the top of your frame. Then, use the text tool to add navigation links. You can use the properties panel to align these links and adjust their spacing.

Step 6: Exporting Your Wireframe

Once you’re satisfied with your wireframe, you can export it by going to File > Export. Figma gives you a few different options for exporting, including as a PNG, JPG, or SVG.

And that’s it! These are the basic steps you need to know to create a wireframe in Figma. Remember, wireframing is all about defining the structure, not the style. Keep it simple and focus on the functionality. Happy wireframing!