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In today’s high-tech world, the napkin diagram continues to be a cliché for brilliant ideas devised over a cup of coffee. It seems like every great success story has a napkin drawing behind it (see Figure 1).

For interactive designers, pen and paper are often the tools of choice for creating wireframes — drawings that are similar to a napkin diagram and used to conceptualize the layout, navigation, functionality, and other elements that make up the framework of a website or web application. In an iterative process, wireframes often progress to more elaborate digital versions with some basic interactivity added, enabling the client to more easily experience and understand a concept. This is often referred to as prototyping. Read the whole article / Proto overview on the Adobe Inspire site >>

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