Top Wireframe Tools for Websites & Mobile Apps

Going straight to coding without a ‘definite’ idea of what your app should look and feel like is very risky and can lead to unnecessary rework. It’s therefore necessary to plan a roadmap or process flow. This does not mean you have to have it all planned out at the start or it has to be top quality, a sketch will serve as a good starting point.

A wireframe is a skeletal blueprint of an application that establishes the flow of the application. It is a low-fidelity sketch that shows the main features of the application.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this tutorial, you should be able to understand the following:

  • Importance of wireframing

  • Various tools for wireframe

  • Pros and cons for each tool

  • The most comfortable use case for your application

Importance of Wireframing

The pros of wireframing include the following:

  • It brings clarity to the project in terms of client needs and primary focus.

  • It makes communication with teams easier.

  • It facilitates a better feedback process.

  • It minimizes rework.

  • It helps to identify problems early.

Wireframing Tools

  1. Pen/Pencil and Paper

  2. Figma

  3. Pencil

  4. Adobe XD

  5. Bizagi Modeler

Pen/Pencil and Paper

Not too big on using tech tools or very sporadic? No problem. Good old-fashion pen and paper can do the trick just as well.


  • It is easier and faster to use.

  • It has little to no cost implication.

  • It allows for early feedback from users.


  • It can be hard to interpret.

  • It is hard to review designs when users are geographically dispersed.

  • Constant erasing can distort the design.

  • Designs still have to be transferred to a digital tool


Figma is a web-based graphics editing and user interface design app. It can be used for all kinds of graphic design work like wireframing websites, designing mobile app interfaces, prototyping designs, and much more.


  • It supports real-time collaboration between teams or individuals.

  • There are wireframe templates to start with.

  • It is easy to share designs.

  • It is cloud-based, as such, can be accessed from several devices without needing to download files.

  • It offers a free plan to users, with limited functionalities.


  • Although it has an offline version, users don’t have access to the full functionalities.

  • Real-time collaboration requires you to be online.

  • Poor version control. You have to be aware of the last edit made.

Learning Resources

Adobe XD

Adobe XD is a vector-based experience design platform for wireframing, prototyping, interactive design, and hi-fidelity web/app design for individuals or teams.


  • 7 days free trial.

  • US$11.49/mo for a single app.

  • US$60.94/mo for all (20+) apps.


  • It supports real-time collaboration between teams or individuals.

  • It supports animations.

  • It integrates with other Adobe products.

  • It is available on Windows and Mac OS.


  • The User Interface is not that attractive

  • It does not support many 3rd party plugins

Learning Resources

Pencil (Evolus Pencil)

Pencil is an open-source GUI prototyping tool that people can easily install and use to create mockups on popular desktop platforms.


  • It is supported on all operating systems.

  • It is free.

  • It supports the drag and drop of elements.

  • It has a lot of UI elements categorized by device types.

  • It is integrated with to let users easily find clipart by keywords.

  • Although outdated, it has a Firefox extension.

Bizagi Modeler

Bizagi modeler is a business process mapping software that enables organizations to create and document business processes in a central cloud repository to gain a better understanding of each step and identify process improvement opportunities to increase organizational efficiency.


  • Free for personal use.

  • USD$/mo for professionals.

  • USD$/mo/user for workgroups.

  • For enterprise, contact the team.


  • It supports real-time collaboration between teams or individuals.

  • It is easy to use and user-friendly.

  • It supports Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) notations.

  • It supports data visualization.


  • The User Interface is not that attractive.

  • Unlike its competitors e.g LucidChart, it is not integrated with many 3rd party services (e.g. Jira, Google Drive, Github) for better collaboration.

Learning Resources

Now that we’ve looked at just a few of the multiple tools (LucidChart, drawio, Microsoft Visio, and much more) that can be used, why don’t you go ahead and try them out and see what works for you.


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