Each week, I will feature a new UX resource that is free…until I run out of free resources, that is. I will tag these articles as UX Freebie so they are easier to locate. In addition, I will tweet the articles and tag them #uxfreebie in the event you would rather search through them there. The criteria for a resource to be a freebie is simple – it must be free, reviewed by me and UX related. This part of the site is about guiding you to a free UX resource so good you would have paid for it.

This week’s free resource is an awesome guide to wireframing – an eBook written by Chris Bank over at UXpin. It is titled, The Guide to Wireframing – For Designers, PMs, Engineers and Anyone Who Touches Product and is described as such:

  • For Designers, PMs, Engineers and Anyone Who Touches Product
  • A complete companion to wireframing, guiding you through theory and practice of creating winning designs across every stage in the product development process – from concept to launch.

There are 8 chapters in all and the book starts at a very basic level covering what a wireframe is and the different types as well as different tools used to construct them. The basics are covered in the first 4 chapters. From there, Bank gets more in depth covering principles for creating wireframes, design patterns and pattern libraries. Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out, there is something here for you. And if there isn’t: What the hell, you didn’t pay anything for it…

Downloading the book requires you to give UXpin an email address. I entered mine 4 days ago and have yet to receive any mailings from them. So they don’t seem be spam motivated at all. The guide is 119 pages and detailed with illustrations, photos and examples of wireframes. Given that it is free, it is an excellent value and is something many would probably pay for.

And that’s what the UX Freebie of the Week is about – guiding you to free resources so good you would have paid for them.

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