I agree with you. We do that too. Coloured wireframes with close to actual font size helps in visualising the page and its much easier to get client approvals :)
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Sent: Monday, June 14, 2010 07:07 PMTo: email@example.comSubject: Re: [IxDA] Pixel perfect wireframes?
As designer turned UX designer, I struggled with this for a while but in our
studio it turned out that near pixel perfect wireframes are actually helpful.
We scamp/sketch out initial concepts using black and grey marker pen, before
moving to more detailed wireframes. I always wireframe to a grid and try to
get font sizes approximatly what they should be, and my wireframes are
generally in colour *gasp*. Wireframing to a grid, ensures that we can tell
from the start before visual design that a layout works and what we can
approximatly fit in a given space, and the client gets minimal suprises. I
use colour to highlight some important visual heirachy and functionality, as
well as messaging, its usually not the final colours but it helps visually
explain a wireframe without always needing to read my annotations (also very
helpful for unstanding when it comes to presenting and explaining concepts to
clients). While these things help make the design process easier, it also
helps to push the designers beyond the temptation to just colour in the
boxes, and makes them work harder to make sure their designs knock the socks
of my pretty wireframes.
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