The first wireframes are "version 3"

Over time, I have learned to consider the first wireframes of any new idea to be "version 3", meaning that, because of how our brain works, we usually tend to put way too many details in them.

So, once the wireframes are done, I scale them back once (version 2), and then do it again, to get to what should be released in version 1.

I wrote about this little trick as part of a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session I did last year, and forgot all about it...until I received a CRAZY email a few days ago.

Here it is in all its glory:

From: Chase Reeves <chasereeves@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 5:42 PM
Subject: You inspired this quick post (+ a few gifs)
To: peldi@balsamiq.com

There was a bit in your Reddit AMA where I was, all, like this:

wut-dog

Cuz, before that bit my ideas were, like, this:

almost

I couldn't nail the MVP, just wasn't capable:

drunkcat

Then you were, all, like this:

follow_me

And now i'm, all, this and this:

falcoryes

So I wrote up this post.

Been sitting on this one since all the way back to your reddit AMA.

Big fan, fellow speaker and bootstrapper.

Cheers, Peldi! You're a magic man.

gob

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Chase Reeves
www.twitter.com/chase_reeves

Chase, you made my day. 🙂

The post Chase wrote is really interesting, it elaborates on the Version 3 idea quite nicely. Check it out, and check out his startup Fizzle, too!

Peldi

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