High Fidelity Clickable Prototyping

Living that hi-fidelity prototype life

The fidelity spectrum for wireframes and prototypes is as vast as the menu at the Cheesecake Factory. Our UX design workflow typically includes everything from paper sketches and basic low-fidelity (lo-fi) wireframes to high-fidelity (hi-fi), interactive wireframes and prototypes. You name it, we do it all.

While lo-fi wireframes present big ideas in a simple way, hi-fi, clickable prototypes are more complete representations of your end product. Here at Inventive, we tend to get a little excited when we get to talk about hi-fi wireframing because they mimic the look and feel of your app or website — before it’s actually developed. Our team will include all the branding, copy, colors, logos, fonts, and graphics that will be part of your final product so you can get a teaser taste of what it’s going to look and feel like.

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From hi-fi wireframes to clickable prototypes

Hi-fi wireframes are most useful at the tail end of our design process after the initial user research is complete and all underlying decisions about both layout and content have been made.

Wireframes with hi-fi elements, but no interactivity, are often called mockups. Once our team adds interactions, transitions, or animations to these mockups, it becomes a prototype. Pretty cool, right?

With clickable menus and buttons, hi-fi prototypes provide you with a visceral sense of the user experience. This allows our team to tweak usability before final design approvals, testing, and hand-off to our developers for the final stages.

The basic characteristics of hi-fi prototyping include:

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The basic characteristics of hi-fi prototyping include:

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Visual design

Realistic and detailed design — all interface elements, spacing, and graphics look just like a real app or website.

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Content

Our designers will incorporate real or similar-to-real content. The prototype includes most or all of the content that will appear in the final design.

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Interactivity

Prototypes are highly realistic in their interactions.

Hi-fi clickable prototyping

When you need to gather feedback and user validation, find and fix those pesky problems in your interface, and simulate system responses, it’s time to turn to our hi-fi clickable prototype services. There are three main advantages of using our hi-fi clickable prototypes during the UX design process:

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Meaningful feedback during usability testing

Hi-fi prototypes often look like the real deal to users. This means that during usability testing sessions, test participants will be more likely to behave naturally — as if they were interacting with the actual product.

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Testability of specific UI elements or interactions

With hi-fi interactivity, it’s possible to test graphical elements like affordance or specific interactions, such as animated transitions and microinteractions.

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Inspire enthusiasm

The leap from lo-fi to hi-fi can be inspiring for everyone involved. After laying the foundations in grayscale, it can be refreshing for teams to see their efforts rendered in full color and detail. And, from a realistic prototype, stakeholders, investors, and the end user can better grasp the product’s true appeal.

The higher the fidelity, the better they communicate form and function.

Hi-Fi Clickable Prototyping Success Stories

If delivering a great user experience is the goal of your project — and it should be — then hi-fi prototyping is a must. We’ve helped clients from all business types and industries incorporate this into their design process. Here are just a few of our hi-fi clickable prototyping success stories.

Our arsenal of Hi-Fi clickable prototyping tools