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How to Create Wireframe with Google Docs

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Peter Martinez updated on 2020-09-25 17:19:49

You may not be familiar with the concept of Google wireframe using Google Docs because there's really no ready-to-use wireframing tool provided at this point. Nevertheless, there is a workaround where you can import a wireframe template and then customize that to your specifications. Alternatively, you can use the existing tools to create a Google Docs wireframe for any application or web page, such as a Google Map wireframe, and so on. This article gives you an overview of how to create a Google Drive wireframe that can be easily shared with other collaborators. We also show you a dedicated alternative for creating and sharing wireframes, designs, and prototypes in a much more powerful way.

How to Create Wireframe with Google Docs

The method we'll be using is to start from a blank document because it's unlikely that you'll find a wireframe template to suit your exact needs. Just follow the steps below to create a Google Docs wireframe easily and share it with others.

  1. For a website wireframe, it's always useful to have a sitemap, which is basically an index of the inner pages and their hierarchical relationship to each other. So, create your sitemap using the bullet functions to define levels, as shown in this image:
    google wireframe
  2. To add various content blocks, you can use the Insert Table function in Google Docs. Click on Insert → Table and choose the number of columns and rows. You can resize them to fit the requirements of the content block, then add the appropriate text, as shown here:
  3. Similarly, you can add more tables for each of the content blocks required, until your wireframe looks something like this:
    google map wireframe
  4. You can also use page interlinking to connect from one page state to another. It will be a complex process because you'll be working with multiple documents, but it's definitely doable. That way, you have an interactive and clickable wireframe for review purposes.

Obviously, since Google Docs is technically not a wireframing tool, it has a lot of disadvantages. However, there are also some benefits to using it. We list some of the pros and cons of using Docs as a Google wireframe app.

Pros

  • Simple to get started
  • Highly collaborative
  • Great for static pages with just a few interactive elements

Cons

  • Not suitable for complex wireframes with links and multiple screen states
  • No device-specific canvas
  • No animation and other effects for prototyping

If you're looking for a better alternative to Google wireframe as a utility, here's one that will blow your mind.


How to Create Google Map App Wireframe

Wondershare Mockitt is a dedicated tool to create wireframes, designs, and prototypes, right until the handoff stage when the developer takes over. While the interface is clean and simple, tremendous power is available at your fingertips. This cloud-based app gives you full control over asset libraries, design editing, interactiveness, and collaboration; in short, it is an end-to-end wireframe-to-prototype tool for all major OS platforms.

google drive wireframe

Some of the key features include a comprehensive asset library where individual components can be customized and reused, a robust collection of effects, animation, gestures, and transitions to breathe life into your designs, an easy way to create a fully functional prototype without any coding knowledge whatsoever, real-time feedback mechanisms, and the ability to seamlessly handoff your designs for rapid development.

The steps to create a Google Maps app wireframe is shown below for your reference:

Step 1: Create a Project

First, create a new project from scratch or using one of the many demo wireframes available. Click "Create New Project";, name it, choose a device class, and select a specific device to open the corresponding canvas.

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Step 2: Add Widgets to Wireframe

Next, add whatever widgets you need from the asset library, which will be visible on the left as a Fast Widget option or on the right side along with the properties settings. You can either drag them to their place, double-click them, or draw them using hotkeys.

google docs wireframe

Step 3: Link Screens for the Wireframe

Once you've created multiple screens, you can begin linking the screens to each other based on the process flow. This can be done by dragging the link icon on the chosen widget to the target screen in the left panel or by clicking the New Link button in the right-side panel. You can also add specific effects such as animation, transitions, gestures, etc.

wireframe google map

Step 4: Add Notes for the Wireframe

Finally, you can annotate your designs with Sticky notes, which you can use from the component library. Save the design and then share it with others using a URL or a QR code that will be generated for the process.

By following the steps shown above, you can wireframe Google Map applications or web pages in an efficient manner compared to the Google Docs wireframe method. You can also add your customized widgets to the Master asset library, use dynamic widgets that can be controlled at the individual level instead of at the screen level, and do a lot more. Wireframing is simple, designing is efficient, and prototyping is functionally superb with Wondershare Mockitt.

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