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Good read from Thomas on visitmix.

For Rich Internet and desktop applications, rectangles, buttons, textboxes, and breadcrumbs simply don't do it for wireframes. They serve to ground the logic flow of an experience, but for this low-degree of effort, it's not reasonable to assume that your client will understand or even what you've come up with here. There is truly a balance between visually sound and agile prototyping. To make a bold statement on a unique UX for a particular scenario will win over a client's trust in your abilities. Still, we can't expect that every scenario will have that special user experience or we'd all be broke, right? We need to wireframe what is absolutely going to be a pain point for the client. Sketch quickly, prototype the design collaboratively, and best of all, if the client is unable to accept how an interaction will take place or how that flow of information will take place, lean on an animator to stitch together a few keyframes to illustrate the pitch. Make it quick and dirty, but most importantly, pitch the right UX metaphor for the interaction. Sell the wireframes on the key moments, not by designing a black/white web site. No matter how cool Sketchflow and other tools sound, there's no substitute for back of the napkin, whiteboarding. Still, if you pitch a wireframe, you better be sure the client knows if it's been blessed from engineering or not.

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