Often times wireframes are looked down on as a deliverable for designers who don't have good visual skills. I think that's nonsense. Even if you're an expert visual designer, operating at a lower level of fidelity can save you tons of time (and avoid turd-polishing).
This is an example of what we call a "High-Def" or HD wireframe. Everything is still in grayscale and helvetica. But the layout, selection states, contrast, basic icons, and grid are all in place.
I love working at this level of fidelity because you discover problems that you wouldn't see in low-fi wireframes, and you can absolutely turn it into a prototype for a user study.
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