I'm a developer, not a web designer. I can put together some HTML and stuff, but it's just not pretty.

I can hand-draw my basic ideas as well and give those to the designer to inject their creative expertise, but I was hoping I could do a little better than just hand-drawn.

If there's anything out there that does this, please point me in that direction.


  • You mean like chicken scratches of the layout or detailed actually drawings of website designs? That's like unheard of... lol Gary Hepting over 9 years ago

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I did some Googling... does anything on this list kind of hit the mark of what you're looking for?


The Pencil one looks cool.

I just installed the Firefox plugin for the Pencil one on that list and it seems pretty cool: alt text

Answered over 9 years ago by Gary Hepting
  • I like some of the free choices here in the list. I guess I should have googled for mockup software. Had a little brain fail on the term there. :) Ein2015 over 9 years ago
  • Yeah i used the keyword phrase "website mockup tool" :) Gary Hepting over 9 years ago
o.k.w 2355

Are you refering to mockups and/or sketches? It need not be pretty, yea? If it does, you are doing the designer's job. :P

What I usually do are create mockups any of the followings:

  • HTML/CSS to show wireframes and/or workflow
  • MS Visio or equivalent e.g. DIA to construct a 'pretty' mockup quickly
  • Protoyping certain more complex behavior using javascript, e.g. dropdown menu, accordion, Ajax etc... (jQuery is the JS framework of choice)

I recently discovered Balsamiq, which I feel i pretty neat! It's not free though, you might want to give the trial a try. Here's a screenshot:

Answered over 9 years ago by o.k.w
  • I checked it out... Soooo unimpressed by their website home page... ewww :) Gary Hepting over 9 years ago
  • @Gary, yea, the balsamiq website and the app UI aren't pretty, but functionally very well done. I guess it is really a developer's tool :P o.k.w over 9 years ago
flavicius 118

What about gomockingbird.com? It's fast and free.

Answered over 9 years ago by flavicius

basalmiq mockups is a good tool i like to use to make mockups to bring to clients. heres the site

Answered over 9 years ago by canyonchase1
  • I'll try some free sources out there and if they don't do what I want then I'll trial balsamiq. Thank you for the input! Ein2015 over 9 years ago
Doug 1095

All the tools described so far have much to offer, but pencil and paper is still a great way to start! It let's you think about what you really want to accomplish rather than get bogged down in what the various tools lead you to believe is possible/allowed.

Answered over 9 years ago by Doug
  • I was going to do pencil and paper, but I like being able to think a little bit more about the interface than that. Not too much more, but just a bit. Like general colors. Ein2015 over 9 years ago