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