In this post, we’ll discuss three popular methods that you can use to mock-up your website design.
1. Design softwareGraphic design software such as Photoshop or Sketch are great for designers who want to create detailed website mock-ups. This approach allows designers to design “pixel perfect” mockups that show exactly what the website will look like once completed. Creating a high-fidelity mock-up in a program like Photoshop also makes it easier to visualize the different pieces of a website, and to experiment with colors, imagery, fonts, and so on. However, this method works best when the designer has a deeper understanding of how a website is built in order to avoid designing elements that don’t translate easily into code.
2. Low-fidelity mock-upsIf you aren’t quite set on creating a pixel-perfect version of your website design, you might opt for a low-fidelity mock-up instead. Low-fidelity mock-ups can often overlap the wireframing process, but they generally focus on adding more detail to website elements and how they will appear on the page. While a low-fidelity mock-up can be created as simply as by sketching ideas out on paper, there are a variety of programs that can help designers quickly and easily create website mock-ups, such as Mockflow or Moqups. These types of programs typically provide basic editing tools and element libraries to speed up the mock-up creation process.
Since low-fidelity mock-ups don’t provide a lot of detail for the design of page elements, it can be helpful to pair them with the creation of a style tile, which focuses on design elements such as colors or typography. Then, both pieces can be combined during the development process.