One of the most common issues aspiring website owners come up with is the fact that they don’t know how to properly design their own website or put their ideas into place to hand to a professional designer. Being able to clearly show your vision for a web designer can help you translate your thoughts into a reality.
I’ve been making use of some online software the last few weeks called Mockingbird. It has essentially allowed me to create a mockup design for what I want my site to look like — in my case, a small series of landing pages.
Mockingbird allows you to drag, drop, create, input, organize and design your own website in minutes. You choose the layouts, colours and text, and they take care of the rest.
Here’s a quick example to show what you’re presented with upon opening the application:
Mockingbird appears to run on Flash to the unknowing user, but it’s actually Cappuccino, which is open source framework that runs a lot smoother, and is more interactive.
If you wanted to put a scroll bar in the center of your website for some weird reason, you could even do that too. The options are pretty much unlimited with what you can do.
After you create your project, you can save it and export it as a PDF or PNG file format. Each file is zipped for you to download afterward.
If you want direct feedback from a colleague or someone else, you can even send them the direct link to your saved project.
Some may argue that you could do virtually the same thing with a piece of paper and pencil, but this gives you the ability to include interactive drop boxes and forms, text areas and organized graphics.
Mockingbird is also free, which makes it that much better.
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