10 Excellent Tools for Creating Web Design Wireframes

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When starting a new web design project, it’s always a good idea to begin with a wireframe. The purpose of a wireframe is to communicate the layout of a page without getting caught up in color and design elements. Wireframes can be a big time saver as they help all parties involved come to an agreement on placement of major page elements such as headers, content areas, navigation menus, and footers. The key is to get the layout nailed down so major layout changes won’t take place once detailed design elements are in place.

There are several different routes that a designer can take for creating wireframes, and there are even applications designed specifically for this. For this article, we’ve rounded up 10 excellent tools for creating wireframes.

MockFlow

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MockFlow allows you to design and collaborate (in real-time) user interface mockups for your software and websites. It comes with numerous built-in components & icons.

Axure

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Axure enables application designers to create wireframes, flow diagrams, prototypes, and specifications for applications and web sites. It lets you use ready-made widgets including buttons, form fields, shapes, and dynamic elements that you can edit and format in a familiar environment. Or you can create your own custom widget libraries.

Balsamiq Mockups

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Using Balsamiq Mockups feels like you are drawing, but it’s digital, so you can tweak and rearrange controls easily, and the end result is much cleaner. With 75 pre-built controls to choose from, you can design anything from a super-simple dialog box to a full-fledged application, from a simple website to a Rich Internet Application.

Pencil Project

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The Pencil Project is a free addon for Firefox. Some key features include: built-in stencils, multi-page document support, and multiple export options.

HotGloo

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HotGloo is completely web based with lots of features that let’s you drag and drop and scale items easily. It also has support for realtime collaboration.

Mockingbird

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Mockingbird is another web app with a focus on collaboration. It allows you to link multiple mockups together and preview them interactively to get a feel for the flow of your application.

Cacoo

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Cacoo is an online drawing tool that allows you to create a variety of diagrams such as site maps, wire frames, UML and network charts.

ProtoShare

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ProtoShare is an easy-to-use, Web-based prototyping tool with a focus on collaboration. Team members can review work and provide timely feedback, ideas, and suggestions on clickable wireframes or creative content.

iPlotz

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iPlotz allows you to rapidly create clickable, navigable mockups and wireframes for prototyping websites and software applications.

OmniGraffle

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OmniGraffle is an app for Mac OS that gives you plenty of tools to create amazing wireframes and mockups, but it’s also great for creating all kinds of charts and diagrams as well.

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

55 Comments

  1. Ayush
    September 19, 2012

    Other lightweight Wireframing tool is http://www.mocknow.com

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  2. Tim Read
    October 26, 2012

    I tried Mockingbird, but its not compatible with IE (why IS IE such a pain all the time?)

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  3. Praveen Kumar
    December 13, 2012

    The URL for the Pencil Project is wrong. The right URL is http://pencil.evolus.vn/. Please update.

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  4. Howard Steele
    June 25, 2013

    Balsamiq Mockups looks so cool :)
    Great collection! Thanks.

    Reply

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