A lot of designers will take the
elements that need to appear on
each page and start by creating
wireframes. This involves
sketching or shading areas
where each element of the page
will go (such as the logo, primary
navigation, headings and main
bodies of text, user logins etc).
By creating a wireframe you can
ensure that all of the information
that needs to be on a page is
You should not include the
color scheme, font choices,
backgrounds or images for
the website in the wireframe.
It should focus on what
information needs to be on
each page and create a visual
hierarchy to indicate the most
important parts of each page.
The wireframes make design
easier because you know what
information needs to appear on
which page before considering
how the the page should look.
It can be very helpful to show the
wireframes of a site to a client
before showing them a design.
It enables the client to ensure
the site has all the functions and
information it needs to offer.
If you just present a site design
to a client, it is common for them
to focus on how the site looks,
which means they may not raise
issues about its function after
the site has been built.
A wireframe is a simple sketch of the key
information that needs to go on each page of a
site. It shows the hierarchy of the information
and how much space it might require.
The example on the right was
created in Photoshop using the
templates that come with the
960.gs grid system.
You can sketch wireframes
on paper or use a graphics
application on your computer
(such as Illustrator or InDesign).
There are also online wireframe
tools such as those at: