What are the main components of web design that can be sketched on paper? I refer to the visuals of a design that could be developed by sketches and drawings. Like a sketch of a Web-page view in browsers, smartphones and tablets.
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Almost all my web designs start out in Photoshop (think of that as electronic paper), and the rest of them really do begin with pencil on a pad.
My initial renderings block out
This is done on at least one page of each major section, as well as I usually create a paper site map of the project, breaking it down into first stage, second, etc., along with due dates or milestones.
I use a second pass over my sketch to
The "rougher" the sketch, the more conceptual the planning, the more important the "chalk talk" or sketches become for building the parameters of the project,and getting everyone's buy-in early on.
Considering the multiplicity of multiple devices to design for today, a paper sketch might be the best place to begin when developing the fluid design required. Simulate the viewport widths with a "to scale" frame on the paper and integrate the required elements, but be sure to do so in a manner that best fits each device.