I’ve never been comfortable with jumping straight into the browser when designing websites. I get the benefits of this approach but I’ve always found that mock ups are the best way to communicate an idea to a client in the quickest way possible.
It seems I’m not alone with this way of thinking. Samantha Warren launched her idea for style tiles recently, with plently of praise from the web design community. Dan Mall introduced the idea of element collages, and if you hop over to thesuperfriendly site you can see the entire design process for the Reading is fundamental website unfolding from element collages to final design.