What’s the difference between a Web designer and Web developer?
Posted February 21st, 2017 by Mihai Slujitoru
You may have noticed that there’s still a confusion between web designer and web developer. If you are thinking to start a web project, it can be hard to know where to start. Many professionals identify themselves as either one of them, but what does it mean?
A designer’s job.
A designer’s job is to create an aesthetically pleasing and usable website. They use graphics and graphic designer software like Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch and many others to create a website for your online adventures.
While some designers know the basics of HTML/CSS is more important for them to have a strong grasp on a variate of concepts including typography, color, space, audience and user experience.
A developer’s job
Many aspects of a developer job resemble that of a designer but are quite different.
The best developers are detail-oriented and keen on specifics.
As a web developer, one of the best decision I made was to pair with a designer. It was tough in the beginning to communicate in a way that both parties understood the goals since there is so much jargon on each side. Here are some tips to close the gap.
- At all cost, avoid jargon.
- Show people how things should look or work.
- Be open to ideas. Sometimes designers love to go overboard with their creativity and might make things hard to achieve. A developer can help a designer understand what can be done and can’t in the time available.
- Learn about each other’s job. Read the basics, asks lots of questions and try to understand your peer.
If you are looking to hire a web designer or developer, hopefully, this article helped cleared the misconception between a web designer and web developer.
Have more questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me and I will gladly help you.