Web Design Vs Web Development. What’s the Difference?

10th April 2017 / 3 minute read

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When you’re in need of a website, what do you search for? A web designer? A web developer? The two are actually very different. Of course, a manner of characteristics cross over, and the two tend to work together to create web magic.

But what really is the difference between them? And what are the similarities? Well, let’s explore some more…

What is a web designer?

Web designers are architects of the web, focusing on a website’s visual look and feel. Their work is noticeably great to look at for us visual beings. A web designer is great at drawing something eye catching, they are visual experts with a broad knowledge of colour, graphics and how to display information.

A good web designer thrives on creativity and their imagination, designing amazing looking websites with excellent user experience. Their working knowledge of software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator is also second to none.

Design principles in a nut shell…

Web designers are all about balance, contrast, emphasis and consistency. They first consider a client’s objectives before moving onto Information Architecture (IA) in order to fine-tune a website’s information hierarchy.

What is a web developer?

Web developers are builders of the web, they construct, build and determine a website’s structure and functionality. They take an awesome looking design and make it work. If the web designer took user experience (UX) into account, the two can work flawlessly together to bring a design to life.

An experienced web developer understands UX and works ahead to ensure the websites they build are flexible, quick and compatible.

So, does that mean one needs to understand the other?

Most definitely. A great looking design is useless without the ability for users to navigate around it easily. A website can be charming to look at, but if it isn’t user friendly, quick to load and responsive, that user is clicking off in a heartbeat.

Some web designers refuse to understand how a website is developed, while some developers don’t care too much for a design’s look. We don’t believe in web designers and web developers working without knowledge of the other.

In our eyes, the two have matched on Tinder and have been exchanging ideas within minutes. We concentrate on turning users into lifelong customers via flawlessly built websites that look fantastic.

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