Web design and web development have both differences and connections between them. The most obvious difference is that web design is about the visual aesthetics of the website whereas web development deals with the actual coding of the design. The connection between the two is that a web designer creates the beautiful web interface and the web developer turns that image into a web page that is seen by the visitors.
To understand the role of web design and development in the website making process, let’s take a look at these two concepts.
Web design manages the overall look of the site. Everything related to the UI (User Interface) and UX (User Experience) like the visual aesthetic and usability is governed by web design. This includes the website layout, information flow, colour palate, topography of the website. The common tools used by the web designers are Abode Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator), Sketch, Prototyping tools (UXPin, Mockplus).
Web designers profile typically include the creation of logo design, graphic design, website layout and format, placing call-to-action buttons, branding, typography, and colour palettes.
A web designer though is concerned about the visual aspect of the website, but he cannot ignore coding completely. Web designers today should be familiar with the HTML, and CSS as it helps them with the designing.
Web development means coding the web design and make the website operative. A web developer gets the design of the page from the web designer and then he uses the technology to encode these pages. More precisely a web developer gives life to the web designs. Web development can be split into two categories:
- The front-end also referred to as client-side of an application is the code that is responsible for determining how the website will actually display the designs. The front-end developer’s job is more overlapped with that of the designer.
- The back-end or the server side of an application is responsible for managing data within the database and serving that data to the front-end to be displayed.
We can conclude that the web designers are more creative, while the web developers are more analytical. But both the web designers and web developer’s work towards creating a masterpiece that looks beautiful, is user-friendly and functions smoothly.
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