What makes a web designer different from a web developer? The answer to that question was straightforward in the early days of the web: designers designed and developers coded. Today’s question necessitates a bit more nuance.
In essence, web design encompasses both the aesthetics and usability of a website. To construct the layout and other visual elements of a website, web designers use design applications such as Adobe Photoshop.
Always examine a client’s website objectives before moving on to an Information Architecture (IA) to establish a website’s information hierarchy and lead the design process. After that, web designers can begin building wireframes before moving on to the design step. Several basic design concepts can be used by web designers to create an aesthetically beautiful layout that simultaneously provides an exceptional user experience.
Principles of Design
Balance – The importance of creating a balanced layout for web designers cannot be overstated. Heavy (big and dark colours) and light (small and lighter colours) elements are used in web design. To get a balanced website design, the proportions of each must be used correctly.
Contrast – Contrasting colours are those on the colour wheel that are opposite one another (see also complementary colors). There are a few other places on the web where contrast can be used. To identify and bring attention to various portions of the website, designers use contrasting sizes, textures, and forms.
Emphasis – When we talked about contrast, we touched on this a little bit. Emphasis is a design strategy based on the deliberate “highlighting” of key components of a website’s layout. It’s worth noting that if you stress everything on the page, you’ll end up highlighting nothing. Consider a page in a book with 80% of the material marked in yellow… Is there anything that truly stands out? Now is the time to look at your Information Architecture for guidance.
Consistency – Consistency, sometimes known as repetition or rhythm, is an important web design principle. For example, visitors to your website will enjoy the optimal user experience if the navigation is clear and consistent.
Unity – The relationship between the various sections of the website layout and the overall composition is referred to as unity. Unity, which is based on Gestalt theory, is concerned with how the human brain visually organises information by categorising elements.
All of the code that makes a website work is governed by web development. It’s divided into two parts: front-end and back-end. The code that determines how the website will actually display the designs mocked up by a designer is known as the front-end or client-side of an application.
The back-end, also known as the server-side of an application, is in charge of managing data in the database and sending it to the front-end for display. As you might expect, the front-end developer’s work has the most overlap with that of the web designer. The following are some of the most frequent skills and tools associated with front-end developers:
- Preprocessors for CSS (i.e., LESS or Sass)
- Frameworks (i.e., AngularJS, ReactJS, Ember)
- Libraries are a great resource (i.e., jQuery)
- GitHub and Git
The blurring lines surrounding the terms “Web Design” and “Web Development” may confuse small and medium-sized businesses seeking for a website or a re-design of an existing website. Although some people are capable of doing both, many Web Design Services New York hire specialist designers to build the website layout before handing the design files over to a programmer to finish the development stage. Hopefully, this post can dispel the prevalent misunderstanding that design and development are synonymous.