web design and web development work hand-in-hand in creating websites – here showing the difference between the two roles.
The terms ‘web design’ and ‘web development’ are sometimes used interchangeably but they have separate roles with distinct responsibilities. With smaller design studios or companies, there may be some overlap. Design involves the overall layout, look and feel for websites (front end) and development oversees the site’s functionality (back end). Here’s an overview of both roles to help you decide what you will need for your website project.
What does a web designer do?
As aforementioned, a web designer looks after the front end of a website which may include wireframes and usability design, motion and interaction design, graphic and user interface design, animation (Flash and HTML5), video, sound etc. A web designer’s role is also to look after the usability of a website – their role is focused on how a site looks and how well customers interact with it based on the principles of best practice design.
What does a web developer do?
A web developer’s role may involve web programming, database design, and information architecting and development environment design. This area of the site isn’t seen by visitors, but it is the technical ‘bones’ of the site required to present the right information in the correct format to visitors to the site. Web development is used to describe any database-driven web designs using dynamic scripting languages such as CSS, HTML, PHP, ASP and ASP.NET.
A web designer and a web developer may perceive a project from two different perspectives but they need to work together to create websites that are a celebration of form and function. It is helpful if each department has an understanding of each other’s role – developers want a website to work right, designers want it to look right. At Web Design Works, we are a full-service web design and web development agency – contact us today.