Design vs. Development

What is the difference between web design and web development? I remember in my early stages of learning web development, that I found myself confused multiple times about the differences between design and development.

  • What are the roles of a web designer?
  • What is involved in working with web design?
  • Are web design and web development the same?
  • Are they interchangeable terms with the same meaning?

The simple answer would be no. The role of each is completely different from the other. 

These are some of the main roles of a web designer:

  • Using software tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Framer, or Sketch to build the final layout design of the website
  • Have good skills in graphic design and logo design
  • Have a good feel for user experience, to identify the simplest approach possible to attain the desired function. This includes the layout, buttons, images and the general format of the website.
  • Web designers need to keep themselves up to date with the latest design trends. It’s also important to keep design consistency that is made popular from other web giant companies, such as Google, and Facebook. This makes the website environment and interface easier to navigate and use, as it is already familiar to the users eyes.
  • Web designers have to also keep in mind the branding of the website, color palettes to be used, and the typography and readability of the website.

Here’s the role of a web developer:

  • Creating and configuration of the features you need to go into your website that makes it function (such as plugins that create payment processors, email list, tracking orders, etc.)

I hope you now have a clearer understanding of the difference between the roles of web developers and web designers. Keep in mind that both have essential roles, and the web would not exist without one or the other.


So if you need design you will also need development. Not just one.

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