Web Design vs Web Development | What’s best for you?

what’s the difference between a web designer and a web developer and which one would be a better fit for you lets figure it out what’s up everybody I’mJesse Showalter and today we’re gonna figure out those differences between a web designer and a web developer and it’s a great career to be kind pursuing but when you’re first starting out you kind of don’t know maybe where you fit and so there are some people who are kind of both and there is a lot of crossover between the two fields but want to talk specifically about the rules the tools and the expectations of

the two different kinds of fields and then which one is the best kind of fit for you let’s first start by kind of defining the two fields will start with web design I’m going to use a car analogy a web designer would be the person who kind of designs the aesthetics of the car what the car looks like what the car looks like on the exterior on the interior how it feels all of that stuff the experience the aesthetic that’s a web designer the web the developer would be responsible for all of that internal kind of components like the engine and the transmission and all the other parts of the car that you don’t even realize you’re using when you’re using it that’s the web

developer, it makes it function makes it
the move makes it go but just like an engine is useless without the car and the car itself is useless without the engine the two have to go together inevitably they’re gonna go together they’re either gonna be the same person a web designer and developer or they’re gonna be working in the same team and they’re gonna utilize each other’s strengths and skillsets to accomplish their goal I’m gonna first start by talking about design okay so a web design or design, in general, the tools of the trade for designers are going to be aesthetic tools like

Photoshop or sketch interface design tool user experience tools but these would be the tools that have the aesthetic of any sort of design whether that’s a print design web design product design whatever it is these are going to be the things that you can actually create things to look at okay so visual tools knowing how to use those tools and so it’s important that you know those tools it’s important that not only do you know the tools but you knowsome of the principles and the

foundations of design so we’re talking about color and space and line and form and all of those things this is the realm of a designer but yes also web designers now web designers don’t need to know how to code you can be I know
plenty of designers that are purely designers and they work at web agencies marketing agencies they do freelance and they themselves do not code okay but knowing what code is and how it kind of interacts will help you kind of better design for the medium does that make like like knowing what’s possible and04what’s not possible so knowing you don’t

have to code but knowing some ideas about code what’s possible what’s not possible what needs to be documented what needs to be explained that’s that the signs of a good web designer web developers and all developers work with code the web developers specifically, I would say spend the majority of their time working with what’s called client-side code okay so client-side languages like HTML CSS JavaScript and there’s even some

JavaScript frameworks like react or node backbone working with those three that’s the bread and butter of a web the developer now a developer in general earns and speaks coding languages so if you kind of drip into back-end development which a lot of web developers do they would speak more server-side languages like PHP or Ruby on all those different server-side kinds of technologies if you want to be a web developer specifically you probably need to know your HTML and

CSS and your JavaScript like that’s your bread and butter you need to know that and have that like Pat and you probably want to have a good idea or at least some experience with server-side languages like Ruby or PHP or whatever so that’s kind of the realm of a web developer you spend all of your time in a text editor in a code editor but that is the realm of a web developer is not visual it is taking the visual and making it functional

remember like engine and car ok let us talk day to day kind of like operations the designer is gonna spend a lot of time looking for inspiration making visual sense and trying to visually communicate the message of the brand or the company or the site itself they’re gonna spend the majority of their time doing visual things and that can be anything from wireframing to mood boarding to creating brands and logos and websites and animations and all that kind of stuff

you’re doing everything and anything that is visual for a web developer on their day they’re going to be spending time in code they’re gonna be receiving the visuals and the documentation from the web designer and they should be working in tandem they could be working closely not in a silobut closely with the designers to make sure that the functionality is everything that the site or the client

or the project demands but it’s also on par with the styles that the designer has handed over those deliverables that are handed over the need to be executed by the developer and so they’re gonna be spending the majority of their time in code creating branches in GitHub we’ll talk more about that in the different videos but basically creating and making the vehicle move per the restraints of the designer and the designer is designing

things/restraints of the client or the project so which one is the right field for you should you start pursuing design should you start pursuing development should you start pursuing both I’m going to give you a couple of opinions of mine on how to kind of decide where to go from here so which one is going to

be for you my opinion is this from stickit from somebody who’s done both and does both if you are a person who enjoys the visual aspects of things and just it’s not just making pretty things but if your somebody who likes to express your problem-solving through visual modes of solution like III thinks I could make sense of that using a color I feel like I could make sense of that

using typography and photography and all those things then design might actually, be more for you okay somebody who likes to make sense of problems that way if you are a person who likes to do puzzles face down if you’re a person who likes to analyze things and if you were the kid that liked to take your

remote-control car apart and see how it worked you might be the person who’s the developer just say maybe dabble try a little bit of both of them out and see which one suits you and then follow it and here’s I think the good news is none of this is final because these things are so closely related in the creative or tech kind of world you have the ability to change your mind you have the ability to kind of flex and

decide where you want to be where you want your kind of space to be I started out doing thinking I want to do nothing but print design and package design and I realized very quickly I hated math and I moved over to digital design and now I Ido primarily interface design experience design and front-end development and that’s what I really really love to do

but it took me some years to figure it out so I hope this video has really helped in some way for those of you that are just starting out trying to figure out which one would be for you I think both of them are awesome careers and we’re really really excited for you to

start down one of these paths both those of both of these paths whatever it is that kind of floats your boat and suits you I just hope whether you godown the path of the design or down the path of like development

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