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Web Developer vs. Web Designer

When people ask me what I would like to do with my graphic design degree after I graduate, I’m always stuck in a limbo. I know I want to be involved with web development and design, but I’m never too sure as to what they are exactly, and or how they differ.

A person who refers to himself or herself as a web designer, usually have a broad set of skills mainly focused on the visual aspect. They are involved with designing what they call the “front end” part of the website. They mainly are concerned with how the website looks and how customers interact with it.

Web developers on the other hand, take those visual creations from the web designer and code it through several softwares. They will use HTML, CSS and JavaScript to create the structure and dictate visual styles and layouts.

A developer can be a designer and a designer can also be a developer.




  1. karguet3 wrote:

    Asking what we want to do with our degree is always the worst. I always said I wanted to go into marketing or advertising because I didn’t realize how many different aspects of design there were. After taking intro to web design this semester has really peaked my interest, but who knows where the wind will take you.

    Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11:40 am | Permalink
  2. jkohorst wrote:

    I can totally relate to this. I came in to the graphic design program as a computer science major and always thought that I would go into web since it seemed like a natural compromise between the two. I think your point of a developer and designer being one in the same is important to note. Having some skills that span both titles would make for one great designer/developer.

    Friday, April 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Permalink