In building websites for around 20 years, one of the most popular questions I receive is, “Are you a web developer or a web designer?” My answer lies somewhere in-between… With a far stronger emphasis on the Designer side, I am a “hybrid designer”!
Is it possible to be both? It is not so common. Most tend to favor one or the other. The fact remains… to build a website, you need a certain degree of proficiency in both design and development. I happen to be the type of person who actively switches between left and right brain activities. I love to get my creative design on… and I love to geek out reengineering code (although I would not consider myself a dedicated “Developer” or “Coder” per se).
Web design involves:
- Creating the look and feel of the website (the front end)
- Designing a creative solution to meet the client’s requirements
- Focusing on the end user’s experience
- Using design software like Photoshop or Illustrator
Web development involves:
- Adding complex functionality to the website (the back end)
- Creating user interactivity features
- Acute attention to detail
- Using programming languages like Java, PHP, etc.
- Using development tools like Visual Studio, Smultron, etc.
I do not claim to be a 100% proficient developer or designer… but I have dabbled in both enough over the last 20 years or so to have half a clue what I am doing. Whatever I can’t do, I quickly learn how to do it! 🙂