What Is The Difference Between Web Development And Web Design?

Anyone who has a computer and browses the internet will be familiar with the term ‘website’ and what it means, but many of these people are unfamiliar with the process of bringing these sites to life. It actually involves two different processes that must work hand-in-hand in order to create the websites that we know and love today. These processes are known as web development and web design. But what are the differences between these two processes?

General

Many people wrongly assume that web development and web design are referring to the same thing but, by removing the word ‘web’, you can begin to see how these two areas differ.

  • Web development involves the creation of the code that generates the websites that we see in our browsers. It also involves the creation of the interactive parts of the site, such as links to other pages, contact forms and pop ups.
  • Design involves the visuals of the website. This includes the graphics (colour, logos, images, font, and so on) and the layout (navigation, headers, footers, and so on).

Experience

There are even more factors that set web development and design apart, one of which is the experience and skills and required to complete each of these processes. Often, people working in both areas will complete tertiary education, but they study very different things.

  • Web developers will study how to read and write code in a variety of languages (no, not in French or Spanish, this refers to HTML, CSS, JavaScript and so on). They will also learn programming skills and how to use a number of different softwares.
  • Web designers will hone their artistic and creative skills, as well as learning how to use the various tools and software that is used to create websites (such as Photoshop). They may also learn some basic coding.

As you can see, both web development and web design focus on very different areas of creating a website, but people skilled in both areas are needed if the site is to ever go live. Because of the level of skill required to write and read code, development is often viewed as being the more difficult of the two areas, but this is more a matter of opinion than anything. The next time you hear someone saying that web development and design are the same thing, you will be able to easily explain the difference.

Why the World Still Needs Designers

25 years ago, the emergence of the personal computer changed the way we worked. All of a sudden, anyone with a desktop computer could not only write letters and crunch numbers, but they were able to produce newsletters, brochures, fliers and more. This empowered the vice president of sales, the secretary, the mailroom guy, or anyone for that matter to automatically become a “graphic designer.” And, as you can imagine, there was some pretty poor designing going on in the world.

Today, with more sophisticated and intuitive software available, many companies produce their own in-house collateral and marketing materials. Many have their own in-house graphics department. And it has gotten better. The newer software offers a wide array of support and templates that keep the “designer” from making typical errors (other than typos) which we now have spell check for.

Still, unless you have some formal training or a “natural” eye for design, the piece you want to produce could look unprofessional or worse, run of the mill. Fortunately, there is a solution – professional designers. To really appreciate this statement, try this test – take a known professionally designed piece and set it side by side with something similar in nature that was produced in-house by a non-designer. Can you see the difference? The type treatment, colors seem to ‘work’ together, it appears balanced and interesting, you are drawn to it… you get the idea.

Good design is more than just a computer and a person to operate it. It’s about good typography, good selection of images, good color palette, and of course good visual communication. Professional training in the graphics arts sets apart individuals that use design to express ideas, communicate effectively, and influence others.

Take for example a simple flier. Would you tend to believe or be influenced by a design that use Times Roman type for the headline, underscores and about 13 different colors? Or would you be drawn to a flier that used an interesting headline type that makes a bold statement, used professionally produced imagery to convey the message and a limited palette of colors that actually complement one another? Mmmm, not such a tough choice is it?

My point is this, good designers know how to put elements like type, images and colors together that intrigue the viewer and communicates a message to stimulate a reaction. Now I’m not saying that your secretary can’t do this either. I don’t actually know your secretary or her background. What I am saying is, that when you hire a graphic designer, they apply their abilities of good visual interpretation and creativity to provide a very appealing piece – be it something printed or on the web.

Designers think differently. We tend to think in pictures. Now, I know you are thinking, “well I’m not a designer and I think in pictures”. This may be true, humans do have a natural ability to think ‘visually’. However, it’s the interpretation that sets the designer apart from the rest. We see conversion of lines, the weight of the type, the crop of an image to better set the stage and the balance between positive and negative space. And we do this automatically. We can’t help it… we’re just wired that way.

So why would you not employ a graphic designer? In all the years in the business, I’ve heard a lot of reasons: we have a tight budget, we don’t need it that slick, it would take too long to tell someone what I want, I’ll just do it myself…. and on and on. But in the end, unless you have formal training in the arts, you are hurting yourself and your company’s image. And, when you boil it all down, that’s what it’s all about… IMAGE.

We all know that when we go on a job interview, if we really want that job, we need to project a GOOD image. Put our best effort into it. It’s the same with the materials that your company generates day-in and day-out. If your materials are so-so, your image will look so-so. But, if your company’s collateral material and online presence appears professional, guess what, your company looks professional.

So why does the world really need designers? Because we tend to be more interested in something when it looks and feels credible. That’s human nature. We want and desire to feel important and we want to be convinced that who we are dealing with ‘know’ what they are doing. The world still needs designers to convey the message. Convey it quickly. Convey it visually. And convey it convincingly. That’s what we do. That’s why we exist. We get off on the idea that we can make a difference. And deep down, our creativity won’t let us off the hook until we do.

The next time you hear yourself saying “we can handle that in-house”, stop and think about what you are actually saying. And ask yourself “Is this the image I want to portray to my customers?”

Inexpensive Modular Kitchen Designs

Today, every smart homeowner wants a modular kitchen in his or her house. This kitchen design has become a trademark of most modern households irrespective of the income. The simplicity and flexibility afforded by modular kitchen designs and the ample storage options that come with them have made them extremely popular. This kitchen design not only looks elegant but also adds to the convenience and experience of cooking. Opting for a kitchen interior design is also a smart decision budget wise, as these kitchens cost much less that built-in counterparts and come with a relatively low installation cost as well. Thus, if you want a stylish kitchen in your home, modular design is the way to go.

The Cost Advantage

You can chose from a wide variety of modular designs for your kitchen based on the configuration you like and the size that you want. These cost a fraction of custom-built kitchens and last long. Moreover, you can select modules in different shapes and sizes and consequently utilize your kitchen space to the maximum. This is the most pocket-friendly way of giving your kitchen a quick makeover. Yet another benefit of modular kitchens is that they are virtually maintenance free and do not require a lot of time and energy to keep them neat and clean. With increasing number of homeowners concentrating on their kitchens when it comes to home renovations, kitchen design is going from strength to strength.

A Modular Kitchen Design for Every Requirement and Budget

Whether you want an opulent kitchen set or a modest one, you can find it all in the market. With competition picking up in this sector, you should look for profitable deals available in the market. Price offs, heavy discounts, extended warranties, and various after sale services have become a norm in the market. In order to get the best bargain, you should browse through the catalogue of various sellers and compare their prices and offers to make an informed buying decision. Apart from the price of the unit, you should concentrate on its design and features as well to ensure that it meets your specific needs and requirements.

Some Other Advantages of Modular Kitchen Designs

Apart from the cost advantage mentioned above, a modular kitchen interior design has several other benefits as well. For instance, it is easy to clean and maintain as well as compact, durable, and reliable. In addition to that, these kitchen units can be repaired easily and that too at minimal cost. Moreover, they are a fashionable way of having a clutter free cooking space where you can work with ease. Finally, these units are easy to install and dismantle and can be shifted from one home to another with ease.