Would You Rather Be A Web Developer Or Designer?
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In the world of building websites, there are two main groups of professionals: web designers and web developers How To Tell If Someone Is a Good Web Developer For Your Project How To Tell If Someone Is a Good Web Developer For Your Project Picking someone to build a website for you is not an easy task. Even if you are not building the next Gmail, you should be doing things right the first time. But picking a good... Read More . Do you need one or the other, or both? Not every web developer has the creativity to come up with eye-popping designs, and not every web designer have the development skills to execute their ideas. What do developers and designers do, exactly. What sets them apart? How do you decide if you want to be a designer or developer?

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Would You Rather Be A Web Developer Or Designer? designer vs developer

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  1. Deezy
    August 19, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Not always a personal choice! I can teach almost anyone intelligent person with decent math skills and logic skills to code. I can't teach just *anyone* to be a good designer, sometimes you just either have it or you don't.

  2. Macdoc
    August 18, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    @dragonmouth makes a good point by saying HR wonks created this whole mess. I believe most companies are losing sight of the core roles employees play in making a website come into fruition.

    It could be either the sheer ignorance of companies making a designer do front-end stuff and making developers code/maintenance/ back end, because they think it's expected, or just generalizing it as a "title" to squeeze as much labor tasks out of these poor fools to get away with spending less on employees.

    Whatever the case, sure, this info-graphic is severely generalized, to the point that it's ruffled some feathers, but perhaps not every one is really going to care unless you're actually in the trade.

  3. dragonmouth
    August 18, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    The same discussion was had by all over "software developer" and "software designer." The definitions were invented by HR wonks to blur the demarcation lines between the two jobs. Responsibilities of each job overlap and are defined by the employer. In some companies you are one while in other companies you are the other. In both companies you are performing the same job and have the same responsibilities but a different title. It was so much simple when the two positions were called "system analyst" and "programmer." Then you knew who was what and what their respnsibilities were.

  4. Burt Wonderman
    August 17, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Well, this is very general. I would not get very worked up about it BUT I think this shows how much misconception there is about many jobs. Where I live, there are constant job ads for a web designer and the requirements are web design, SEO, programming and graphic design. It is actually 4 jobs and they throw in the kitchen sink while paying a middle rate salary. It has to stop - most of these companies don't even know what they need and the employers have to stop with ADHD job functions. It's killing the rate of pay and lowering salaries to the lowest common denominator.

  5. Jo-anne P
    August 17, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    If there ever was a conversation to stay out of this is it.

  6. Patrick
    August 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I'm just going to jump in here and stand up for the designers: I'm a designer, and I know what a database is AND how to design a schema for it.

    • Stephen Nutbrown
      August 17, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      This is the biggest load of tut I have ever seen. So... does the designer make the database schema using photoshop or illustrator? Daily maintenance - of what?

    • Jo-anne P
      August 17, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      lol as am I but these ppl scare me lol

    • Matt
      August 17, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Patrick - if that's true, you need to ask for a raise.

      Don't feel like you need to take it personally. No one is attacking web designers. What we're calling into question are the responsibilities of the position as they're listed in this article. "Database design" is not within any reasonable job description for "web designer", whether you are capable of it or not. Frankly, if you're a web designer, and you're doing data design as part of that job, then you're (likely) being taken advantage of.

  7. Tom W
    August 17, 2014 at 10:08 am

    This infographic was created by "1st Web Designer", which explains why the content is so skewed in their favour. Having worked as a web developer, I can tell you that no designer I've ever met has the faintest clue what a database is, let alone how to design a schema for it. I've even met some web designers who would consistently forget that pages need to have a logical navigation between them, that images on websites take actual time to load (especially when you design high-res photos as page backgrounds), and that the user will occasionally need to interact with the site. Hurray for print designers turned web designers.

    • Dainis Graveris
      August 18, 2014 at 12:08 am

      Hello Tom, I am founder of 1st Web Designer and we don't skew content to anybody's favour and I apologise if generalisations on infographic seem controversial. It's our mistake for not making roles even clearer.

      This article is really generalisation and doesn't talk in detail what designer or developer does. In my company it means - graphic designer - just does all the graphics, css, styling part. Developer codes stuff. That's even bigger simplification, but that's what it means.

      But I am definitely not jumping in discussion about developer vs designer. It's kinda like trying to agree on Mac vs Windows.

    • Tom W
      August 18, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      I can understand if you didn't mean to skew the perception, but there are certain words used that makes it sound that way. For instance:
      * Calling designers "optimistic" makes it sound like developers are naturally pessimistic.
      * Having two "maintenance" jobs as the major focus of the developer roles.
      * The use of the developer's tablet to "play games". I admit that I read this one as just a bit of fun, but the lack of something similar in the designer section infers that developers don't work as hard as designers.

      Forgive me if I'm reading too much into this, but certain parts of the infographic remind me very much of certain designers that I've worked with. The ones who have no idea what developers do, or how they do it.

    • Ray John
      August 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Understanding and perceiving are two different things.
      Everybody is entitled to their own opinion but I just want to point out that it wasn't stated on the infograhics that "developers are naturally pessimistic".
      (You can even see that the developer guy on the infographics is smiling :D )

      Making generalizations based on personal experience without even considering to double check on some relevant data would tend to make us create assumptions.

      That's why infographics have their sources to cite, where they got their data from, and not just make generalizations from personal experiences or personal opinions.

      Cheers mate! :)

    • Erl
      August 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      I'm a DEVELOPER working on a massively scalable soft real-time system with requirements on high availability. I'm at the top you can imagine, both on programming skills and income.

      I believe being an web designer is an easy job. I also believe the career opportunities for web designers are very narrow. Being an web designer, the best you can dream is to design some famous application GUI and nobody will give **** about who designed it. You can also be a freelancer with a average income or a minor part of a bigger web design team. And this is the end of your career my web designer friend.

      As a DEVELOPER you can be the one behind the next big thing. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many others where DEVELOPERS not designers. You can work for Google. Or you can build the next version of Facebook. Or you can build dream software for NASA or NSA. Your career only depends on your imagination, education and skills.

      I see no choice between a shi*** job and a much better one. Period.

    • Tom W
      August 24, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Erl, please write your own comment next time, rather than replying to mine. My comment wasn't saying that being a designer was easy, but that being a developer was mis-represented in the infographic.

      By the way, Steve Jobs was primarily a designer, not a developer. People buy iPhones and other Apple products because of the aesthetic and the ease of using the UI, which is down to the design. In the same vein, Google gained fame and popularity largely due to the simple, easy to use, and uncluttered UI. Designers and developers both have a very distinct and import job to do. I've encountered bad developers and bad designers who are bad simply because they don't recognise the importance of the other or they don't understand the boundaries between the two roles.

  8. James Bruce
    August 17, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I think it might be best to avoid "1stWebDesigner" for any web tasks then, since they clearly don't have the slightest clue what a developer is, and designers certainly don't plan relational databases. Lol.

  9. Matt
    August 17, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Do you actually know anything about these two roles? I've been a web developer for a decade. I've never met a web designer that even knew what a "schema" was, let alone took any part in data design.

    Also, two out of the three items listed for web developer are "maintenance". Maintenance is typically performed by a webmaster. There are so many other more crucial functions that a web developer performs than maintenance. There really should be three positions here: web designer, front-end developer, and web developer.

    A web designer is focused on the design of the site, including the layout, and is typically a leader in the UI/UX of a site. A front-end developer takes point in crafting HTML/CSS code that turns those designs and the experience created by the designers into usable frontend code. A web developer is typically more focused in data design and functionality.

    As it is, this article just lends to the general confusion about what these different roles do. I really resent that two of the three "highlights" of web developers are maintenance tasks.

    • Dawn
      August 17, 2014 at 7:20 am

      I agree. This looks like a definition too narrowly applied. The author or whoever made the artwork created a definition of his own. Wikipedia would be a better source. Great title though.