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Web developer vs. Web designer

Web designer vs. web developer

As purists would have you believe, web designs and web developers are NOT the same. So one is a designer and the other a programmer? Yes, and there is more. But first, a cool infograph to brighten your day.

Web developer vs. web designer - tongue-in-cheek comparison infographic
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On a serious note, in addition to the commonality of being afraid of women, I believe that both web developer and web designer should be well-versed with HTML (xHTML, if you like), CSS and Web Usability. A decent knowhow of Search Engine Optimization is always a plus.

What should a web developer know?

  • Client-side language: Typically, JavaScript because the others are kind of dead and seldom used.
  • Server-side language / technology: Take your pick from PHP, Perl, Ruby, Python, ASP, Coldfusion, ASP, .NET etc.
  • Database: A good working knowledge of SQL is very important. Basic SQL commands work on all common databases like MySQL, MsSQL, Oracle etc.
  • XML
  • AJAX
  • Flash development (ActionScript): This is actually optional.

What a web designer should know?

  • Photoshop: The industry standard image manipulation program.
  • Web accessibility and Web standards
  • Color theory
  • Typography
  • Adobe Illustrator or an equivalent vector graphics editor
  • Flash: for basic animations


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  • Maneesh on January 18th, 2011 4:47 pm

    Very good and informative

  • Matt Magi on January 24th, 2011 11:35 pm

    haha, great poster got a laugh from it, so true. thanks for the share

    – from a web designer

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