I’ve encountered the question, “What’s the difference between a web designer and web developer?” several times. It is similar to the question, “What is the difference between web design and web development.” The web designer visualizes the appearance of the desired website. They consider the colors, fonts, choice of pictures, choice of animations to use etc. Generally, the web designer will be involved in anything that might affect the user’s experience. On the other hand, the developer will come in to implement the designs into code, making it actually function. Think of it like building a house, the architect draws the plan down to the smallest details while someone else gets down to building it.
Do I need both the web designer and web developer?
You might ask, “Why do I need both a web designer and developer?” In the internet’s early days, all you needed was a web developer. At that time, the ‘in-thing’ was being found on the internet regardless of how the website looked. However, these days its not that simple. Just having a website is no longer enough. It’s also about retaining your website visitors and making them return for future purchases or reads on your blog. Retaining a reader or a customer long enough for them to make a purchase on your e-commerce website goes down to how attractive the website is and how easy visitors can interact with your website. The latter is the web designers job.
Can one person do both web design and web development? Yes. Although, I should mention that most professionals specialize in one area. The reason for that is to prevent burn out. In any career, it is never advisable for one person to handle everything themselves.
What does Rigel Design Works do?
Our team has both web designers and web developers. We choose to use the word ‘Design’ in our name, Rigel Design Works, because you can only developing what you have designed. Feel free to talk to us about your ideas and start your project today!