What’s the difference between a graphic designer, website designer, and developer?
Once you’ve made the choice to hire a web designer, a quick Google search can quickly leave you confused. Why are you seeing different ads and websites for graphic designers, website designers, and website developers? What’s the difference?
Firstly, graphic designers focus on graphics, meaning that they deal in images only. This can be great if you need logos, icons, ads, and other images designed, but they won’t be able to design your entire website for you. They typically don’t have any knowledge of coding (a few do, but it is limited) and they won’t be able to provide a full layout. If you need an entire website designed or redesigned, a graphic designer likely isn’t the person for the job.
A website designer on the other hand, will have all the knowledge you need in order to get a real, tangible website. They will design the entire layout of the site, and can also create dynamic images and graphics should you need them. Website designers build and design websites and for the most part, they are all a business owner needs.
A web developer on the other hand, is great at coding; they live, breathe and sleep in code. They can create nearly any type of website you could possibly want, but they are not great at designing. Web developers will be able to find and fix bugs that are sometimes inherent with third-party add-ons and features, and they’ll be able to code a website from the ground up. When it comes to the layout and actual design of the website however, they won’t have as much experience as a web designer.
For most businesses, hiring a great web designer is all they need. But web developers can sometimes fill in the holes of what the designer can’t do, and designers have more experience than developers in many areas. For companies that are looking to build their own ‘web dream team,’ using a web developer and a web designer is usually their best bet.