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What’s webdesign for you?

  • # May 24, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Hello fellow coders and web designers.
    I understand that there are a lot of professional webdesigners on this forum. I want to know what is web designing for you?

    # May 24, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Someone who designs the look and feel of a website. I don’t understand how there can be web designers who aren’t web developers. I would think that if you know either one, you must know the other.

    # May 24, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I agree with @Jarolin on the point that, there’s no reason why a web designer shouldn’t know the basics of HTML and CSS. It’s important when considering what to implement.

    Now, I disagree with @Jarolin that all web design is, is designing the “look and feel” of a website. That’s a very small part of what a web designer does and probably goes without saying.

    A web designer is a creator to solving problems in a way to supply the user with clear information. There’s research that goes into this. A web designer is not someone who sits in Photoshop all day. There’s real problem solving that is involved.

    # May 24, 2013 at 8:53 am

    > Someone who designs the look and feel of a website.

    I agree with this part but not the other. Developing, to me, is programming. A lot of web designers know JS, maybe some PHP, MySQL and stuff. But there are developers who never need to design anything, and just program in back-end languages some designers might even never have heard of like JavaEE or Scala.

    So most designers are part developer, but not the other way around.

    # May 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

    > A web designer is a creator to solving problems in a way to supply the user with clear information. There’s research that goes into this. A web designer is not someone who sits in Photoshop all day. There’s real problem solving that is involved.

    You could argue that those problems are solved by the look and feel.

    # May 24, 2013 at 9:07 am

    > You could argue that those problems are solved by the look and feel. – @CrocoDillon

    Can any of you express what “look” and “feel” represents?

    # May 24, 2013 at 9:20 am

    A whole bunch of stuff! =)

    Things I’d say are included (not a comprehensive list):

    * Colour scheme
    * Typography
    * Branding (partly the two above)
    * Photos/graphics/icons
    * Ambiance/Mood: individual elements, overreaching design element (for instance box-shadows, rounded corners, gradients, lack-thereof, etc)
    * Specification about what happens when the user interacts with various elements

    # May 24, 2013 at 9:27 am

    > Can any of you express what “look” and “feel” represents?

    I can’t speak for Jarolin but I was under the impression that he meant interactivity by ‘feel’.

    # May 24, 2013 at 9:40 am

    A whole bunch of stuff! =)

    Things I’d say are included (not a comprehensive list):

    • Colour scheme
    • Typography
    • Branding (partly the two above)
    • Photos/graphics/icons
    • Ambiance/Mood: individual elements, overreaching design element (for instance box-shadows, rounded corners, gradients, lack-thereof, etc)
    • Specification about what happens when the user interacts with various elements

    Those are all decisions that should be based on research. Which brings me back to my initial response that those are all very small parts to being a Web Designer.

    # May 24, 2013 at 10:26 am

    “Webdesign” for me is the combination and interaction of the programming and creative teams, both side design for the web and by working together can produce an experience that is new and possibly ground breaking.

    # May 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

    A good Web design according to me is like a design so simple and pure that the user never notices it while working, and could find whatever he/she needs in an instant.

    and any web designer who is able to create such a design is a hats off designer.

    But that’s just me.

    # May 24, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    @chrisburton Since this is in text, it’s occasionally hard to know people’s tone, so I’ll preface it with saying that I see this as “discussion” rather than “argument”.

    I’m curious to know what kind of title you’d give to the designer in my team? Basically, he has most of the contact with the client, and creates mockups (approved by the client) in PS, which are then handed over to me. I do all the implementions, from HTML/CSS to JS/PHP.

    # May 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    @Melindrea

    > Since this is in text, it’s occasionally hard to know people’s tone, so I’ll preface it with saying that I see this as “discussion” rather than “argument”.

    I’m not understanding where you’re coming from or trying to say here? There is nothing wrong with a healthy debate (I don’t consider this an argument).

    > I’m curious to know what kind of title you’d give to the designer in my team? Basically[…]

    Basically? You mean, that’s all he does? No research? I think the “title” question is irrelevant as you should be asking, “what could he be doing wrong?”.

    # May 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I just wanted to ensure that neither of us saw it as an argument =)

    Well, depends on what kind of research you mean, I think. He has the contact with the client, so goes through their brand and such, but I don’t think he does any formal, so to speak, research.

    # May 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    So if the client has an existing website where you’re redesigning it, there’s no research of the analytical data? There’s no research about the target audience?

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