Graphic Designer, Web Developer Or Web Designer?

The Web Design industry is extremely competitive and I often come across individuals from a multitude of backgrounds who are making an living out of the industry as Freelancers. For those that are looking to get their project started, finding an individual that promises good results at a good price is what really matters. Or does it?

When choosing a Freelancer, you should look closely at their skill set and match this to your web project. In order to do this, you need to understand the differences between the types of Freelancers and the results that their skill sets produce.

In an ideal world, the fee’s for using an agency wouldn’t be quite as daunting an expensive as they are and all projects would use all the skill sets mentioned during a web build. Let us take a look at the different skills and what you can expect to get in return.

The Graphic Designer
Graphic designers produce and communicate their clients’ messages with high visual impact. Graphic design solutions are required for a huge variety of products and activities, such as websites, advertising, books, magazines, posters, computer games, product packaging, exhibitions and displays, corporate communications and corporate identity.

The Result
As you would expect you will end up with a visually stunning website for all to admire. However, As your website is Graphically intensive the pages may take a long time to load. The code used by the Graphic Designer will probably not be valid and could result in your website being misread by the Search Engines and the Website Architecture most probably won’t allow for future development and growth of the website. A Graphic Designer is suited to projects of a presentational or marketing nature, where a product or service is required to look appealing in order to sell it to viewers.

The Web Developer
A web developer is a person or team of people who are specifically engaged in the development of World Wide Web applications, or distributed network applications that are run over HTTP from a web server to a web browser.

The Result
A perfectly functional website allowing for ease of update by you and coded with an emphasis on speed and validation. However, the graphical elements of the website will often leave a lot to be desired and the web page layout will often be dictated by rules rather than by user enjoyment and engagement. A Web Developer is suited to projects where you would like to extend the current functionally of the website For instance, maybe you want to make the website available on your customers mobile phones.

The Web Designer
Web design is a mixture of Graphic Design and Web Development. The styling and development of objects occurring within the Internets information environment. The aim is to provide high-end consumer features and aesthetic qualities.

The Result
A good Web Designer considers all things from the users perspective. They are not experts at Web Development but have the ability to produce websites with valid system Architecture. They will also not produce stunning high resolution graphics as they understand the trade-off between the quality of image needed and the optimisation needed to deliver content to your customers rapidly. In essence a web designer is an all-rounder and often the best choice for most web design projects.

With all things consider it is the type of project that you require completed and the customer base you attract that should dictate your choice of Freelancer in the end.

Useful Web Development Tools

Today, it is no secret that web development has become quite a popular thing to do for technology experts and followers. Their task becomes easier with the proliferation of different web development tools.

The following are only some of the best examples of tools for web development:

* Blueprint: This tool is a CSS framework that helps minimize the number of CSS code that you will need to write. This is done by incorporating styles that are commonly-used by developers, like page layouts.

* A graphical user interface known as CSS Grid Builder is a Yahoo-made CSS framework that offers page layout combinations totaling to around 1,000. The CSS Grid Builder makes a web developer’s work simpler because it is able to generate CSS-based layouts in an instant. Web developers get the HTML by just pressing a code.

* The JavaScript Code Improver is a very simple application that allows web developers to format his JavaScript in the fastest way possible. It formats JavaScript in such a way that makes it easier to read and understand.

* Firefox is not far behind as it has a Web Developer extension that is both useful and extremely time saving. Several of the things that a Firefox Web Developer extension can do include identifying CSS/JavaScript errors, validating XHTML, and helping visualize the structure of a web page.

* Containing a vast collection of web design patterns, the Yahoo Design Pattern Library helps web developers come up with sophisticated design solutions that makes work easier and faster. Examples of what a web developer can find in a Yahoo Design Pattern Library include drag and drop solutions and breadcrumb navigation.

* The Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar is the best option for web developers who want to have an add-on that is both useful and accessible.

* A tool that can be used for multi-purpose testing is known as Test Everything. Aside from helping web developers validate page rank, Test Everything also helps save time and speed up the development process by allowing web developers to test their design in a variety of browsers, as well as confirm XHTML web standards. Basically, Test Everything is a multi-tasking tool.

* Other examples of equally useful and efficient web development tools include 1 Cool Button Tool, WebPainter 1.0, Beatnik, the project-based PowerWeb 98, Flypage Content Editor, and InstantOnline.

There are countless other web development tools available for developers who want to come up with highly efficient and attractive web sites. The best thing to do to make sure that one chooses the right tools is to know, first and foremost, what type of page or site one really wants to create.

Importance of Content Designing in Web Development

Web application development is a broad term used to describe activities that go in website design for intranet. There is a common misconception that website development means development of website which is exclusive of any designing aspects. Website design is the most important aspect of development. The whole process of web development is ruled by design and content. The other most commonly over looked area is web content and development.

Content designing is a very important feature of any web. Many of the webmasters were slow to realize that content decides the future of their online existence. Content is the king of the internet jargon. Content designing is one of the most underestimated areas in the web development. Content designers are the people with specialized skills who work hand in hand with the programmers to develop a website. Content designers are differentiated depending on the content format which they are developing for e.g.: Content designer working with the graphical content is called graphical designer. The term content designer is mostly associated with the writer who designs contextual content for the websites.

Quality content decides the success of the web page or web application. The quality content is essential for the success of a website. The success of any application development is attributed to the precise positioning of the content. A website design can be termed as successful only if its contents are easier to find and guides the customer to its focused goal. A through understanding of elements involved in specific area can generate ideas during the initial stages of web development. These ideas develop into powerful advertising gimmicks which arrest the attention of the visitor. The powerful content always has the capability to retain the visitor whereas other contents are just used for supporting the website. The content development process should be well defined with arrangement of content. Content designers should outline the ways to update the content from time to time in order to make it interesting and appealing.

3 points that content designer should keep in mind during content designing for the web development project

1. Content designer should understand the relevancy of content in particular website. Many times the contents are created just to creep into search engines or just to grab the visitor’s attention whereas they don’t deliver any particular advantage.

2. Easier Navigation: Be it hard coded programming scripts during website development navigation is the most important thing. Write the things that can be easily found and easily understood. Most of the users will reach out to you through internet or customized web application. So write the text that can be easily found. Content should have clarity, persuasiveness and logic.

3. The more value your content offers to the visitor more they will stay on your web page. Adding value content to your website application is important to retain the customer.

Next time when you are outlining your website development strategy, put content designing on a high pedestal and decide the most important goal of your content.