Web Design vs Web Development | What’s right for you?

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If you are thinking of pursuing a career as a web designer or web developer then this video is for you. It can be hard to know where to start and which road is the right one for you to travel down. Although there are some inherent similarities between the two roles they are very different in nature. One is focused on aesthetics and usability, the other is focused on code and functionality.

To help clear things up a bit, in this video I’m going to cover the roles, tools, and expectations of day to day life for both jobs. At the end, I share a few opinions on which is right for you to pursue.


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French Mike says:

to learn web development online starting as a beginner, I see so many websites, but which ones are serious and recommended by you?

Trinitrophenylnitramine says:

The Web design curriculum in laurus college requires students to know html, css, PHP, WordPress, bootstrap http://www.lauruscollege.edu/programs/occupational-associate-degrees/web-design/

Tahsin Sabid says:

May you even don't know. How much you helped people making this kinds of awesome video

Raajeev Bardhaan says:

I really loved watching your video, you explained the things very well. Can you talk about the salary aspects of Designer & Developer

Jay McD says:

This has been a frustrating issue for me and has left me sitting on the fence. I'm naturally an artistic and visual guy and went to college to be a graphic designer which wasn't a great experience in all honesty, the college weren't equipped to teach anything web wise, they really were behind the times and the course suffered I've tried over the past year or two learning HTML, CSS and JS but I find the rapid pace of the web industry exhausting to keep up with.

As soon as I got my head around building sites with these fundamentals SASS came along then flexbox now its CSS grid. I've found myself spending hours each week reading this article and that blog, do this don't do that, follow this follow that, read the and do the latest such and such, you should learn Word Press because of a, b and c. You should learn the BEM method, have you heard of the Atom and modular method, yes you should be using that too….frankly its exhausting.

It feels there's very little leeway for newbs to get a foot on the ladder, as I've learned that designers are expected to know a substantial level of development from some employers before you even get the job!. How much should I know of development or how little, it makes you want to keep preparing , learning and practicing while time is ticking by and you never feel prepared enough to take the plunge and go for the job.

I've decided I need to start reaching out for more educated opinions and feedback at this stage otherwise I'll never get started… PLEASE HELP!! : ( . cheers

Ishaq Niloy says:

Thanks. It cleared my concepts.

Min S says:

Hey there! I wanna do UI / UX and front end as well! What should I be focusing on to learn in my free time, I’m in college rn, in a coding-related degree program but not purely focusing on the areas I’m interested in

Love My Planet! says:

I do web design, I'm not too good with the developing part because my dyslexia really makes it difficult. But my business is growing and I'm going to need a web developer.

YumYum Kitty says:

Do you think it’s possible I can do web development/design f/t from home?

I’m an introvert and don’t hate people, but I don’t like office politics, clicks, favoritism, gossip, having to talk all the time, etc.

Brandon Laufer says:

Great video!

Aqib warsi says:

I am Creative as well as curious…. And I've decided to become an ultimate web designer and developer.

Zack Fair says:

Great video! I just gave this video a bump in a college class I'm teaching, a student asked what the difference between web design and web developer was.

Shane Harris says:

Thanks for the information on both and the analogy with the car and the engine. Really love it. Question for you. I'm looking to dabble into web design but can't afford something like Photoshop. Is there some other alternative to Photoshop that might help me when starting out with designing websites? I'm completely new to all of this and I'm currently taking a course in school learning HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. So I kind of want to touch some design to see if it's something that I would like. I feel like I would like to dive into both and would appreciate any feedback from you!! Thanks again!!

KomsKala Kangeman says:

good information……………

PhillipDemonic says:

Thank you guess I am a Web Developer. Excellent introduction.

mohammed mohsen says:

Im doing both and it's very fine for me

Grant Knott says:

Hey Jesse, great video. I found it really informative and you can obviously tell you're really passionate about what you do. Love your energy as well. Keep up the good work

Gerald Gentiles says:

I'd like to be both because as Emmet says Everything Is Awesome! 🙂

Iconis Agency says:

Good points Jesse. Love the way you separate the two divisions.

Leonardi Caraballo says:

Long story short: do both!

Because every job offer requests designers to code……………and developers to know design

Mercy Hesed says:

THANK YOU for this video! Any advice or video on Mac vs PC for Web for future would be Developers?

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