Web Designer vs Front-end

What does a Web Designer and Front-End do? What are the differences and similarities?

Web designer vs Front-end

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Web designer vs Front-end? What does a Web Designer and Front-End do? What are the differences and similarities?

This doubt is very recurrent for beginners and many end up confusing each area and what each professional does. That's why I recorded a video (at the end of this article) on the subject. But before you~e watch the video (do not you or not leave this article without seeing our video, saw!) I will explain right here in this article with details about each topic.

Here we go?

What does a Web Designer do?

What does a Web Designer do?

Succinctly, a Web Designer is a professional who performs web design. So to better understand your role we have to know the concept of web design. See below:

"Web design is an area that executes processes that involve planning, creating, and maintaining interfaces for websites, web applications, and digital interfaces in general, taking into account information architecture, navigation, usability, and other aspects that should involve design fundamentals."

Soon a Web Designer plans, creates and maintains digital interfaces for web considering important aspects of Design.

Do you need to be a Designer to work with Web Design?

If you form a Designer will be a differential for those who want to create interfaces for web, but Do not believe to be the first way you should take into account that many good professionals do not even have this training.

You can therefore become a Web Designer without studying Graphic Design. All you have to do is use all possible means to learn the concepts of Design.

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Web Design is an area that derives in suma from graphic design, logical that with its particularities that refers to the application to web devices, but the main concepts such as color theory, Typography, shape, Grid, Images, among others, are present for this area.

So you have different possibilities to learn these concepts. You can learn at:

  • online or in-person courses,
  • reading books,
  • consulting the web,
  • in contact with other professionals,
  • at congresses and lectures, etc.

But all this will only be as strong as attending a college if you put into practice in the day-to-day.

It is worth mentioning that a higher course in Design will always be welcome. The point is that it just isn't enough to make you a professional in the field and not even a successful Web Designer.

What is a Front-end?

It is a professional who works with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, basically. It works with the part that the user "sees" on the screen. It's the "front" of the site. It is responsible for the "middle of the field" between the user and the Back End.

If you don't know what Back-End is, it's about the developer (or developer). It works with, for example, PHP, ASP, Java, among others. The "dev" works with the part that the user " does not see "on the screen. It's the "back" of the site.

Web designer vs Front-end?

As we have seen web designer takes care of the creation of the graphical interface, already the Front-End of the encoding that will make it possible for the graphical interface, made in Adobe XD, Sketch or Photoshop, for example, to be accessed and used.

A layout in some graphics program, such as Adobe Photoshop, is something static. It's just an image. So for that interface to become really usable with possible user actions (such as clicking a button, for example) when it is implemented with code. These codes are at least HTML and CSS.

The professional who makes this implementation is the Front-End. Soon for this he will use web languages such as HTML, CSS and Javascript.

For CSS and JavaScript there are several libraries and frameworks that many professionals specialize in such as: Angular, Bootstrap, Jquery, Sass, VueJS, among others.

Therefore, each professional has his role within a project of a graphical interface. Both the Designer, who will plan and build an interface in order to facilitate the use of the system (and not only facilitate, but also make more beautiful, why not?) the Front-End developer will be the professional responsible for making reality (virtual reality in the case rsrsr) the features and the entire layout planned and structured by the Designer.

These are areas that complement each other, because every graphical interface (or almost all) needs a Design, but for this design to work it needs to be implemented in code. Therefore one depends on the other and vice and versa. It is obvious that a website can be done only by a Front-End, but speaking of professional websites and with commercial and communication objectives, Design becomes very important. There are researches that indicate that people come out of the site if the layout is not pleasant, because it may show that the company is sloppy, that it is not reliable or even that it is an old-fashioned company.

If you are in order to take an online course on Web Design and that also has front-end subjects such as CSS3, HTML, CSS Flexbox and CSS grid layout, WordPress, among others, I point you to our Web Design course: the Web Designer PRO (click here to learn more).

The course is 100% online. The content sits on a 24-hour on-air platform, and you can attend classes anytime and anywhere you have a device with internet access. Access is unlimited, you can view and review classes as many times as you think necessary.

There are already more than 100 video lessons on the platform divided into modules. The vast majority of the content is available in videos and includes theoretical and practical classes with exercises and exhibitions of topics on web design and other related. Extra downloadable materials are also available that complement the video lessons.

As a complement to the classes we offer specific tasks to observe the process of your creative development.

We also provide a field on the platform for you to express your doubts.

So if you want to know more about the course, just accesshttp://www.webdesignercursos.com.br/

Video Web designer vs Front-end?

Below is the video I recorded to talk about this topic. In it I talk about what each professional does and the differences between each area. Watch and check out:

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David Arty

Hi I am David Arty, founder from the blog Chief of Design.
I am from São Paulo, Brazil. I work with design, mainly with web design, since 2009. I try to transform crazy and complex ideas into simple, attractive and functional pieces.