Web Design Vs. Graphic Design

| Community | August 31, 2018

Let’s get one thing straight: Website designers are not graphic designers, and vice versa. While it’s true that many aspects of graphic design can be found in website design, website designers have vastly different skills than graphic designers.

If you want to make sure you hire the right designer, read on to better understand the differences.

Graphic designers create visuals – graphics, typography and images – for specific purposes. It could be to advertise a product or service, announce an event, highlight a new logo or brochure or trumpet some custom invitation or new brand identity. It’s often very artistic and creative, but the designer has one shot to get it right. Once the design is printed, that’s it.

Website designers, on the other hand, create and modify all aspects of a website, including graphics, content and performance. Art is used to serve technology, and it’s vastly more computer-technical than graphic design because it usually involves coding and programming. A website design can evolve over time, changing to fit whatever design trends become popular.

Graphic designers need specific computer skills. These include programs by Adobe Systems Incorporated such as Photoshop, Pagemaker, Illustrator and Acrobat.


Website designers may need to know JavaScript, HTML5, jQuery, SQL and PHP, depending on the website’s needs. In other words, they have to understand the internet; a graphic designer doesn’t.

When it comes to using color, graphic designers favor the four-color format of CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black), whereas website designers use RGB (red, green blue) to reproduce a wide array of colors.

Maybe one day technology will develop to the point that the differences between the two won’t exist. But until then, it’s important to know the difference.

To discover what else can be done to improve your online presence, contact Warren Schultz at warren@tapsolutions.net or call him at 818-281-7628. Website: www.TAPSolutions.net

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About Warren Schultz

Warren Schultz from TAP Solutions has been in business since 1999 and in the programming field since 1983. Warren is a MS Excel Specialist who does Excel Support and Development. Warren also develops website that help you be found on the web and represent your company in the way you want it to be seen. For any questions please call Warren at 818-281-7628 or e-mail me at Warren@tapsolutions.net. Additional information can be found at www.TAPSolutions.nett

One Response to “Web Design Vs. Graphic Design”

  1. I can see your point of view, but I don’t have the same feelings about Graphic vs. Web Designers job duties. I started a web design company back in the wee-early years 1996-2004 when I expanded from the web to print as a graphic designer. I’m currently a graphic design teacher at a So Cal high school. ‘

    The problem I have with your interpretation of a web designers job duties is that you seem to take the position that all web designers are ALSO web developers. The two jobs are separate and distinct from each other. As a Sr. Web Designer for Experian Credit Bureau, I worked hand-in-hand with the coding folks in the web development department by delivering the UX designs to them in raw PSD files. It wasn’t my job to know JAVA, PSP, HTML, etc..

    Of course, if you’re a freelance designer, you’re going to have to learn how to code… or how to outsource for development work.

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