Web Designer vs Web Developer Infographic

Posted in Illustration, Showcase, Web Design • Posted on 28 Comments

There are a lot of articles that differentiate web designers from web developers. Commonly, they talk about the difference of the two. Some, even encourage debates on whether designers should code and developers should design. Instead of reading a lengthy article on the difference of these two, why not checkout this cool web designer vs web developer infographic created by Rudolph Musngi for 1WD.

All of these data can sometimes make us feel confused about what the difference of developers and designers really is. So, we made an infographic (yay!)  to creatively illustrate how they differ and which profession your skill sets might belong. Let’s take a look at it:

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28 Comments Best Comments First
  • Chris

    Monday, July 28th, 2014 09:58

    1

    Since when are Web Designers responsible for DB schemas? Would they use Photoshop or Illustrator for that? Developers are responsible for “routine daily maintenance of sites” and *also* “perform routine site maintenance” – That’s two things! They must be very busy. Designers also have lots to do, what with “creates web layouts” and “placement and layout of web pages”.

    One supposes this might be satire and I completely missed the point. I hope so.

    +46
    • jlex

      Saturday, August 16th, 2014 18:29

      27

      I thought the same when I read it, it could be for a software developer or DB administrator/programmer.

      0
    • hardik

      Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 06:33

      7

      completely agree with this.

      +4
  • fred

    Monday, July 28th, 2014 14:47

    2

    why is the dev using xampp and has a css book? wtf
    bookmarks should be codepen, github, slashdot and stackoverflow

    +27
    • Jackson

      Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 05:46

      19

      It depends on your preference. A good developer always have different resources among different fields. It’s not all about engaging into more and more open-source communities but it’s about how well you are venturing into web development using different tools.

      0
  • Jose Guillen

    Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 19:03

    9

    I find pretty interesting that the web designer here creates a db scheme which is a fully back-end task and is the single most important part of any application. I doubt a “creative” person would be in change of such a task. A proper web designer should focus in user interface and experience. I also find a little insulting that all the web developer’s roles where maintenance, clearly the person who created this “infographics” is a “web designer” with very little idea of how a proper web application works, I bet all its “development” is done in wordpress (which is in fact done by real web developers). You don’t realize that this kind of thing are the ones that make the stakeholders think that everything can be done in a minute and that the developers work is a joke and therefore not worth paying properly for it.

    +19
  • Mike

    Thursday, July 31st, 2014 03:36

    13

    If you’re a designer and your employer says you’re responsible for creating relational DB schemas, I’ve got some bad new for you.

    +16
  • Renz

    Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 01:48

    11

    I don’t think that your so called “web designers” even touch relational databases schemas (or have even seen one). For those who don’t know there are 2 kinds of web developers (in an easy to understand way), one that primarily focuses on the front-end part of a website like the buttons and text you see on your screen (developed through html, js, etc.), and the other one that focuses on the back-end who are responsible in making sure you see the correct content and not just some static website (php, .net frameworks, MVC, etc.). It is the web developer’s role to design relational database schemas (specifically the back-end engineers who will be responsible for the database development).

    Stop mixing those roles because it makes you sound cooler. It kinda pisses me off that the only thing a web developer “does” is html every time someone makes infographics like this. Designer vs developer infographics are not needed anyway, they completely come from different backgrounds (there are some exceptions).

    Both developers and designers are important to make a product but this thing shows incorrect and incomplete facts.

    +6
  • Aakash

    Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 05:06

    15

    That means I am Half Designer and Half Developer…OMG :D

    +4
  • Chaserey

    Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 03:44

    5

    Thanks for the image differentiate of Web Designer Vs We Developer . But I think Web Developer who responsible for Design DB.

    +3
    • fred

      Thursday, July 31st, 2014 14:45

      14

      Author said its a mistake on the design, he meant to put that on the dev when he exported the image, he’ll update soon

      +1
  • tecnicaz

    Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 10:50

    8

    Shouldn’t the bookmark of the web developer read “typetester” instead of “typesetter”

    +1
  • Daniel C Perry

    Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 05:52

    23

    That’s why my boss calls me a ‘devigner’ Lol

    Personally I like Web Development Artist!

    Cool Infographic btw :)

    +1
  • Frank

    Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 03:13

    25

    A Web Designer is concerned with how a website looks and how the customers intract with it.
    A Web Developer focuses on how a site works and how the customer get things done on it.
    Thanks for this sharing.

    0
  • Franklin

    Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 04:35

    6

    I used to get confused between web designer and web developer profiles until I get a job at a software firm. Still, its a startup company web designer and web developers will coordinate with each other and do both designer and developer tasks. Its challenging sometimes because one has to put in lot of effort to get out of their comfort zone and deliver the things which is having deadlines.

    0
  • Faddel

    Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 10:01

    28

    well, a web designer would never design a database :(,
    in general the article is not accurate

    0
  • Tim

    Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 03:04

    3

    Seems a little biased… I think there may be a little more cross-over in some situations also

    0
  • RAMESH

    Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 06:00

    24

    Designer job is to only create the website and that is one time JOB but Developer has to maintain every day thats the difference between 2.

    0
    • Mathew Waller

      Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 11:51

      26

      No — a Designers job is to….DESIGN the website……and you’ll never guess what the developers job is?

      0
  • dpDesignz

    Monday, August 4th, 2014 17:06

    17

    It should be Typtester not Typsetter, and I agree with bookmarking Stack Overflow for developers! And also same as everyone else, a designer doing DB design!? Ha! Stick to designing. It’s why we’re the developers. Also I think amp-what is much easier than the HTML entity. Otherwise good graphic.

    0
  • Ryan

    Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 00:57

    10

    I agree with Chris. It’s pretty simplified and doesn’t do either of the jobs justice.

    0
  • Muhammad Reza Padillah

    Monday, August 4th, 2014 17:32

    18

    Love Developer And Designer :D

    0
  • Kristoff

    Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 15:49

    21

    Interesting graphic and if it does make a point it is that various disciplines are required to put together a decent website. A usability expert has even made it to this chart.

    However, I would agree that relational databases is not something a designer would stick his head around.

    Until now, I didn’t fully grasp where I fit in, but would now be inclined to put myself more in the developer camp :-)

    0
  • Mmina

    Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 08:28

    12

    It’s pretty funny that in global salary, the Philippines is a special-mention in Asia. HAHA

    0
  • Rachman Usman

    Sunday, August 10th, 2014 23:40

    22

    Whoa!
    Very useful info graphics.
    This information it’s true!

    I’m a web designer anywat. :)

    0
  • Tracey

    Monday, August 4th, 2014 11:28

    16

    I love maps that leave New Zealand out!

    -1
  • Tim

    Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 03:06

    4

    Seems a little biased maybe? Got it mostly covered I guess

    -1
  • Sheikh Hassan Majeed

    Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 15:00

    20

    Well, it means I have BOTH qualities(SKILLS). FEELING PROUD ;)….

    -1
  • Faddel

    Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 10:01

    28

    well, a web designer would never design a database :(,
    in general the article is not accurate

    0
  • Frank

    Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 03:13

    25

    A Web Designer is concerned with how a website looks and how the customers intract with it.
    A Web Developer focuses on how a site works and how the customer get things done on it.
    Thanks for this sharing.

    0
  • RAMESH

    Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 06:00

    24

    Designer job is to only create the website and that is one time JOB but Developer has to maintain every day thats the difference between 2.

    0
    • Mathew Waller

      Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 11:51

      26

      No — a Designers job is to….DESIGN the website……and you’ll never guess what the developers job is?

      0
  • Daniel C Perry

    Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 05:52

    23

    That’s why my boss calls me a ‘devigner’ Lol

    Personally I like Web Development Artist!

    Cool Infographic btw :)

    +1
  • Rachman Usman

    Sunday, August 10th, 2014 23:40

    22

    Whoa!
    Very useful info graphics.
    This information it’s true!

    I’m a web designer anywat. :)

    0
  • Kristoff

    Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 15:49

    21

    Interesting graphic and if it does make a point it is that various disciplines are required to put together a decent website. A usability expert has even made it to this chart.

    However, I would agree that relational databases is not something a designer would stick his head around.

    Until now, I didn’t fully grasp where I fit in, but would now be inclined to put myself more in the developer camp :-)

    0
  • Sheikh Hassan Majeed

    Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 15:00

    20

    Well, it means I have BOTH qualities(SKILLS). FEELING PROUD ;)….

    -1
  • Muhammad Reza Padillah

    Monday, August 4th, 2014 17:32

    18

    Love Developer And Designer :D

    0
  • dpDesignz

    Monday, August 4th, 2014 17:06

    17

    It should be Typtester not Typsetter, and I agree with bookmarking Stack Overflow for developers! And also same as everyone else, a designer doing DB design!? Ha! Stick to designing. It’s why we’re the developers. Also I think amp-what is much easier than the HTML entity. Otherwise good graphic.

    0
  • Tracey

    Monday, August 4th, 2014 11:28

    16

    I love maps that leave New Zealand out!

    -1
  • Aakash

    Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 05:06

    15

    That means I am Half Designer and Half Developer…OMG :D

    +4
  • Mike

    Thursday, July 31st, 2014 03:36

    13

    If you’re a designer and your employer says you’re responsible for creating relational DB schemas, I’ve got some bad new for you.

    +16
  • Mmina

    Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 08:28

    12

    It’s pretty funny that in global salary, the Philippines is a special-mention in Asia. HAHA

    0
  • Renz

    Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 01:48

    11

    I don’t think that your so called “web designers” even touch relational databases schemas (or have even seen one). For those who don’t know there are 2 kinds of web developers (in an easy to understand way), one that primarily focuses on the front-end part of a website like the buttons and text you see on your screen (developed through html, js, etc.), and the other one that focuses on the back-end who are responsible in making sure you see the correct content and not just some static website (php, .net frameworks, MVC, etc.). It is the web developer’s role to design relational database schemas (specifically the back-end engineers who will be responsible for the database development).

    Stop mixing those roles because it makes you sound cooler. It kinda pisses me off that the only thing a web developer “does” is html every time someone makes infographics like this. Designer vs developer infographics are not needed anyway, they completely come from different backgrounds (there are some exceptions).

    Both developers and designers are important to make a product but this thing shows incorrect and incomplete facts.

    +6
  • Ryan

    Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 00:57

    10

    I agree with Chris. It’s pretty simplified and doesn’t do either of the jobs justice.

    0
  • Jose Guillen

    Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 19:03

    9

    I find pretty interesting that the web designer here creates a db scheme which is a fully back-end task and is the single most important part of any application. I doubt a “creative” person would be in change of such a task. A proper web designer should focus in user interface and experience. I also find a little insulting that all the web developer’s roles where maintenance, clearly the person who created this “infographics” is a “web designer” with very little idea of how a proper web application works, I bet all its “development” is done in wordpress (which is in fact done by real web developers). You don’t realize that this kind of thing are the ones that make the stakeholders think that everything can be done in a minute and that the developers work is a joke and therefore not worth paying properly for it.

    +19
  • tecnicaz

    Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 10:50

    8

    Shouldn’t the bookmark of the web developer read “typetester” instead of “typesetter”

    +1
  • Franklin

    Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 04:35

    6

    I used to get confused between web designer and web developer profiles until I get a job at a software firm. Still, its a startup company web designer and web developers will coordinate with each other and do both designer and developer tasks. Its challenging sometimes because one has to put in lot of effort to get out of their comfort zone and deliver the things which is having deadlines.

    0
  • Chaserey

    Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 03:44

    5

    Thanks for the image differentiate of Web Designer Vs We Developer . But I think Web Developer who responsible for Design DB.

    +3
    • fred

      Thursday, July 31st, 2014 14:45

      14

      Author said its a mistake on the design, he meant to put that on the dev when he exported the image, he’ll update soon

      +1
  • Tim

    Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 03:06

    4

    Seems a little biased maybe? Got it mostly covered I guess

    -1
  • Tim

    Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 03:04

    3

    Seems a little biased… I think there may be a little more cross-over in some situations also

    0
  • fred

    Monday, July 28th, 2014 14:47

    2

    why is the dev using xampp and has a css book? wtf
    bookmarks should be codepen, github, slashdot and stackoverflow

    +27
    • Jackson

      Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 05:46

      19

      It depends on your preference. A good developer always have different resources among different fields. It’s not all about engaging into more and more open-source communities but it’s about how well you are venturing into web development using different tools.

      0
  • Chris

    Monday, July 28th, 2014 09:58

    1

    Since when are Web Designers responsible for DB schemas? Would they use Photoshop or Illustrator for that? Developers are responsible for “routine daily maintenance of sites” and *also* “perform routine site maintenance” – That’s two things! They must be very busy. Designers also have lots to do, what with “creates web layouts” and “placement and layout of web pages”.

    One supposes this might be satire and I completely missed the point. I hope so.

    +46
    • hardik

      Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 06:33

      7

      completely agree with this.

      +4
    • jlex

      Saturday, August 16th, 2014 18:29

      27

      I thought the same when I read it, it could be for a software developer or DB administrator/programmer.

      0

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