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Mar 07, 2004 12:55 am re: Define: Web Designer
Paolo Pace
Can the same be said for programmers?

Over time, does the programmer learn enough about the design process to be considered a 'designer' in anyway? Are they required to?

For graphic designers to be known as 'web designers' they are required to know a considerable amount of programming and design---or at least that seems to be the trend. Oddly enough, the same is not true of programmers. A programmer doesn't have the same pressure to understand colour theory in order to earn the title of 'web designer'. I believe the reason for that is due to a consistant, unfortunate misconception that being a designer is easy and therefore knowing HTML, CSS, Java, etc. isn't asking much.

Regardless of what a person knows, people will continue to understand the title "web designer" in their own personal way.

The bottom line: a web designer is whatever the person who's paying your cheque wants it to mean. As for me, I'll continue to create great work with the assistance of specialists instead of trying to do it all myself.


> kimberly carroll wrote:
> [snip] what if the designer works almost exclusively in the web field but remains limited to front end design? I think over time, it would be difficult to say that person was "just" a designer. [/snip]

>Paolo, the key to your argument there are the words over time.
>Over time you will learn what can and cannot be done on the web.
>Over time you will learn how to communicate with programmers.
>Over time you learn how the design translates to a live product.
>Over time you learn to compensate for the knowledge gap.

>Front end design for the web is fundamentally careful mix of art and html (among many, many other things).

>Without a firm grasp of both sides of web design, yes it is just design.
>It is possible to be a great designer, an outstanding designer even. But not a web designer.

>Kimberly

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