Web Design Vs. Web Development — What's The Difference?

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding the differences between web designers and web developers. To learn more, head to the blog for our full article:

While there are some huge similarities between them, they have different processes, use different tools—and even have different salaries. In this video, starring Chloe from CareerFoundy’s curriculum team, we provide a comprehensive look into the differences between the two roles.

Here’s what we’ll cover:
What do web designers and web developers actually do?
What are the tools used by web designers and developers?
How do web designers and web developers present their portfolios?
How Much Do Web Designers And Web Developers Earn
What soft skills are required for each role?
Which career is for me?

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  1. Architect vs builder is NOT a good analogy, because it implies a lot more of the core responsibility behind a site going to the designer when in fact it's the other way around.

    It would have been more accurate to say that if a website was a car, the web designer designs the dashboard, steering wheel, etc, while the web developer designs the engine, underlying mechanics and electronics upon which everything runs.

    It's also worth noting that web developers also typically also web designers, but web designers are typically not also web developers.

    TL;DR: A slightly crude way of putting it is Engineering (Development) vs Art (Design).

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