Learn to Code - Web Design vs Web Development
When starting out learning to code, choosing a path of web design or web development can be overwhelming. In this final installment of our Learn to Code series, we will explore how to decide if web design or development is right for you.
Web Designers vs Web Developers
Start with the Basics
Whether you ultimately choose design or development, you should have a strong understanding of HTML and CSS basics. This will give you necessary insight into how web pages are structured and presented in browsers. This is fundamental to success in both web disciplines. In addition to HTML and CSS, you should invest time learning fundamental color theory, typography and accessibility. Both designers and developers should not only know the difference between a serif and sans-serif typeface, but also how to correctly use them in a font stack. After learning these concepts, the right direction to choose will likely begin to emerge.
Go to the Next Level
If design interests you, learn more about design software and its uses. Adobe Creative Cloud products such as Photoshop and Illustrator are the most popular and commonly used in industry. Strapped for cash? Try GIMP and Inkscape or similar alternatives to get started in the meantime. Also invest time learning basic User Experience concepts and principles to compliment your design and artistic skills.
Both design and development can offer challenging and rewarding careers for years to come. You may find yourself naturally gravitating towards one or discover that you want to be well versed in both. Learn the fundamentals of both disciplines and choose your path confidently.