Should you hire a separate website designer and developer?

This is going to be a strange post to write because, for the most part, I’ll be advising and recommending against what I, myself, do.

But, before I get ahead of myself …

 

What is the difference between the two?

A website designer works on the concept look of a website. His/her end product can only be used to help you decide on the look and feel of your website. This is usually either in the form of an image, using software like Photoshop or Illustrator, or even as a protoype, using online tools like InVision or Sketch.

What the website designer produces can then be used by the website developer who uses that work as a reference for coding the website. The end product of the website developer is what then becomes the usable and viewable website.

In other words, the website designer draws the plans to your specifications, as the client, and the website developer builds based on those plans.

Knowing that …

 

Can the two be one person?

For the most part, no. That’s like asking if an architect or draftsman can build a house just because they draw up the plans. It is difficult to specialise in so many different areas and still be competent in all.

When it comes to comparing website design and development, you’re looking at two vastly differing professions. One is strictly creative and the other involves dealing with logic and problem solving.

I see many graphic design students come out of college thinking web development is only knowing some HTML and CSS. That’s not the case. With the long list of different programming languages, libraries and frameworks out there, it takes years of study, practice and hair-pulling to master all of that.

 

So, that’s it then?

Not exactly. Like I said before, “for the most part” the two cannot be catered for by the one person.

So, why do I do it and why do I believe I can?

I’ve been working in Graphic Design for the past 12 years and in programming and web development for the past 15 years. I’ve used over 11 programming languages, not including the extra frameworks / libraries and I am continually learning.

Don’t get me wrong; it isn’t like I will take on just any project and hope for the best. There are many cases where I will hand parts of a project over to people who are more specialised and more competent than me.

 

In Conclusion

The original question is to the client, who should you hire? My response would be to do your research. How many experience does this person have in both fields? Are they a good designer? Are they a good developer?

Don’t be bullied into hiring a jack-of-all-trades. Any designer or developer who isn’t willing to give you time for a peace of mind should not be trusted. Always always ask to take time to consider your options. A professional who is confident with their skills will be more than glad to give you time to see more proof of their competence.

Happy Hiring!

The Olive Project

The Olive – Sample Corporate package

A sample design package for a business called “The Olive”. It includes
– A Logo
– Business Cards
– Stationery (Letterhead, Envelope, With Compliments card)
– Style Guide booklet
– Corporate Environment mock up
– Social Media graphics, and
– Website

If you think a similar package is the very thing your company needs to stand out, get in touch! I take pride in all my work and will not be satisfied until you are.

Pricing Guide

– A standard logo and branding package from $350
(or $500 to include a Style Guide booklet)
– Business Cards to compliment the logo design from $150
– Stationery Package (letterhead, envelope, with compliments) from $200
– Social Media Graphics $150
(incl. Facebook Cover Photo, Twitter Cover Photo, Profile Photo)
– Responsive Interactive Website starting from $1500

Get in touch now and quote the Discount Code: CORP10 to get 10% off any and all design costs. Offer valid till the 18th of July, 2018.

Contact Details:

Email: contact@1vinedesign.com.au
Phone: +61 426 238 272

 

The Official Print Portfolio

In one week, my portfolio booklets were printed, delivered across states, sent to a photographer, photos edited and sent back to me.

They turned out amazing! I love the booklets and the photos.

A big thank you to Minuteman Press in Fortitude Valley, QLD, for the great work on these booklets. Professionally done, quick and at a great price. I love working with the team there.

A big thank you, also, to Be Still Photography for the beautiful photos and quick delivery.

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