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

 

2018 Website Makeover

The website has had a makeover!

I’ve been caught up with a lot of administrative tasks lately that I had to make-do with a temporary website. It wasn’t what I wanted but it served its purpose.

Late last week, I focused on coming up with a concept and a theme. I believe I’ve arrived at one that I like.

“Making your dreams a reality”

That sprouted from my own experience when I was starting 1VINE Design. I kept asking myself the question, “Why? Why do you want to do graphic design? Why will 1VINE even exist?”

I have always loved design and art. I enjoy coming up with different ways in making a statement, emphasising a presence or, even, just making something typing have a “Wow!” impression.

My love of design became my dream many years ago; to work in graphic design and perhaps even start my own business.

I followed that dream. I pursued that passion.

Many people out there are thinking along the same lines wishing they can start a business, an organisation, a charity and they don’t know how to stand out. I can help.

If it’s a logo you need, a business card, a website, a digital mascot or anything else design related, get in touch. I’ll help you make that dream a reality.

1VINEDESIGN

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