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10 11 2007

Granted, you may be a most excellent designer in your field, whether that be newspaper layout, graphic design, or whatever. Odds are, however, you don’t have that same level of expertise in the world of web design. So why not? You have the essential skills in your mind, the capability, you’re capable! However, being capable is great when you’re designing your personal blog, your MySpace profile, and that site for your neighbor’s book club. However, clients tend not to see this and figure that since you know HTML, hey you can make them a website too.

Now, I don’t claim to be a master of the trade, far from it, but I do understand the difference between other design mediums and the web. Not too long ago I recall reading an article (I forget where), and someone mentioned that the final stage before a design is coded is the handoff of a wireframe to the graphic designers. Then it goes straight to the production team. No, that’s not a typo. While the graphic designer may be able to apply brand standards design, I’ll bet the button on my pants that his decision making process for handling the navigational elements are quite different than mine, or any other web designer for that matter. Print is a different medium than designing for the screen.

It’s the reason nearly every site that comes out for a movie is a one hundred percent flash based site that requires me to learn some new type of navigational scheme for each one. The reason design decisions frustrate the designer who was omitted from the design process but tasked with production when he sees glaring errors. The reason freelance sites are flooded with 14 year olds doing work for free to “build their portfolios.”

make sure to involve the geeky looking people who are being paid to share their knowledge.

However, you open new doors, new techniques, and think about things in an entirely different fashion than normal web designers. This is a good thing. But make sure to involve the people who know the user conventions, the design patterns. So please, continue to do so, but make sure to involve the geeky looking people who are being paid to share their knowledge.

So, Your Point?

I’m sure every web designer has, at some point, been passed over for the client’s son who knows HTML, or has been asked to do production on a design crafted by a designer of a different trade within the client’s company, or what-have-you. And while we may mutter “you get what you pay for” there is no list of reasons why we are worth our salt in comparison to clients who are uninformed.

So why are we different? What do we bring to the table that others don’t? I’d love to hear from others their thoughts or stories, or if you’re not a web designer, how do you feel about it? How ‘bout it?



  1. Perhaps it’s a slight tangent, but one of the things that really interests me is the negativity still expressed by print designers towards web designers; especially those webbies who start doing print. Maybe print designers assume that web designers are arrogant to assume they can ‘do’ print design. Actually, I’d probably agree in most cases, and it’s certainly the same in reverse… as your post explains so well. They’re two very different artforms and while many of us try to juggle the two, few succeed.

    I think you’re right to point out the ridiculous in which way many in our industry work. The assumption that the two trades are interchangable is a misconception made by many of the larger agencies.

  2. Standards. Accessibility. Semantic markup that is clean and optimized for search engines as well as easy to edit and understand. Images in the proper format (GIF, JPG, PNG) for their contents. The clear separation of content (markup), presentation (CSS), and behavior (unobtrusive JavaScript). Separate CSS files for different types of media and user agents. Solid typography knowledge that is specific to on-screen display. Understanding how people use the web and how a screen differs from a printed page. All of this and much, much more.

    Sadly, none of this matters to the average customer. Do you really think the average client ever right-clicks and views source? And they shouldn’t have to. If a web designer is skilled in the attributes mentioned above the end result will be a clean, easily-understood design that hits its mark each and every time. In the end, that’s all that matters.

  3. Personally, I’ve worked very hard to be versatile throughout my career. I split my time about 50/50 between print and web design. I really don’t understand why people on both sides of the fence can’t realize that the DESIGN principals are very similar in print and web. There’s not a huge paradigm shift between the two like some people think. It just takes a little time to understand the benefits and limitations of each medium.

    That being said, I am not a web developer. My company is fortunate enough to have an awesome web developer who codes our designs. So, I design, and he slices/dices/codes. Not that I couldn’t code, (I know enough to be dangerous) but that’s where his strengths lie and mine are in designing. The same way a pre-press tech is better suited to prepping a printing plate than I am. The technology may have evolved but the necessity of both a creative and technical mind to see a design come to fruition has not .

  4. I agree with Proj… you get to a certain level and people want you to choose one beast or the other so they can categorize and cannabalize you. I call myself a designer, think of myself as an artist and am probably just a hacker - and I can do pretty much anything. I code websites, I make games, I produce videos and yeah I even get dirty with print once and awhile. It’s all one’s and zero’s to me.

  5. ” …Sure, if you wanted to learn. But you aren’t one now….”

    definitely in a big picture design fundamentals are essentially the same for most media: balance, color, type etc. but just design fundamentals are important for a project, understanding the medium is also essential.

    going into print, you can’t possibly design something that transform into a robot on opening (maybe you could:P). and its the same for web, you can expect a website to be consume in the same way as a magazine would be.

    ultimately, its taking the effort to learn and applying your design fundamentals to a particular medium

  6. I agree that aesthetic design principles do apply to all forms of design (that’s why they’re principles!). However, I’m talking about the important parts of web design that are completely unique to the medium, print designers don’t deal with links, or the idea of a navigational structure. The web is also rather restrictive in how you can do things while maintaining a usable, accessible site.

  7. Great post thank you! This is what I have been thinking for ages!

    I get so sick of being handed a design I’m expected to build when it’s been done by a print designer - it isn’t in pixel measurements, they have no idea about scaling or font types, no thought of screen resolutions, etc. etc. etc. the list goes on.

    From my experience I think the most common misconception is when a print/branding designer has been working with a company for some time, so the company trusts them for implementing their brand across a web site too. It all comes back to the relationship the client has with you… or the other designer… or the family friend that can build a website…

  8. To say that other designers aren`t web designers is a bit too generalized. There are always exceptions from that “rule”. As already said print design and web design though different, have some similarities. There are even people, who work in an advertising/print centers and do layouts as well. If you say that they aren`t web designers, then you haven`t probably seen what they are capable of.

    I would rather say, that every web designer “could be” print designer and vice versa, if and only if everyone has a strong wish and motivation to develop into the other field and to dig deep, as all other professionals in that field. I think that is an important point, missed in the article, which tries to differentiate between categories of people. This isn`t helfup to none of them, they should rather work together, because in a tomorrow`s world, a web designer will be also responsible for information architecture, search engine optimization, print design, art work and god knows what else. This is simply part of the progress, or like a director working with an old printer, who doesn`t want to buy new one, because he doesn`t know how to operate it.

  9. Let me just ask this, would you feel comfortable with a psychiatrist performing surgery on your heart? Or to flip it, would you want to have a surgeon prescribe you medication for a mental illness?

    A bit of an extreme comparison as the stakes are a lot higher (death compared to a poorly-designed web site) but my point is that even though they are both trained physicians (doctors of medicine) they have different specialties.

    Similarly, as you all have pointed out most design specialties share the same principles, but web design and print design are very clearly different.

  10. HENRY— I think we are basically making the same point. Print and Web design are different, but to say a person can’t design for the web simply because they also design for print is ignorant. No, I couldn’t design a print piece that turns into a robot (wtf), but I also wouldn’t try to make a print piece function like a website and vice versa. Kostadinov pretty much hit that nail on the head with his comment.

    In order to be a designer in this new world order you have to be flexible enough to be able to design for both web and print or whatever new mediums come up in the future. Drawing a line in the sand and saying you are either print or web is only going to limit your potential in the future. I pity anyone who can’t see the necessity of remaining versatile in there skill set.

    As far as getting crap layouts from designers who don’t understand the medium they’re working in. That happens on both sides of the fence, odds are if you get a print piece from a web-only guy it’s likely to a) look like a website on paper b) be entirely built in photoshop. These are not good designers either way you cut and will likely not see a lot of mobility in their career. The same way their were burnout ex-designers who couldn’t adapt to designing on computers instead of paste-up years ago.

  11. Proj: Awesome comment, I agree that there are hybrid designers out there that are capable of working across many mediums effectively but they are relatively rare in proportion to people who skills lie on one side of the fence or the other. That said, the idea of design does carry over, but people do tend to lean one way or the other, many web designers would set up a pixel based scale for printwork, while someone from a print background may even try to use picas when laying out a web page by habit.

    In order to be a designer in this new world order you have to be flexible enough to be able to design for both web and print or whatever new mediums come up in the future.


  12. Kyle: I guess I never noticed the dichotomy since I’ve never thought that way. Maybe I’m a freak or have ADD because I feel the need to try everything. That said, I wouldn’t presume to consider myself a programmer even though I can hack out code here and there. Like I said before, that is where the real difference usually lies.

  13. I’ve been studying standards-based web design for about 2 years now, before that I just used tables like a chimp. Having no previous experience in “real” design, I decided that I could handle all the technical learning by myself, but needed some serious training in aesthetics so I enrolled in school for my second degree in graphic design.

    Web design is like a sport, it’s really easy to pick up, but extremely hard to master. I’ll be honest, I have a really hard time listening to all of the people in class (and most professors too); talking about the web like they own it. If I have to hear one more word about a flash-based portfolio I swear I’ll shoot myself. In reality all they have is a strong foundation in design (which is great, that’s what I’m lacking) and only a working knowledge in dreamweaver and flash. Period. They think that’s enough to be an authority in web. I know—I was one of them! That is before I started reading and reading and reading. I’ve come to realize that there is so much still left to be learned, that it’s never ending.

    Standards, Information Architecture, Style Sheets, browser compatibility, Mobile Web Design, Semantic Markup, the list goes on and on. You can only call yourself a true web designer if you at least have a notion of those and implement them in your designs. If you don’t, you just draw pretty pictures.

    It annoys me to no end to listen to professors talk about Dreamweaver like it’s the epitome of Internet Technology. It’s a disgrace. I think that most of the print designers who think they know web, are merely misinformed.

    Also, can you truly be considered a web designer is you don’t write markup?

  14. Also, can you truly be considered a web designer is you don’t write markup?

    I’m sure some would argue that you would be. But I think that the best designers have a great knowledge of markup and the methods that would be used to bring their designs to the real world. A designer who is not conscious of how a content box might be forced to be resizable either vertically or horizontally may devise a background-image that isn’t feasible for that purpose without a mountain of unnecessary HTML. Whereas someone experienced in the HTML/CSS techniques necessary to create that box would avoid that pitfall during the design process, saving time during both the design phase and the production phase without even thinking about it.

  15. “Granted, you may be a most excellent designer in your field, whether that be newspaper layout, graphic design, or whatever. Odds are, however, you don’t have that same level of expertise in the world of web design.”

    Amen to both the article and comments. If you don’t mind, I’d like to vent about a recent experience.

    I do all my own custom (web) design ordinarily, but this week a client came in with mockups already completed by a certain High-Profile Midwest Ad Firm who specializes in 90s-style branding campaigns - I didn’t know any of this at the time. The client simply wanted me to take these mockups, slice them into CSS/HTML and build them on top of a CMS. No problem. Then I saw the mockups.

    My impression, literally within seconds, was: these were done by a career print designer.

    The evidence: they’d handed over 20+ illustrator files, and each page had a different layout with different navigation, often in different color schemes. The design was otherwise as spare and dull as what ‘high-end’ magazine ads were supposed to look like ten years ago. It was designed for 800x600. The search bar was buried at the bottom of the page, virtually out of site. All body text was rendered as a graphic. The placement of content modules was completely random, with big white gaps in the most important screen-real-estate spaces. None of the mockups conveyed interactivity - in fact, the link colors were the same color as the headers.

    And, for all 20+ mockups, each layout relied on static height to keep it from falling apart.

    All of this tells me: the design team never planned for how the site would scale, never planned for (or weren’t cross-trained enough to understand) how the CSS/HTML would work, and never planned for consistent usable navigation.

    This would all be somewhat forgiveable if it was a harried, 50-something print-ad guy who’d only recently made the leap to Web, and was humble about it. But no. In fact, the Big Midwest Ad Firm had actually already been fired from the project, which was why it was passed to us in the first place. And in passing down the designs, the Ad Guys expressed doubt over whether or not my company was experienced enough to build them out. Keep in mind, one of the main focuses of my company is Information Design, nav schemes and standards-based production. And we’ve been doing it since 1998.

    It was bad to hear this kind of comment from an ad agency who, by all appearances, was swimming upstream to learn web design and simultaneously charging an arm and a leg for it. But on top of it, once they learned their arrogance had gotten them fired, they also took a shot at our portfolio, implying our sites looked chintzy!

    By now I’m pretty much steamed, but I’m curious, so I check out their site. It’s entirely in Flash and while they they’ve done (print) work for some multinational corporations, the “Web” section of their portfolio has just two samples, both of which look like print ads. Looking under the hood I see nothing but table-based junk and no doctypes.

    Ok, rant over. Almost. Like others have said, I really think in 2007 that ‘web designer’ should imply a certain degree of cross-training, like an athlete. CSS, Graphics, Web Standards, familiarity with CMSs (and a knack for molding them to your purposes) and an openness to working with scripting languages like PHP, if not writing it from scratch - all these things should be covered by someone who characterizes themself as a Web Professional, no?

    If you’re more of a broad-scope Designer who handles both web and print - please, either really kick ass at both of them, or stick to the niche that serves your work best. Otherwise don’t waste people’s time & money and tell them you’re top-notch at something you’re not.

    I suspect a lot of this sounds pretty trite if you read a lot of print vs. web opinions back in 2000, or if you’re used to working with large print agences (I’m not). I don’t think there’s anything unique about my experience at all. I’m just surprised it’s still happening.

    Ok, rant over…………NOW!

  16. I haven’t took a paddle in web design yet, and I don’t plan to, at least not in the very near future.

    I couldn’t design the most simple pages to save my life, simply because I’m not a web designer. The process is much different. There’s a whole load of different things you need to consider and different problems you need to solve, such as IE, right? :P

    That’s why I’ve never (um…) had them both in the same basket of eggs? Those eggs in the same basket make a mess. That’s how I see it anyway. Eggs.

  17. I’m 15 and been doing design since 12– but I never worked for free to ‘build up my portfolio’. Mostly it was to prove to myself that I could do it as well as support my other endeavors (photography, music, etc). I like this article though, I find it especially true of print designers. I have friends who do ads for companies like Microsoft (Zune dpt), Chanel, Apple, Element, Burton, Puma, the list goes on– and they all figure that by learning HTML they can do web design but it’s simply not the case. In the print medium your goals are different; for ads you want to get the viewer’s attention and give them something that will make it stick, e.g. subtle humor or something mysterious to make the viewer curious. Usually in web design (though not always) my goal is to make something that lets the viewer take in the content that they’re looking for without any effort while at the same time making the asides (navigation, footers, etc) easily accessible, well defined, but at the same time out of the way.

    You’re also very right about the potential– the converse is also true. I started off with web design but now do print and building interiors. It’s all a matter of knowing the goals of your medium as well as the process and being able to integrate them into your own creative process.

  18. Not too long ago I recall reading an article (I forget where), and someone mentioned that the final stage before a design is coded is the handoff of a wireframe to the graphic designers. Then it goes straight to the production team.

    While there is a lot to agree with in your post, I was somewhat confused at first to your reaction to the above work flow. As an information architect./manager of user experience for an interactive agency I would describe our process in similar terms. I am not a designer (graphic, web or otherwise unless you want to stretch to include “information design”), nor am I a developer (web, application or otherwise). I am however responsible for the success of the User Experience. In our agency, like most I assume, that process begins with requirements gathering and information architecture. Once user flows, site maps, wire frames, etc. are developed they are “handed off” to the design/creative team. (I could just as easily refer to these folks as graphic designers as I could web designers; it never occurred to me that “graphic designer” meant “print/traditional designer as opposed to web”.) Once the look and feel is in place, the project moves into production.

    The assumption it seems you are making is that these are “siloed” activities. Any IA worth paying is not going to develop wire frames in a vacuum. Designers with any level of experience should also know not to develop layouts without regular consultation both up and downstream in the work flow.

    Personally, give me a top notch designer any day, print or not. Someone with no web design experience may need more consultation both from IA and from development, but I would much rather be teaching a kickass designer how to translate their skills, than trying to teach design.

    This is why good websites are built by teams.

  19. DavidJ: You bring up an interesting point. The size of interactive teams are quite varied, at Clockwork our teams are relatively small and may not always include someone specialized in IA, and in this instance the designer is the one who handles all the IA as well as the actual design.

    Granted, when budget allows, having a full team that runs the gamut is desirable but in most cases this isn’t the structure.

  20. So much talk about doing! I personally feel that any designers greatest asset is their ability to think. If you’re capable of thinking in terms of the web, you are capable of designing for it. The same goes for logos, books, newspapers, etc. Many of the criticisms in this post, and in the comments, leveled against print designers regarding the web can also be leveled against print designers regarding print! There are many print designers who are unable to think in terms of printing processes and print production.

    I’m getting real sick of the ‘us vs. them’ arguments in print and web design. Does it remind anyone else of snowboarders and skiers?

  21. I don’t understand how anyone can possibly call themselves a web designer without any kind of code knowledge. You don’t have to be a code savant, but certainly there must be some fundamental code knowledge, just as there must be fundamental design and usability knowledge! Could you design a print brochure for someone without understanding InDesign? Sure. Could you do it without understanding the difference between RGB and CMYK? Absolutely not.

    Design is not simply making things look pretty, it’s understanding how to communicate effectively within your limitations, and utilizing your knowledge of the medium to your advantage.

  22. I’m getting real sick of the ‘us vs. them’ arguments in print and web design.

    I think that this is an issue that needs to be talked about. There will never come a time that designers stick strictly to their medium. There will be designers that always cross over but that doesn’t mean that that is a good thing. While with training any designer can cross mediums that doesn’t mean they should.

    As been stated so many times before interactive designers need to design for the fact that people will ultimately interact with their design. They need to take so many different factors in to consideration. For a print designer to jump to the web they need to know those factors and the limitations of the medium. Just as if I were to jump into print I don’t know the limitations or what can be done. I can tell you the basics but for the design to be effective I need to know more than the basics.

    I would like to think that we as interactive designers try to uphold a certain standard of both design and markup and I think that when someone crosses over with out the knowledge it brings that standard down.

  23. I disagree. In fact, I consider web and print—especially editorial—design as two fields very close to each other, since they are both about providing information. If you do a website or a book-page you are dealing with a (mostly given) empty space in which you will put the same elements: type, colour, illustration, photo. In both cases you will use a grid, since the end of your book should look like the same book you’ve started in the beginning. How about a website? Same there.

    Of course no one (at least I hope so) would design a book like a website (although it might be quite funny to have a table of contents on every page) but that’s for the same reason why no one would design a business card looking like a book, even though both is print. A business card is a small thing, so you can’t treat it like a magazine layout. A website doesn’t (need to) have a static height. So? What is it with this semantic code and compatibility stuff? There are frontend-guys for that type of work. As if I’d be able to produce one single offset print if you dump me—being a print designer—in a print shop. That’s where the guy from the print shop itself comes in and I’m very grateful for that.

    Don’t get me wrong: Altough I’m a print-designer I do have an understanding about markup and style sheets and if I do code, I’m using a plain text editor (I never managed to understand GoLive). I started with HTML around ten years ago and kept it as a hobby ever since—and I’m seriously hooked on great webdesign as much as I am hooked on print. And that’s exactly why I’m getting annoyed when people mix up code and design. Of course you can’t (or shouldn’t) do a website if you don’t know anything about the web, but knowing about the web and it’s techniques DOESN’T MAKE ANYONE A DESIGNER. There’s a damn good reason why you have to suffer nude drawing and colour circles when visiting an art school!

    I once stumbled upon the nicely looking website of some freelance guy, advertising himself as a webdesigner and talking about barrier-free webdesign in his welcome-text. I’m sure his site would fit perfectly on which screen (pc, mac, tv, mobile) you ever chose—thanks to his semantic markup. The problem was just that his type had an x-height of 4(!) pixels. So much for the design. The site was so barrier-free one couldn’t even read it.

    “I would much rather be teaching a kickass designer how to translate their skills, than trying to teach design.”


  24. but knowing about the web and it’s techniques DOESN’T MAKE ANYONE A DESIGNER. There’s a damn good reason why you have to suffer nude drawing and colour circles when visiting an art school!

    Boy do I hear you there, not to mention the exercises on design principles. I’ve never drawn so many black squares in my life (and hope to never have to again).

  25. Some clients I’ve worked with seemed to think that creating a website was as easy as copy/pasting a PowePoint presentation. When I told my 50+ year old mom that I’m a web designer, she said ‘can’t anyone do that?’

    I don’t have a print design background. When discussing with print designers about the design of a website, most of them seem to be 10 years behind, but unwilling to accept it. While it’s true that the 2 are closely related, they are actually quite far apart in terms of usage.

  26. I beleive one of the key things that makes print design so unique is the fact that it can reach colors that a computer never will. The look can change because of the lighting onprinted work but on the computer it will always be illuminated by the same lightsoruce. I happen to be a novice to print design myself and still fairly new to the field of web design (I still need to read up on usablity and other aspects).

  27. ANYONE can design a website, its just a question of how well they do it!

    If a print designer has 10 years experience designing print and web with a 50/50 split between them, then they have 5 years experience in web design.

    No way can a print person with zero experience in web produce a compelling web design. It takes time and experience to understand the medium to be effective enough to work in it. Look at famous artists, most of them specialised in a particular medium - oils, water based etc.

    Sooner or later you have to make a choice if you’re print or web. To think that you can spend 50% of your time doing web and compete with equally talented people spending 100% of their time then you are incredibly ignorant.

    Other designers are not web designers!

  28. I agree with what you say 100%. I’m a front-end web dev guy and I get stuff that often looks like it was designed with tables in mind. Lots of blocks and vertical and horizontal rows that they dont consider might get pushed down by text.

    Recently they hired another designer that was straight from the print dept. They want designers doing mockups for sites, whereas before I sometimes did the site design. So now i dont really do much other than minor code changes, read blogs and test and try things for my own sites. Its kind of been frustrating getting stuff that looks like something for a newspaper, with the wrong width, no link colors, etc. I’m sure they will learn to do better somewhat, but until you rip out a site on your own with just a little HTML and CSS, your just throwing graphics around. I couldnt do print design in any way because I havent learned the “rules” and the guidelines for dealing with print. Sure photoshop/illustrator/quarkexpress skills come into play as well as basic graphic design, but there is more to any design medium than just those basics. You gotta learn the rules and guidelines and figure out what works and why.

    I dont have a BA in Art and since I know how to code they assume I cant design and shouldnt be doing so for our sites. Granted knowing HTML and CSS doesnt make you a designer, but I’ve read and studied and built sites over and over from scratch since the 90s which gives me a little edge on somethings.

  29. While I agree with most of the article (and many comments above), I have to throw in my two cents.

    Like some others, I think there is a false dichotomy of web and print design. Web and print designers both have to learn to work with “new media” (checkout Hillman Curtis on this subject, if you haven’t already).

    When it came time for me to choose which program I was going to pursue at college, I had two loves—web design and physical art. I ultimately chose to become a graphic designer, but I surely didn’t let my web skills slip into the abyss. I know how to code (often until my fingers are numb!), build Flash websites, am a CSS fanatic, and, actually, loathe Dreamweaver because it is too automated (I prefer to code in Dreamweaver, if it comes to that). What I don’t know, I’ll go out and learn. I factor in usability and simple, straight-up navigation. I constantly remind my fellow students to optimize and plan for dynamics if they have to build websites.

    My profs tell me every day that I have incredible skill and great ideas in print, but am often confused with web students, even by the web instructors at my school. There has never been a dichotomy for me, but I do agree that I see tons of offenses from both print and web designers who try to do each others work. (Frames and tables on a print students site, ads created wholly in Photoshop with pixelated text from web students…*shudders*.)

    With my personal rant done, I think that web and print designers should know how to work in other media. Walk in for a job at a print office, and they’ll immediately ask if you can do web (their fault, really, for being too cheap to hire a web professional). But, you should really ultimately choose one or another, because you go to a specialist when you need your eyes examined, right? You wouldn’t feel comfortable going to a general practioner to see if you need glasses.

    It doesn’t hurt to do other things (it often helps you get a job), but specialize. I specialize in corporate identity and packaging, because I like working with tangibles just a little better than working on code. On a similar note, web designers should specialize, also, I think—pick business or personal/private web (okay, too broad, but you get my point, I hope).

  30. Every big design house in Minneapolis wants you to know Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, maybe some Painter *plus* Dreamweaver and Flash. It sucks. To be in the upper echelon of web designers you need to know code. It just makes it easier. Just an opinion. Agree or disagree, your prerogative. That said, I. Hate. Code. I’m a designer. Code is boring as hell for me. It’s like calculus. But I do know about web-friendly images and some about type. Some can do both web and design. I know people who do, but it’s semi-rare. One usually winds up falling into one category or the other. Here’s an idea with a big “Duh” on the end- Get along with each other. I don’t want your job. You probably don’t want mine. Adults can bounce ideas off of each other and learn from each other without filling a diaper. We all went to or are going to school. Graphic design programs usually have you learn a few things outside of your concentration. However, it doesn’t make you a freaking expert. I would much rather putz around in InDesign and Illustrator plus my sketchbook for awhile, then go to my web designer friend and collaborate rather than pretend to be good at Dreamweaver and flash. I’m a big enough person to know that I really blow when it comes to building web sites

  31. I think there is a little bit of truth on all sides. I’m a graphic designer, have nothing to do or want to with web design. But for example in my country (Panama), customers and businesses think that a graphic designer is a web a designer, since web design as a career is not taught in college ( or university as we call it here) (only graphic design). So it’s common to see graphic designers and even programmers doing web design.

    In my case, as I said I love graphic design, and have nothing against web, but I think there are two separate areas that have a common ground. I respect people who do both though, but don’t think there should be a mix.

    Kyle: Great blog, just came across it today and even though I’m not into web design I found it great of value and interest and needless to say, I was instantly hooked.

  32. Gotta start somewhere! I started off with graphic design but now diving into web development. Not to bad of a transition, Just takes practice and patience like anything else :—)