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06-18-2009, 03:41 PM
what is the difference in webdesigning and graphic designing?

06-18-2009, 04:34 PM
Graphic design can be anything related to graphics which means also print stuff like posters, shirts, or pure illustrations or whatever. Web design includes graphic design but is also much more. If you’re designing websites you also have to have some knowledge about usability design (http://us.forestle.org/en/search.php?q=usability%20design) and user interface design (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_interface_design). Nice graphic skills aren’t the only thing you need, you also need an understanding of what people look for and how to attract attention to certain things you want to promote or whatever.

After all: Web design starts with the content. The graphic design part ist just a matter of how to present the content in an appealing way.

06-21-2009, 11:35 PM
Graphic designing and Web designing are totally different things. Web designing is designing web pages and other stuff related to web basis only, on the otherside side if we talk about Graphic designing, it's only about graphics.


06-22-2009, 04:36 AM
About $20 an hour.

06-24-2009, 03:02 AM
LOL @ drhowarddrfine! but which one gets the extra $20?

A web designer creates and optimize images for use on the web, positions those images in the layout through various techniques, incorporates other non graphical elements into the design, optimizes the layout for different browsers and a lot more.

The graphic designer generally creates images, like VIPStephen said, for various purposes with computer programs like photoshop and autocad but also in various other more traditional mediums such as pencil, pen and ink, paint etc... A few talented web designers will also use these mediums in their craft but the finished product is always digital and intended for display on the internet.

My guess is that eventhough they don't have a clue about CSS or how bad ie sucks, it's probably the graphic designers/artists who get the bigger bucks.:rolleyes:

06-29-2009, 06:11 PM
Graphic design--- designs like browsers, advertising board etc.. .. Web designers design only web and even this technic is differ from graphic design .. resolution quality all diff from graphic design... Can find similarity in tools like photoshop..

06-30-2009, 10:44 AM
Designing for web and print are two different experiences. Just because a designer is good at one doesn't mean they'll be good at the other. It's necessary to understand that web and print share many similarities, but they also have many differences.
Below is a list of things to consider when going from print design to web design:

Resolution is the quality of an image. It's measured in terms of pixels. If you see an image listed as "72 ppi", that means the image has 72 pixels per inch (ppi). Because web graphics are viewed on screen, they should be no larger than 72 ppi. A large ppi image will load slower, and won't necessarily look any better.

Image Files - Gifs and Jpegs
JPEG stands for Joint Photographers Experts Group. It's a great format that retains color and detail found in photographs and graphics with lots of color blends. JPEGs can display millions of colors so it's ideal for print work.

GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. Most web pages use this format because it's supported by all web browsers, can display up to 256 colors, and can include transparent backgrounds. GIFS are appropriate for image files with little color variation, and for images that will only be viewed on screen.

Photographs saved as GIFs may appear grainy. Single color images saved as JPEGs may appear fuzzy. When you save a graphic image, consider what type of file it is. Remember, GIFs work best with images having few colors or color variations. JPEGs work best with photographs or images to be printed.

There is a major difference between choosing fonts for web as opposed to print. With print design, your completed piece will display the font specified during the design process. You don't have to worry that a reader will open your brochure and not have the proper fonts displayed. However, web designers never know for sure if their fonts will display properly.
Unlike with print, web fonts differ based on the web browser being used. Your audience can only view the same font you're viewing if it's installed on their computer. If you design a beautiful website using Chaucer Bold, and none of your viewers have that font, their browsers will have to find a substitute.

This is why it's good to be conservative when it comes to web fonts. Your beautifully designed page can look horrible when displayed on someone else's browser. Don't let your hard work go to waste. Stick to fonts such as Helvetica, Arial, Times New Roman, or Verdana. All web browsers are capable of displaying these fonts. However, if you do want to use a creative font, you can include it in a graphic file. But this will cause your page to load slower.

If you're a print designer faced with designing a web page, take time to study the subject. You will be able to create a pleasing and effective site if you recognize the differences between print and web design