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Are you among those people who think that web designing is same as graphic designing? If yes, then you are mistaken. Here, we would explain how the two are different. Graphic designing and web designing happens to be two different aspects of designing. While the two are closely related to one another, there are loads of differences among them as well.
Let’s look at them in detail.
What is Graphic Designing?
This is probably something that you already know. As clear from the term, it involves creating graphics, images, and typography to present an idea. Graphic design is used in different media starting from print media to digital media. The various images, prints, and designs that you see on posters, printed billboards, and brochures are created by graphic designers. Graphic designers work on various web-based projects as well and create designs and images that you see on various websites. Infographics are also created by graphic designers.
Graphic designers are not into programming and look after the designing aspect only. They create graphics which are used in both print and digital media.
What is Web Designing?
Web designing is similar to graphic designing in the way that it involves creating images and designs as well. However, their use is completely limited to the World Wide Web. There are many restrictions that as web designer need to keep in mind while making the designs. A website needs to load fast and so a web designer needs to keep things like resolution, file size, etc. in mind while creating images and typographies.
Many a times, web designers are forced to compromise with the quality of their work. They need to make use of compressed images in order to increase the loading time of a website. Web designers also need to have basic programming knowledge as they need to convert their designs into functional websites.
Basic Differences between Web Design and Graphic Design
When it comes to designing, things are very different from the print media and the web. Also, not all graphic designers can be web designers. Here are the major differences between web design and graphic design:
- Resolution: You probably know what resolution is and it defines the quality of an image and is measured in pixels. For example, HD TVs come with a resolution 1920x1080 pixels. Images too have a resolution — the higher the resolution, the better is the quality of the image. However, web graphics cannot be higher than 72 pixels. This is because web graphics are seen on a screen. A graphic with a high resolution takes a long time to load and there is no guarantee that it would look better.
- Fonts: There is a big difference when it comes to choosing fonts for print media and choosing fonts for the web. As far as the print media is concerned, the font that would get displayed depends on what is decided during the design process. Once that is done, you do not need to worry about anything — you would get the same font that you chose and your readers would see the same font as well. It is different, in the case of web designing. Web designers are never sure of what the visitors of the website would actually see and if the fonts would get displayed properly or not.
In the case of web designing, the fonts differ and it depends on the web browser that is being used. The visitors would only be able to see the same font if it is installed in their system. Suppose, a web designer designs a website using Chaucer bold font. Your viewers would be able to see that font only if they have that font in their system. If not, then the browser would have to look for a substitute. A beautifully designed page would not look beautiful unless the browser supports the same font.
Image Files (JPEGs and GIFs): JPEG is a great format that is well-known for retaining colours and showing minute details. They can display millions of colours and different colour blends and so are ideal for print work and graphic designing. GIFs, on the other hand, can display 256 colours but are used in most websites as these are supported across all browsers. They include transparent backgrounds too. GIFs are only suitable for web designing work as they offer very little colours variation. They are also ideal for images that you can view only on some type of screen, like computer or mobile.
Thus, web and graphic designing is very different and requires different skill sets.
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