I work with designers all the time and i do find that within the design field, there is a huge difference in skill when it comes to designing. They all seem to possess the same skill set. Photoshop, aestethics appreciation, coming up worth something from nothing, etc. but working with so many different types of designers, I find that there are 3 types in the web design playing field.
- The Designer – this person executes and takes instructions, can take the long hours and can make a piece of 2D surface look good.
- The Graphic Designer – this person creates something from nothing and has the ability to fill up any empty space or make something absolutely boring look interesting.
- The Web Designer – this person does not just design in 2D and considers issues such as interactivity, usability, consistency, scalability, etc.
Being in the web design field, I sometimes get frustrated when web designers behave like a Designer or a Graphic Designer. When a design is done and approve, then somewhere in the development cycle, certain design elements can’t work. Its not just a matter of experience, but also if the person is truly a Web Designer or not.
So if you are a designer, what are you?