While design is the art and process of combining individual elements of design (lines, shape, texture, color) into a pleasing arrangment, Web Design is the art and process of creating a single Web page or entire Web sites and may involve both the aesthetics and the mechanics of a Web site’s operation although primarily it focuses on the look and feel of the web site – the design elements.
Web design is a form of electronic publishing. Some of the aspects that may be included in Web design are:
- graphics and animation creation,
- color selection,
- font selection,
- navigation design, and
- content creation.
Web Design vs. Web Development
With growing specialization in the information technology field there is a strong tendency to distinguish between Web Design and Web Development.
This definition separates Web Design from Web Development, which emphasizes the functional features of a web site, as well as positioning web design as a “kind of graphic design”.
Web Develpoment involves the mechanics of a Web site’s operation, and typically comprises of a combination of the following Web-based programming languages and technologies:
- Markup languages (such as HTML, XHTML and XML)
- Style sheet languages (such as CSS and XSL)
- Server-side scripting (such as PHP and ASP)
- Database technologies (such as MySQL and PostgreSQL)
- Multimedia technologies (such as Flash and Silverlight)
Web pages and websites can be static pages, or can be programmed to be dynamic pages that automatically adapt content or visual appearance depending on a variety of factors, such as input from the end-user, input from the Webmaster or changes in the computing environment (such as the site’s associated database having been modified).
Adapted from a Wikipedia article.