Web designers should be both creative and flexible to meet unique needs of each client and both characteristics often transcend the development and the design process. Each designer has unique approaches to his or her work. The particular methods and mindset by which designers turn mental image and idea into a usable and delightful website deserve an investigation. While creative individuals can become an artist, scientists and philosopher at the same time, a web designer often leans more heavily toward a single approach. The approach might determine what path a designer is best suited for it may shed light on how a designer produces results. So, without further ado, these are three common approaches of web design.
A web designer who is engrossed in Adobe Photoshop, sitting in a studio and ruminating on the effects of shapes and colors, is a person like no other. Artists are a creature endowed with immense creative power and they can see the beauty of their surrounding and reflect it in their works while achieving requirements set by the client. An artist may not have the inclination to create a super-sophisticated website, but their works are inspired by their keen eye and care.
A web designer who takes an artistic approach is more interested with the presentation instead of the mechanics behind it. The need to create and the overflowing passion are the hallmarks of artists. They wish to satisfy their love of the visual elements. They relish in showcasing their skills and working at the forefront of design exploration. Their exploration and imagination capacity are only matched by children and by that of children at heart. People who live in a fantastic world of beauty and are inspired by it have the characteristics of an artist. People who live in artistic world will feel an emotional connection and be drawn to their work. Web designers who are also artists often act as muses for other designers.
It’s late at night, a person is working furiously with the computer while generating an endless stream of shapes and codes to meet the looming headline. Scientists are creatures of habit and comfortable in working longer than their peers. They have the stamina to work at ungodly hours to renders thousands lines of codes. While their work habits may seem a bit unhealthy, they have enormous capacity to solve complex problems and process a large amount of information. His logic can make him an inspiring creature in the workplace and the technological world.
Web designers who take the scientific approach are often more interested with codes. Their top priorities are to create structures and make things work. Database workers and programmers are their kin. A picture of coding monkeys might come to mind, however code writing is an involved task and it also requires plenty of creativity, at the same level of an artist.
A web designer gazes on his laptop screen, he may be thinking about a design idea, or so it seem. However underneath, huge wheels are turning, he strategically dreams up a way that can evolve his methodology. Philosophers are unique breed; they incorporate traits of the artists and scientists while offering keen insights into latest trends. They are often emphatic, friendly and engaging.
Web designers who take the philosophical approach often also act as consultants, officially and unofficially. As masterful advocates, they can empathize and coordinate with other types of web designers. Information architects, SEO planners, IA and UX advisors; and usability experts often take philosophical approach. People who design and build websites often receive the most credit. Unfortunately, web designers who take the philosophical approach are often invisible, because their works integrate seamlessly with others’. They often act as advocates for end users, website auditors and; usability and UX testers. People may question their philosophical skills, but their ability to execute vision and to understand end users’ requirements make them worthy addition to the team. Web designers who take philosophical approach are often calmly neutral and can sense what are best for those involved.
Which type of web designer are you?
Job titles in the industry are meant to define our roles and usefulness. While they can delineate our skills set, they don’t come close in explaining how professionals see themselves and how they benefit the community. What make a designer’s approach and style unique? Under certain situations, we can take all three approaches at the same time. Professional web designers often need an equal measure of experience and skills to art and science, theory and development. Still, the way people conduct themselves and perform their tasks hint their true inner being’. After a few years in the web design industry, you’ll meet these three equally gifted designers, but distinguishing between these approaches is usually unnecessary. None are in any way worse or better than the others, web design industry has a genuine need for each of them. It goes without saying that having people with different approaches in the team can help to produce innovative results. If you’re new to the industry, you may perform a little self-examination to determine your current approach.
We are all unique and a bit of everything. All web designers can draw, even if some are only limited to stick figures, and they have artistic capacity that must be channeled. All web designers can work hard and think logically, even if they don’t always show it. They know about basic concepts of HTML, PHP and CSS, and at least can read or write a simple code. Web designers are also social beings, they can understand one another through interaction and each has personal tastes. The also have prejudices and bad habits. Despite this uniqueness, web designers should be open minded and accept the validity of all approaches to make the workplace vibrant. Web designers should have the skills and knowledge needed to complete the task and acknowledge that each approach can produce favorable results. In doing so, people can be driven to acquire new skills and work with colleagues who use unique approaches. If things are a little confusing, you should take a step back to gain enough insight and get a fuller view of your goals. If it’s working, you should be proud of your unique approach. You are unique and you’re more than just a sum of your qualifications.