Good design is good business….
Web design is a broad term of covering many different skills and disciplines that are used in the production and maintenance of the websites.
The different areas of the web design included; web graphic design, interface designs, authoring; including standardized codes and proprietary software’s, user experience design and search engine optimization. Often many individuals will be work in teams of covering different aspects of the design processed, although some designers will be cover them all. The terms of web design are normally used to describe the design process relating to the front-end (client side) design of a website including writing mark up, but this are a grey area as this is also covered by the web development. The web designers are expected to have an awareness of usability and if their role involves creating mark up then they have also expected to be up to date with the web accessibility guidelines.
The Web designers are use a variety of different tools depending on what part of the production process they are involve in. These tools are updated over time by newer standardeds and software but the principles behind them remain the same. The web graphic designers are use vector and raster graphics packages for creating the web formatted imagery or design prototypes. Technologies used for creating websites include standardized mark up which could be hand coded or generated by WYSIWYG editing software. There are also proprietary software’s based on plug-ins that bypasses the client’s browsers version, these are often WYSIWYG but with the option of using the software’s scripting language. Search engine optimizations tools may be used to check search engine ranking and suggest improvements.